Built on the success of Tenterden Garden Centre, Canterbury Garden Centre opened in 2009. The Centre’s spacious and modern layout is complemented by an excellent team of local staff with strong horticultural backgrounds and upholds the exceptional levels of service, knowledge and presentation that we have become renowned for.

Stocking a wide range of quality plants, garden sundries, garden tools, wild bird care products and giftware, Canterbury Garden Centre is everything you would expect from a reputable retailer. We pride ourselves upon the quality and value of our plants, hand watering each individually with rainwater, collected in large underground tanks.

Our comprehensive range of garden and cane furniture is one of the biggest in the South East and allows the opportunity to try before you buy – which to us, is the most integral part of the purchasing process. There’s even a coffee shop & restaurant to relax in afterwards not to mention children’s play centres, giant Gorilla and Living World Pet & Aquatic Centre.

You will find Canterbury Garden Centre on the A291 Canterbury Road at Herne Common, just 3 minutes from the A299 Thanet Way.

Living World Pet & Aquatic Centre at Canterbury Garden Centre

Here at Groves Coffee Shop & Restaurant we believe in creating tasty, wholesome meals that are reasonably priced. We pride ourselves upon our homemade, creative approach to our dishes, and lovingly bake a wide selection of cakes and sweet treats so that every time you visit you can expect the same quality and high standard we have become renowned for.

Our dishes are freshly prepared to order so please do let us know should you have any specific dietary requirements.

Working Time

Monday – Friday 9.00 – 17.00
Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday 10.00 – 15.30


We have teamed up with many of the UK’s leading suppliers and manufacturers for aquatic, reptile and pet supplies including Oase, Hozelock, Blagdon, Tetra, Aqua One, Interpet & Juwel, so that we can guarantee both quality and value whatever the product. Our strong working relationships allow us a greater scope of products, the best prices and latest deals available.

As standard we offer a 3-day guarantee on fish livestock and a free water testing service. We can provide RO water as well as maintenance and treatment advice alongside expert aquatic & reptile knowledge. We even offer timed delivery of our fish throughout England for just £20 per box and we are happy to provide a quote for post codes elsewhere within the UK.

Please note reptiles, snakes and spiders are currently only available from our Tenterden store.

Have a question? We’d be happy to help, you can contact us on 01227 376963 or e-mail us at

We pride ourselves upon our excellent customer service, extensive range and value and above all our expertise and genuine care for our livestock. At Living World Aquatic & Pet Centre here at Canterbury Garden Centre we hand-pick all our livestock from reputable breeders and licensed importers, enabling you to buy from us with confidence and all our fish come with a 3-day guarantee!

Aquariums, Equipment & Accessories
Aquariums, Equipment & Accessories
Liners and Preformed Ponds, Equipment, Accessories & Plants
Grooming Accessories, Beds, Cages, Toys & Christmas Gifts
State-of-the-Art Vivariums, Plants, Live Food & Livestock


Another year packed full of fun, affordable events for the family! We understand the costs involved with running a family, particularly days out and that’s why we aim to make our events as affordable as possible. Where an activity is not free we try to keep the charges to an absolute minimum, that way the whole family can enjoy a day out.

Join us this October Half Term for our family fun day at Canterbury Garden Centre!

What you need to know:

Date: Wednesday 26th October

Time: 10.30am – 4pm

Location: Canterbury Garden Centre, Canterbury Road (A291), Herne Common, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT6 7LJ

Competition: Come dressed to impressed in your finest fancy dress costume (the spookier the better!) to be in with a chance of winning family tickets to the Herne Bay Zombie Ball. Entrants will be photographed in our themed booth between 11am – 2pm only. Canterbury Garden Centre Team will choose their top 5 pictures which will then go on our Facebook page for the public to choose their favourite!

Free Activities: Kent Fire & Rescue, Kent Search & Rescue

Charged Activities: Activity Trail, Face Painting, Joey the Clown, Penfold’s Reptile Encounters, Nelson Park Riding Centre

Free entry & free parking!

Canterbury Garden Centre Half Term

*Please note details & dates are subject to change. Keep an eye on our website, twitter and facebook pages for latest information.

Christmas Open Evening with Canterbury Garden Centre

Get in the festive spirit with Canterbury Garden Centre! Extended opening hours, festive entertainment and a complimentary mince pie & mulled wine await.

What you need to know:

Date: Wednesday 16th November

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Location: Canterbury Garden Centre, Canterbury Road (A291), Herne Common, Canterbury CT6 7LJ

Entertainment: Carol singing from local Brownies, live music from the Jazzy Misfits, jolly Christmas guests

Extras: Complimentary mulled wine and mince pie

Christmas Open Evening at Canterbury Garden Centre Herne Common

Visit Father Christmas at Canterbury Garden Centre

Father Christmas will be at Canterbury Garden Centre every weekend from 26th November – 18th December!

What you need to know:

Dates: 26th Nov – 18th Dec

Location: Canterbury Garden Centre, Canterbury Road (A291), Herne Common, Canterbury CT6 7LJ

Times: Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm

Cost: FREE, donations welcomed by the Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions

Visit Santa at Canterbury Garden Centre Herne Common

Canterbury’s Local, Family Run, Independent Garden Centre

Working Time

Monday – Friday 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday 9.00 – 17.30
Sunday 10.00 – 16.00


Canterbury Road (A291) Herne Common

Nr. Herne Bay Kent, CT6 7LJ

Tel: 01227 375415


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