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Canterbury sites

Visit Canterbury: A UNESCO city with The Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, The Norman Castle, The Kings School – The oldest school in England. Step back to the middle ages and visit The Canterbury Tales Museum or Roman Moseque Museum. Take a Punt down the river or walk through fabulous gardens, along the ancient city walls and the cobbled streets among medieval buildings and tudor houses...

History

Canterbury Arts

Background

Canterbury is a world heritage Cathedral City lying on the River Stour in the county of Kent – the ‘Garden of England’. The city is stepped in history, most famous for its Roman occupation in the first century AD, Thomas Becket’s in murder the Cathedral in 1170 and Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century literary classic The Canterbury Tales.

The Cathedral

canterbury_cathedralThe Cathedral dates back to Norman times and is England's most impressive and important Cathedral - the center of the chruch of England. It took over 400 years to build going back to 597AD. The Cathedral was also the centre point for Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales based on the famous pilgrimages.

The West Gate

canterbury_cathedralThe West Gate has stood for six centuries guarding the road to and from London. Hundreds of thousands of medieval pilgrims, on their way to visit Saint Thomas Becket's shrine, entered the city walls through this gateway.

St Augustins Abbey

St Augustines AbbeySt Augustins Abbey marks the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created by Augustine to be used as a monastery, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church. This impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and free audio tour. Text courtesy of English Heritage.

Museums

Rupert Bear MuseumThe city has many museums and art galleries to visit - The Museum of Canterbury, Rupert the Bear Museum, Roman Museum and a wealth of art galleries including The Herbert Reed, Sidney Cooper and Stark Galleries.

Culture

Canterbury Arts

Gardens

The Dane John GardensCanterbury has a number of attractive gardens, many riverside, including the award winning Westgate gardens where you can take a trip along the river Stour through the gardens on a traditional punt.

Entertainment

Lounge on the Farm 08The Canterbury festival is a multi arts festival which takes place in mid October yearly. With more than 200 events over 2 weeks from classical music to contemporary dance, and from Comedy to world music with theatre, talks and visual arts. During July Lounge on the Farm provides 3 days of music and live evens with local food and top acts from around the UK and Kent - pictured opposite.

The Marlowe Theatre is Kent's major cultural centre, staging more than 400 performances a year, including drama, opera, musicals, dance, ballet, orchestral music, jazz, folk and pop concerts. Many famous faces over the years have appeared and performed at the Marlowe including Jason Donovan, The Riverdance team, Jo Pasquale, Gloria Hunniford, Bucks Fizz and more recently Marti Pellow, Kid Creloe, Elkie Brooks, The CBeebies , The Royal London Orchestra and Sheila Ferguson (Three Degrees).

Dover, Whitstable and Broadstairs have weekly entertainment events along with yearly festivals such as the Whitstable Oyster and harbour festival and Broadstairs folk week. Time your stay in Canterbury with The Coach House and take in Canterbury and the surrounding areas events and festivals. For more infomation on weekly events and entertainment as well as yearly events calender visit www.visitkent.co.uk

Food and Drink

Food and Drink CanterburyCanterbury offers a wealth of food and drink to suit all tastes. Among those worth a visit are the independently owned The Farmhouse, Cafe des Amis and The Goods Shed. The Farmhouse and The Goods Shed pride themselves on using local produce and The Goods Shed has a daily market with a mix of meats, vegetables and seafoods on offer whilst the Cafe des Amis is famed locally for its outstanding Mexican dishes. All 3 offer unique and quality dinning experiences if its a lunch, light snack or romantic evening dinner. There is a variety of local cafes along the pedestrian streets and narrow alleyways serving an array of teas, cakes and snacks, many with homemade cakes, mixed with pizza, Thai, Indian international cuisine restaurants. Kent has five restaurants with Michelin stars including The Sportsman in Whitstable.