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Westgate Towers


Built in 1380 the Westgate Towers is England's largest surviving Medieval gateway. Explore its unique history & take in some of the most iconic views in the county of Kent.


Museum & Battlements Viewpoint

The Westgate Towers is a medieval gatehouse approximately 60 foot (18m) high and is the largest surviving city gate in England. Built of Kentish ragstone c1380, it is the last surviving of Canterbury's 7 Medieval gates, one of Canterbury's iconic landmarks. The Tower is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed. Visitors can explore its rich history and take in the spectacular views of the city from the battlements viewpoint.

Our exhibits cover four themes including City Defences & The Wars, Crime & Punishment, The Towers Through History and The Magna Carta Maquettes.

Also part of the attraction are the original felons' cells built c1830 in the gaol extension which houses our Escape Room attraction and the c1907 police station cells on the ground floor as part of The Pound Bar & Kitchen. Look out for the black 'History Discs' located on all floors which give more information on the former uses of each space over the years.

The iconic Westgate Towers is also available to hire for special events, please visit our event page.


Opening hours

MON - SUN 11am - 4pm


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Please note that the only access is via narrow stairs of 5 flights and that doorways are narrow because of their listed status