The City of Canterbury

canterbury cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury city is of course the home of the leader of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is located in the far east of England close to the eastern coastline and near popular tourist destinations such as Herne Bay where visitors can find traditional traditional English seaside recreations as well as modern water sports including jet skiing and sailing.

The city itself has a long history, and a visit to the Canterbury Heritage Museum will provide a fascinating overview of the past, with around 30 interactive displays and exciting hands-on activities plus artefacts dating back to ancient times. Canterbury being the birthplace of many well-known children’s characters, it is no surprise that   children  can here meet the real Bagpuss,  Ivor the Engine and Rupert Bear, all housed in an impressive medieval timber-framed building.

canterbury city wall

Canterbury city wall

More generally Canterbury offers great architectural beauty in the World Heritage site formed from the Cathedral,  St Martin’s Church and  St Augustine’s Abbey. There are also many other attractions to enjoy. Why not take a  tour on the river Stour which runs through the city, visit other interesting museums or experience the city at first hand with a walking tour.

The area of Canterbury has a climate suited to wine production, and a visit to a local vineyard makes a fascinating day out. Barnsole vineyard welcomes visitors and you can freely sample the local produce, take a full guided tour to discover how the wines are made or use the free picnic area. Car parking is free so this is a low-cost way to experience the area. If you don’t want the full tour, free mini-tours lasting about 20 minutes are on offer.

If you want to eat out there are numerous excellent restaurants, tea room and cafes and bars and pubs to try out. Whether you want a romantic meal for two, an eatery with buzz and energy or a quick bite to keep you going there is an establishment to suit your needs. After your meal you might want to visit the newly refurbished Marlowe theatre where you can take in a show, listen to internationally famous musicians and orchestras, participate in drama teaching sessions or enjoy a performance by a popular music group. The theatre holds frequent events throughout the year. Alternatively you might check out the Gulbenkian Theatre located in the University grounds where many famous personalities have performed over the years.

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