Canterbury Things to Do

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    Cathedral from the cloisters
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    Cathedral west and south
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  • 1. Cathedral

    The present Cathedral is built on the site of a former church dating to Roman times. Its building styles denote crucial moments in the cathedral's history. Approach to the Cathedral is through Christ...

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  • 2. Historic River Tours

    I found this tour after a bit of looking on the internet and it was the top rated one so I decided to go with them. After a 20 minute wait round the back of a pub I got on the boat with my wife who...

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  • 3. Tales

    The 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote stories about the journeys of various types of pilgrims from London to Canterbury called the Canterbury Tales. The stories provide an interesting insight...

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  • 4. Dane John Gardens

    Danejohn Gardens seems to have been pretty much wasteland in between being used as the original site of Canterbury's motte-and-bailey castle and being remodelled by Alderman Simmons in the...

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  • 5. Christ Church Gate

    Before you ever get to view the Cathedral in all it's splendour, you have to go through the gate into the Precincts. But what a gate! It is a magnificent structure in it's own right, and well worthy...

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  • 6. City Walls

    Among the Roman relics in Canterbury are the remains of the town walls. Canterbury was surrounded by a wall in Roman times. It was not until a period of unrest across the Empire in the 270's that a...

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  • 7. West Gate

    This magnificent bit of Medieval architecture is the finest gatehouse still standing in England. At more than 60 feet tall it is still hugely imposing: imagine the city walls still standing and the...

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  • 8. Castle

    Canterbury castle, along with Dover and Rochester, were built soon after the Norman invasion of 1066. The Normans were great ones for building castles: there are literally hundreds of them doted...

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  • 9. Royal Museum

    This is a combined museum and art gallery on the upper floor of a rather magnificent building which serves on the ground floor as the City Library. The majority of the exhibits are paintings and...

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  • 10. St Augustine's Abbey

    St Augistine founded the Abbey in 597 CE just outside the walls of Canterbury marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Already standing on the site were three Saxon churches, dedicated...

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  • 11. EastBridge Hospital

    Canterbury, with it's religious associations has long been a place of pilgrimage, and remains so to this day. Nowadays, the visitor may well stay in an hotel or bed and breakfast, but obviously this...

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  • 12. Westgate Gardens

    In Summer, this is a wonderful retreat from the bustling streets with trees and shrubs providing shelter from the sun. You can venture on a punting tour on the river Stour. Some fish under the water's...

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  • 13. Mayoralty Tower House

    You'll find this rather lovely building in Westgate Gardens, near Westgate Towers (one of the city's ancient gates). The house has been built around one of the 21 bastions of Canterbury's Medieval...

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  • 14. Cathedral Cloister

    Although the Chapter House is not actually the cloisters (obviously) it leads off them, so I think it counts here as a tip. You can't access it by any route other than passing through at least part of...

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  • 15. Mercery Lane

    Mercery Lane is a tiny and narrow pedestrianised street leading from busy High Street to Christchurch Gate, the main gateway to the Cathedral Precinct. It is very atmospheric here, but with a couple...

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  • 16. Dane John Mound

    I liked Danejohn mound. Why 'Danejohn'? Nothing to do with Danish men, just a corruption of the word 'donjon' which originally meant a fortified mound....which is what Danejohn mound was. Why did I...

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  • 17. St.Martins Church

    St. Martin is probably one of the oldest church in England which is still in use as a parish church. It was most probably build as a Roman church in the 4th century outside the walls of Canterbury. On...

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  • 18. Steady the Buffs.

    you may have heard the expression "Steady the Buffs", but do you know who or what the Buffs are? This is the place to find out.The Buffs was a nickname given to...

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  • 19. Tell me a tale of long ago.

    This tip refers to the Canterbury Tales experience, one of the multi-media attractions that seem to be becoming more popular in tourist destinations. Basically,...

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  • 20. Museum of Canterbury, featuring Rupert the Bear!

    Even if there was not a single exhibit in this building, it would be worth a visit. The building, as I hope you can see from the photographs, is quite...

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  • 21. A decent pub.

    Update August 2013.I have revisited this tip some eight years after I wrote it to amend the website which I had noticed not to be working as the parent brewery...

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  • 22. Walk The Cobblestone Streets

    There are various department stores and retailers, but also hidden gems between the Costa's and Debenhams.Take a slow walk through the city center area, next to...

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  • 23. Enjoy the architecture.

    Central Canterbury (the bit inside the city walls) has largely retained its Medieval street layout and, I was very pleased to see, has also kept much of its...

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  • 24. The Old Weaver's House

    A lovely example of very early English architecture, worth taking a closer look at as you wander Canterbury's High Street.The building dates from around 1500,...

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  • 25. The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

    I thought this was such a wonderful building I just had to make a tip about it!The Beaney Museum is a riot of Victorian Gothic twiddliness, set on Canterbury's...

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