This enchanting city dates back to the Middle Ages. Wander its narrow, cobbled streets and explore its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site cathedral and unique independent shops.
Getting here: Take high speed Southeastern trains to Canterbury West from London St Pancras. It takes just 51 minutes.
This Gothic cathedral is captivating – both in terms of its design and its history. Part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, the cathedral dates back 1,400 years and was site of the infamous murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170. The Medieval stained glass windows have now been restored to their full glory.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales paint a picture of English life in medieval times. The stories told in the pilgrims’ tales – all about love, jealousy and trickery – are brought vividly to life at this interactive museum. Walk on painstakingly recreated 14th century streets as the audio takes you through some of the most important stories in literature history.
The menu changes twice a day, using the best seasonal local ingredients the Good Shed market has to offer at the time. Slow proved loaves are drawn from the ovens in the bakery, whole carcasses of meat broken into cuts on the butchery and fresh catches of fish from the market are used in creating the menu. Breakfast is more free-and-easy, with choice of locally sourced products (apart from the baked beans!), so you can choose what you would like on your plate. Around 95% of the ingredients used are sourced from the farmer's market. Dishes are made from scratch, prepared and cooked in the open kitchen - opening times: Open daily except Mondays and Sunday evenings.
This fudge is freshly made in an American style to give it a creamy soft texture and flavour. The shop offers samples before you buy, a great opportunity to buy gifts and also a fudge making experience for those who want to have a go themselves. Before you leave, make sure you try the Fudge Kitchen’s invention of Drinking Fudge, an indulgent fudgey take on hot chocolate.
Now a restaurant, this 16th century timbered house serves homemade pies and traditional roasts amongst other dishes on the menu. It takes its name from an influx of Flemish and Hugenot weavers who arrived in Canterbury in the 16th and 17th centuries. At the rear of the Old Weavers' House is an old ducking stool, which was historically used to punish disorderly or accused women, who were also known as ‘witches’.
Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the Cathedral and St Martin's Church. The impressive Abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the Abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and interactive audio tour.
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