The pretty English city holidaymakers can’t stop comparing to Paris

HOLIDAYMEN compared a city in England to Paris.

The British city is home to cobbled streets, quaint shops, an imposing cathedral and French patisseries.

Holidaymakers compare Canterbury (pictured) to Paris


Holidaymakers compare Canterbury (pictured) to ParisCredit: Alamy
Canterbury (pictured) is compared to Paris for its independent shops


Canterbury (pictured) is compared to Paris for its independent shopsCredit: Alamy
Paris (pictured) is known for its picturesque buildings


Paris (pictured) is known for its picturesque buildingsCredit: Alamy
Paris (pictured) is also a great place for cafes


Paris (pictured) is also a great place for cafesCredit: Alamy

Canterbury in south-east England is compared to the French capital by holidaymakers who have recently taken day trips.

Both have a network of independent shops, cobbled streets, French bakeries and pretty cathedrals.

Canterbury’s skyline is dominated by Canterbury Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and most famous Christian structures England.

Founded by St Augustine in AD 597, the towering cathedral is now a World Heritage Site.

It is one of the UK’s most visited attractions. Visitors share their thoughts in reviews on TripAdvisor.

One person compared the British cathedral to a structure in Paris.

They write: “[It’s] just like Notre-Dame in Paris.

After a fire, Notre-Dame is currently being rebuilt. Experts hope the Paris landmark will reopen to the public in 2024.

Canterbury Cathedral tickets now cost £16 for a full-paying adult.

More recently, British holidaymakers have compared Canterbury to Paris for its abundance of shops and cafes.

Earlier this year, TikTok user siti_shoots posted about her recent trip to the city.

A caption over the video Read: “If you want a Parisian flavor but don’t want to go abroad, this is where you should come.”

She filmed herself and her friend strolling the cobbled streets of Canterbury.

In the footage, she also included clips of the colorful store fronts, including Canterbury’s Wonky Bookshop, which features a jaunty door.

She also introduced a French bakery in the clip.

While the video only had 380 views, other users have also compared the two locations.

TikToker Chuiable shared her “Paris-style” find on a recent trip to the city of Kent.

She wrote: “Bonjour! I stumbled across this cute Parisian style cafe on the streets of Canterbury.”

In the footage, she filmed herself strolling through a French-inspired cafe.

For those holidaymakers looking to sample French pastries, there are three bakeries to choose from in Canterbury including Cafe St Pierre, Patisserie Valerie – Canterbury and Bloomer Bakery.

Meanwhile, for holiday shoppers there are plenty of independent boutiques to snag the perfect souvenir including Sowley UK, Madame Oiseau and of course the Wonky Bookshop.

Paris comparisons aside, there are other things to do in the city, including a punt ride on the canal and a visit to the Roman Museum.

Canterbury is a 90 minute train journey from central London and we found return tickets for £32.20 for a full paying adult.

And this isn’t the only place in the UK to be compared to a European destination.

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While a small town in Scotland is compared to a stunning Italian island for its bright buildings.

Here are some other places in the UK that look like they are overseas.

Holidaymakers have also compared Canterbury Cathedral to Notre-Dame in Paris (pictured)


Holidaymakers have also compared Canterbury Cathedral to Notre-Dame in Paris (pictured)Credit: Alamy
Users on TikTok compared Canterbury to Paris


Users on TikTok compared Canterbury to ParisCredit: Alamy

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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