Mini guide to Canterbury
Canterbury, made famous by its rich cultural and religious heritage, is Kent's
premier tourist destination. The delightfully historic city consists of cobbled
streets and inspiring architecture and is crowned by the stunning Canterbury Cathedral,
making it one of the most picturesque cities in England.
Canterbury Cathedral was built in 1070 as the first cathedral in England and
is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its magnificent design dominates the city's
skyline and the cathedral has been an important pilgrimage site since the assassination
of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. The original cathedral, founded by St Augustine
in 597 AD, lies beneath the nave. The ruins of St Augustine's Abbey can also
be explored. St Martin's Church, where continuous Christian worship has taken
place since at least 597 AD, is the oldest parish church in England.
The Canterbury Tales is a popular attraction that recreates 14th century England
and celebrates Canterbury's distinguished literary heritage. Canterbury Castle
was built in the late 11th century by the Normans; while other popular attractions
include the 14th century West Gate and ancient Roman ruins. The Museum of Canterbury
tells the story of the city and offers hands-on activities, while other notable
museums include the Roman Museum and the Royal Museum and Art Gallery.
Canterbury boasts an excellent range of restaurants offering a huge array of
international cuisine. The atmosphere provided by the old buildings and cobbled
streets is magical. Shopping is varied, with street markets, specialist stalls
and shopping centres all on offer. A large number of pubs and inns provide the
bulk of the city's nightlife.
The countryside surrounding Kent is an area of superb natural beauty and is
dotted with historic hamlets and ancient churches. Faversham is a medieval market
town with beautifully restored 18th century buildings, while Sandwich is one
of England's best preserved medieval towns and boasts winding, narrow cobbled
lanes and ancient buildings. Belmont House, a unique Georgian house surrounded
by classical English country parkland, offers panoramic views of the Kent countryside.
The M20 and M2 motorways provide easy access to London, while the A2 and the
A260 connect Canterbury with the Channel port of Dover and the Eurotunnel car
shuttle terminal at Cheriton. There are two mainline railway stations offering
services to London and beyond, as well as local services around Kent, while
coach services are available to all major UK cities. Kent International Airport
is a 30- minute drive from Canterbury and offers flights across the UK and Europe.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Macdonald Hotels, The Chaucer Hotel
Express by Holiday Inn Canterbury
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full list of hotels and online booking