Visit Canterbury in Kent either for a day or a weekend. This place is known for some of its historic places and is a beautiful place to see.
Canterbury in Kent is best known for its stunning Cathedral, which is the oldest in England along with its history. The streets are narrow with many shops, cafes, tea rooms and restaurants. There are many other places to see, such as, the Canterbury Norman Castle and St.Augustine's Abbey. Walking through Canterbury is an interesting way to see what there is to do there. If considering a day out to this beautiful town, then there are a few places to see and experience.
Places to Visit in Canterbury
Visit the very old Canterbury Cathedral in the morning. The history of the Cathedral goes back as far as 597AD. It is the mother church of Anglican Communion, seat to the Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Beckett was murdered inside this Cathedral and ever since, it has become a famous place to visit. It has attracted thousands of pilgrimages, as told in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. It is fascinating inside and interesting to see. It welcomes all visitors. The Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Canterbury Norman Castle, also, a historic place was established in the 1080s by the Normans. There is not a great deal left of the castle now, as the original Norman building was demolished by the Victorians. It has been expanded and modernized for many different uses in the past. It was once used as a jail and even a storage depot. Now, it is open to the public and receives many visitors every day. Visit the castle during these times Monday to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Augustine's Abbey is another historical place to visit. Founded in 597AD by St. Augustine. This Abbey was originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent. The Abbey now offers guided tours every Friday. An interesting place to see and it does not cost that much. Adults are charged £4.50 each and children charged £2.30 each or a family ticket for £11.30 is available. Booking a guided tour in advance is advisable before visiting Canterbury.
Walk Along the River Stour
Walking along the River Stour is another way of seeing some of the Canterbury sights. The historic Weaver's House is situated along this river and can be seen or photographed whilst walking by it. They are known for its Tudor-style architecture and most of the houses date back to the 16th century. These houses are not open to the members of the public, but there is the old Weaver's House Restaurant with its, unique black and white exterior. This is a great place to get a bite to eat. Also, a boat can be taken down this river every thirty minutes giving an interesting commentary along the way.
There are many places to sit and have tea or eat in Canterbury, which are the beautiful cafes, tea rooms or restaurants. Walking down the streets where many kings and queens have walked before is interesting by far, but having English tea in the afternoon, such as, going to Tiny Tim's Tearoom is a pleasure. This place is said to be haunted by 3 children who are known to move items around and turn taps on. Take a visit to this place and even visit the haunted room.
So, exploring Canterbury can be fun for anyone. A family day out or friends getting together for tea is a great way to enjoy this historic town in England.