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Dominated by its famous cathedral, the ecclesiastical capital of England is still redolent of the Middle Ages. Long open to influences from the Continent, the city grew up along Watling Street, the great Roman thoroughfare linking London with the port of Dover. It is also the terminus of the Pilgrims' Way, a pathway of prehistoric origin used by pilgrims to reach St Thomas Becket's shrine. Today, Canterbury is also the seat of a university.
Tourist attractions Canterbury : Things to see and do
11 The Precincts
Seat of the primate archbishop of England, parts of this cathedral date back to the 12C (choir and crypt), and rebuilt by a Frenchman, Guillaume de Sens, after the fire of 1174. Although it was designed by De Sens, the work was actually carried out b..
The Abbey was founded in 597 by St Augustin. Some major ruins remain of the large abbey church from the romanesque period that replaced the Saxon buildings. Here you will also find remains of Saxon tombs and, to the east, St Pancras Church, a former ..
Famous Canterbury street that has preserved its medieval charm. Offers an impressive view of the western towers of the cathedral and Christ Church Gate, a monumental gate made between 1504 and 1521 and decorated with coats of arms, that is the main e..
The Precincts GB - Canterbury CT1 2EH
In the private and peaceful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, this stylish lodge offers free Wi-Fi, hearty breakfasts and scenic views. Canterbury’s historic centre is a 2-minute walk away. The bright and airy bedrooms at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge e..
18 The Friars GB - Canterbury CT1 2AS
Situated within the Roman city walls of historic Canterbury’s centre, this family-run hotel dates back to the 16th century. It offers free WiFi, an à la carte restaurant, and a cosy, oak-beamed bar. With a flat-screen TV, each traditional room at Th..
28 Castle Street GB - Canterbury CT1 2PT
In historic Canterbury, this charming 3-star metro hotel has free WiFi and free parking. The city centre and 2 rail stations are within easy reach. Each spacious en-suite room at Castle House is elegantly furnished and has a flat-screen digital TV. ..
Faversham Rd GB - CT5 4BP Seasalter
An unassuming-looking pub serving excellent food: dishes feature four or five complementary ingredients and are carefully prepared; flavours are well-judged and presentation is original. The full tasting menu must be booked in advance but the 5 cours..
25-27 Sun St GB - CT1 2HX Canterbury
Charming building in the shadow of the cathedral. The rustic interior consists of several different areas with old wood furnishings and funky modern wallpaper. Hearty British cooking uses ingredients from the owner's smallholding.
High St GB - CT1 2RX Canterbury
Spacious, modern restaurant divided in two by a smart, glass-walled wine cellar. Accomplished, contemporary cooking is stylishly presented, with classic combinations of ingredients interpreted in a modern fashion. Private chef's table.
Street End GB - CT4 7AL Lower Hardres
Sizeable family-run pub on a village T-junction. The open-plan interior has a high ceiling, exposed rafters and a Scandinavian feel. Constantly evolving blackboard menus offer unfussy, generous dishes; veg is from their allotment.
Station Rd. West, St Dunstans GB - CT2 8AN Canterbury
Daily farmers' market and food hall in an early Victorian locomotive shed, selling an excellent variety of organic, free range and homemade produce. Hearty, rustic, daily changing dishes are served at scrubbed wooden tables.
14-15 Beer Cart Ln GB - CT1 2NY Canterbury
This modern restaurant is hidden away, just off the main street. A striking tiled floor leads through to a spacious, moodily lit room. Local ingredients - some foraged from the woods - feature in deftly spiced Anglo-Indian dishes.