Follow in the footsteps of Kings, Saints & Scholars
A view of Canterbury Cathedral
The historic City of Canterbury is just under a one-hour journey on a train from London and an enjoyable day out for the family.
In no time at all, you’ll be immersing yourselves in all that is quintessentially English in the picturesque county of Kent.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Throughout Canterbury, there are charming references and reminders to the incredible 14th-century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.
Geoffrey Chaucer created many remarkable literary works; however, one collection in particular that he is remembered for is The Canterbury Tales.
The Canterbury Tales
The collection comprises of 24 tales, each from an individual's perspective of their pilgrimage. Amongst the 24 were a Friar, a Shipman and a Physician.
Chaucer produced fascinating stories of the pilgrim’s lives and their journeys to Thomas Becket's shrine in Canterbury Cathedral.
Geoffrey Chaucer is interred in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey, London.
Arriving at Canterbury Cathedral
Kent coastal road trip
There’s been a murder at Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral was founded in AD 597; it was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in 1067, a year after the Norman Conquest. The cathedral was rebuilt entirely by 1077 to a design based closely on that of the Abbey of Saint-Étienne in Caen.
Canterbury Cathedral is not only the seat of the leader of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, but it is also renowned for the shrine of Thomas Becket.
Did you know?
The King's School, Canterbury
An interesting read
If you're intrigued by Kent's weird and wonderful history, or all unusual stories around the county, then take a peek at "Kent's Strangest Tales".
You won't be able to put it down, you can pick it up for your Kindle or in good old paperback.
The King's Mile, Canterbury
Another notable building in the King's Mile is the unique Sun Hotel, a Grade II listed building once visited by Charles Dickens.
The Sun Hotel was formerly The Little Inn, built-in 1503 and featured in the novel ‘David Copperfield’ by Charles Dickens; it became Micawber's ‘Little Inn’.
Escape for a few days
Are you looking for that ‘perfick’ holiday hideaway to relax in while you discover the Garden of England?
After a day exploring the Kent coast and its many historic castles enjoy one of the handpicked properties and unique retreats at Holiday Cottages.
Then came the French Huguenots
During the 17th century, the French-speaking Protestant Huguenots arrived in the UK fleeing persecution. They introduced silk weaving to the City and soon made up 2,000 of Canterbury’s 5,000 population.
There is still a service, in French, held at the Huguenots chapel in Canterbury Cathedral every Sunday at 3:00pm.
If you look further down the High Street, you will see the Westgate
Kent rural road trip
To the Tower
The medieval Westgate is the largest surviving city gatehouse in England. It is the last one of Canterbury's seven city gates remaining.
Westgate was constructed in 1380 of Kentish ragstone and still remains in use today as traffic passes through its ancient drum towers.
The original city wall was built around AD 300, while the remaining wall, which is in place today, dates from the 14th-century.
Adjacent to the Westgate Tower is Westgate Gardens, with the Guildhall, the Tower House and a 200-year-old Plane tree within it.
Map, guides and more
When you’re nurturing the seed of a road trip, plotting your destinations across a paper map just brings the adventure to life. Whether it’s the touchy-feely aspect of the map or the rustling sound of mastering the art of origami while trying to fold it away, I’m not too sure. Nonetheless, the good old Ordnance Survey guys and gals always come up trumps.
Take a look at the vast array of maps you can choose from.
Canterbury Castle Ruins
Canterbury Castle was then later rebuilt in the early 12th-century of stone. Canterbury Castle was one of three Royal Castles built in Kent during the reign of Henry I. The other two famous fortresses are Rochester Castle and Dover Castle.
Unfortunately, Canterbury Castle has been closed to the public since 2018 due to deteriorating masonry.
Henry's Royal Castles
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