The Buttermarket

Buttermarket - Canterbury

Situated in the Heart of Canterbury is the town's historical Butter Market. Situated directly opposite the Cathedral entrance the pedestrianised court yard has served as focal point for the town for more than 800 years.

The name "Butter Market" was adopted 200 years ago to replace the previous, and less desirable name "Bullstake", named after the practise of the baiting of bulls with dogs in belief that it tenderised their meat.

Situated on top of Roman ruins and a series of secret tunnels, used to hide the monks, the square now serves as War Memorial and public events.

With a selection of Cafes, Gift Shops and restaurants, it is a popular destination of domestic and foreign visitors alike.