Why Visit Canterbury?
Canterbury is an iconic cathedral city in the South East of England. As a consequence, the cathedral has brought rich history to the city for thousands of years and now makes for a great tourist destination. With plenty to do, it can be a minefield to experience the city to the fullest. After a visit in September 2020 for a couple of days on a whistle-stop tour, I’ve round up a fantastic tried and tested itinerary for you to enjoy.
What Activities are there to do in Canterbury?
A must do activity in Canterbury is to see the sights on the river by taking a punting tour. As a result, this is our favourite activity to do in Canterbury. The tours can be taken with Canterbury Punting, a great company who are fairly priced and provide fantastic experiences. Furthermore, you can purchase snacks and beverages at the shop where you can take these on board to have at your leisure for the duration of the trip. The tour guides are extremely knowledegable and friendly and will explain and educate you on the history of Canterbury very well. Moreover, they make it very interesting, engaging and fun. The punt travels up the Great Stour River where you will really gain an alternative perspective of the city.
Where are the popular bars?
There are many different bars within Canterbury but one to really mention is One Pound Lane. For example, we visited a couple of times, both in the day and at night. We were lucky enough to visit during a very sunny week which meant we sat outside next to the river where we could enjoy the sunshine. In addition, returning again in the evening brought a different atmosphere entirely. The bar goes from chilled beers in the sun to cocktails in the sultry bar at a blink of an eye.
The Old Weavers Restaurant has a lot of character and charisma. Situated next to the Great River Stour, it has an outside balcony that overlooks the water to the back. Most importantly, the menu offering was extensive and there was something for everyone. Built in the 1500’s, the building that the restaurant is situated inside is another prime example of Canterbury’s rich history.
What Free Activities are there in Canterbury?
There are some beautiful parks and gardens in Canterbury to have a stroll around, especially in the warmer months. For instance, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre streets then head to the West Gate Gardens. Situated alongside the Great River Stour, there’s plenty of wildlife and greenery to take in. Above all, this is also a great idea for a free activity and something to do if you have a spare hour.
Should we visit Canterbury Cathedral?
Now, this is something to recommend that we never had a chance to do. The cathedral was founded in 597 AD and used to be a huge pilgrimage site. Now the home to the Church of England there is a lot of culture and history within its walls. The Cathedral is very secluded and behind huge walls meaning there is only one entrance inside. Open to the public, there are set times for worship. Subsequently, you will not be allowed to enter the grounds and view the cathedral if not attending.
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