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  • 1 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 2 St Augustine's Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Long Port

    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 ..

  • 3 King's School Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Institute designed by Henri VIII in 1541. This school occupies the buildings of the former cathedral monastery, most of which are arranged around the pleasant Green Court. From here, you can appreciate the incredible length of the cathedral. On the n..

  • 4 West Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. St Peter's

    The last gate that was once part of the town ramparts and was later used as a prison. A museum containing an interesting collection of weapons has now bee installed above the gate. From the ramparts, you get a good panoramic view of the city centre, ..

  • 5 Canterbury Heritage Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    st. Stour

    The hospice was founded in the 13C as a shelter for the poor. The current buildings are said to date back to 1373. Here you can visit a museum devoted to the history of Canterbury and its surrounding area. The ground floor has Roman, Anglo-Saxon and ..

  • 6 St Martin's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    North Holmes Road

    Built on St Martin's Hill and considered to be the oldest parish church in England, it has an impressive Perpendicular style steeple. The brick used in the building of its walls is Roman. With its simple design, the church has romanesque baptismal fo..

  • 7 Mercery Lane Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mercery Lane

    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..

  • 8 Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    25 st. High

    Founded in 1180 by Edward Fitzoldbold, a rich citizen of Canterbury, the original buildings housed pilgrims who had come to see the tomb of Saint Thomas. Inside stands a 14 C chapel, which is still used for prayer. Upstairs, the northern wall of the ..

  • 9 Greyfriars House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    25 st. High

    Charming 13C house on the River Stour, which was once home to Franciscans. The room on the first floor is today a chapel open to the public.

  • 10 The Canterbury Tales

    Museums and art

    st. St Margaret's

    The Church of St Margaret has been specially refurbished to house an ingenious multimedia exhibition of the colourful characters imagined by Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400).

  • 11 City Walls

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Upper Bridge

    A circular path leads across the top of the well-preserved medieval walls that was solidly built on Roman foundations. From the top of Dane John Mound, there is a charming view of the monument built to honour Christopher Marlowe, the famous Canterbur..

  • 12 St Dunstan's Church

    Religious buildings

    st. St Dunstan's

    Founded at the end of the 11C by Lanfranc, this church welcomed Henry II in 1174 when he made penitence for his part in the murder of Thomas Becket. When Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, was decapitated in 1535, his daughter Margaret, wife of..

  • 13 Royal Museum and Art Gallery

    Museums and art

    18 st. High

    The collection of decorative art and painting includes a gallery dedicated to the Victorian animal painter Thomas Sydney Cooper (1803-1902), who came from Canterbury. The Buffs Museum celebrates the Royal East Kent Regiment, whose soldiers were calle..

  • 14 Roman Museum

    Museums and art

    Butchery Lane

    The Roman remains found under the Longmarket shopping centre are presented in this modern museum that uses contemporary techniques to breathe life back into the town of Dunovernum Cantiacorum and familiarise the visitor with the fascinating side of a..

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