Canterbury Things to Do

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    Cathedral from the cloisters
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    Cathedral west and south
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Canterbury

  • 1. Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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. St Augustine's Abbey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It is worth visiting St Augustine's Abbey, which was a Benedictine monastery in Canterbury, Kent. The abbey was founded in 598 and functioned as a monastery until its dissolution in 1538 during the...

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  • 3. Walking

    Long Distance Walk from Winchester in Hampshire to Thomas Becket's shrine in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent. http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/northdowns/article.asp?PageId=3&ArticleId=8 Winchester is...

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  • 4. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 7. 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 older and most interesting...

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  • 8. Dane John Gardens

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 9. Canterbury Tales Experience

    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, it is a self-guided tour, accompanied...

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  • 10. Historic River Tours

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 11. EastBridge Hospital

    4 out of 5 stars

    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. 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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  • 13. Westgate Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A very pleasant park, and a nice place to avoid the hurly burly of the City Centre. As the plaque in the second picture shows, the gardens were laid out and donated to the public in 1936 by a very...

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  • 14. River Stour

    Flowing through the heart of historic Canterbury, the River Stour gives one the opportunity to pick a bench and relax. My favorite spot was near the Westgate near the park. This River Stour is...

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  • 15. Old Weaver's House

    4 out of 5 stars

    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, although there is evidence placing a...

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  • 16. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. Buttermarket

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is my favourite part of Canterbury, its called Buttermarket, i don't know why but as soon as i find out i will let you know. This square is centred around the main entrance to the cathederal...

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  • 22. St Thomas the Martyr Hospital

    Very soon after Becket's murder in 1170, the cathedral where he was killed and buried became a focus for pilgrimage. As part of an effort to provide accommodation for pilgrims, the Hospital (hostel...

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  • 23. Greyfriars

    Unfortunately, this rather lovely and very ancient chapel was not open when I visited. It is the only building which still exists from the first Franciscan abbey ever built in England, following the...

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  • 24. St George's Church

    All that’s left of St George's Church today is the tower. The church was the site of the baptism of Christopher Marlowe, The foremost Elizabethan tragedian before William Shakespeare, on February 26th...

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  • 25. 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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