Canterbury, Kent

JUN 22,2013 - JUN 22,2013 (1 DAYS)

Sightseeing

One Day in Canterbury:

Almost all attractions in Canterbury are within the walled city and you need no more than 10-15 minutes to walk from each other. In case you want to cover ALL attractions - you'll need a couple of days. Please allow half a day for the Canterbury Cathedral.

we walk through the Dane John Park from the Canterbury East train station to the town. A lovely park, and there is a Roman-British burial mound you can climb which affords a lovely view around the city. Ancient walls, Victorian bandstand, moving memorial monument (monument to men of Kent Regiments in the Boer War), fountain and a maze.

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On your way to the City Centre from Dane John Gardens you arrive to the Clock Tower Square (St. George Gate) - one of Canterbury hub-points.

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This is the south-east end of Canturbury Parade and High Street. From here you start your visit in the inner city. the High Street stretches from the south-east end of the city centre to the north-west edge and changes its name respectively: St. George Street, High Street, St.Peter's Street.

St. George Street is pedestrianized and the lion's share of it is occupied by the Whitefriars shopping centre. The High Street proper is dominated by chain stores and gabled, half-timbered houses - side by side:

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Do not miss the picturesque, medieval Mercery Lane (on your right) - a narrow alley with overhanging shops. It start from the High Street / Parde and ends with the Butter Market square and the main Cathedral's entrance:

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Here is a typical shop in Mercery Lane: Mr. Simm's "Olde Sweet Shope":

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Butter Market Square:

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The Cathedral main entrance - impressive and elaborate:

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Canterbury Cathedral is open daily 09.00-17.30 (the Crypt 10.00-17.30). Adults - 9.50 GBP, Concessions - 8.50 GBP. IT IS A MAJESTIC PLACE even if the entrance fee is getting a bit too steep now -  especially when compared with certain other cathedrals in the UK (where some of which are free...). It is worth going inside. Once you are inside - it is worth every penny. A hint: The entrance keepers allow you to have photos in the Cathedral's yard - free of charge. Once you've paid your entrance fees you pass through St. George gate to be confronted  by one of the most impressive views of the Cathedral crowned with towers and pinnacles:

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Now, the Cathedral's interior:

The Nave: The 14th century nave is the largest space in the Cathedral: soaring pillars, sweeping views and the Trinity Chapel and the high altar in the distant end:

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The 12th Century stained-glass Miracle Windows:

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The Warriors' (Buffs) Chapel - dedicated to the Royal East Kent Regiment (dating back to 1848):

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Entrance to the Trinity Chapel - "All that is necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that people do nothing"..

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The Trinity Chapel is the highest point of the cathedral:

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Trinity Chapel - tombs of Henry IV and his wife Joan of Navarre:

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Black Prince tomb:

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Trinity Chapel -Becket's remains tomb (demolished by Henry VIII in year 1538):

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Trinity Chapel more modern Miracle Windows:

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Entrance to the Martyrdom Room. THe two crossed swords point on the exact place where Thomas Beckett was murdered.

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The Cloister: 

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The Cloister Treasury - Copy of Russian Icon. The original is in Museum of Moscow:

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The Cathedral Exterior:

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Now, do not leave the Cathedral's premises by the main entrance. Move south to the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Hotel (see enclosed Tip).

Continue to the Memorial Garden opposite the Cathedral. 

Canterbury Memorial Garden  - David Mcfall "The Son of Man":

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Plane Tree in the Cathedral Memorial Garden:

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Continue until the end of the Memorial garden to the Cathedral Prescincts and Walled Garden. Do not miss this wonderful spot of tranquility:

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Exit the gardens and walk southward to the Burgate Street. Cross Burgate lane and the Lower Bridge street and turn left to the Monastery Street near the Christ Church University premises to have a look at ancient sections of Canterbury Walls:

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Opposite Canterbury Walls (south-east to the Cathderal) stand statues of: Ethelbert King of Kent and Bertha Queen of Kent (597 AC) in a small public park:

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Canterbury King's School near the Canturbury Christ University, North Helmes Campus:

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From here it is a 5-10 minutes walk to the St. Augustine Abbey. Head south on Monastery St toward Lady Wootton's Green road. Turn left onto Longport Rd. Go through the next roundabout and St. Augustine Abbey on will be on the left (brown signposts of the English Heritage). Open daily: 10.00 - 18.00. Admission: 5 GBP. There isn't really much left of the original abbey. There are good signs and it is not hard to imagine what it must have looked like during the Middle Ages. In case you've spent too much during the Canterbury day - go to the little mount and enjoy the view from the bench up there:

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We shall return from here to Canterbury backbone of St.George st./High st.,St.Peter St.  Head west on Longport Rd. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Lower Chantry Lane, turn right onto Ivy Ln, take the pedestrian tunnel and turn right onto St. George's St. Continue onto Parade and High St. Continue onto St. Peter's St. There are plenty of restaurants and cafe's around (see our Tips on Nanado's in St.Peter st. and Faversham Fudges in the Parade/High St.).

Walk along this long road (15-20 minutes walk) and do not miss the following points of interest:

Royal Museum and Free Library. Founded 1858. This house includes also the Beaney House of Arts and Knowledge and the Tourist Information Centre. This fabulous new facility provides state of the art exhibition galleries, a brand new library, excellent learning facilities and a varied programme of events and activities for all ages. Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm.

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Old Weavers House + Stour River Tours. The Weavers is one of the most famous and most photographed of Canterbury's buildings. It was built   in 1500 AC, and was intended to house weavers who had come from Flanders or France to flee religious persecution and/or to find work.

The Stour River tours are daily 10.00 - 17.00, Adult - 8.50 GBP, Concessions - 7.50 GBP.

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You can walk yourself along the Stour River picturesque banks - just in the end of St. Peter's st, outside of Canterbury walls:

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Cross the main road (St.Peter's Street, St. Dunstane St.) along the Stour River and you face the marvelous Westgate Gardens. A nice place for a walk regardless of the weather as long as it is dry. Floral displays throughout the year and the river Stour runs through them:

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Now, after spending (at least) one hour in these wonderful gardens we head back to the Railway Station. We take the High Street back (north-estward direction). But, we turn left at the Friars Rd (opposite the Subway restaurant and the Pilgrims Hotel) to have a look at the regenerated area where stand the Marlowe Theatre and the pretty Canterbury Quaker Meeting corner. This tranquile ares is full with beauty !!!

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Return to the High Street and keep walking until you cross the Stour Road. Turn left to face the Canterbury East station.

Food

Nando's Canterbury 46 St Peters Street:

Nando's never disappoints. Chickens meals always done so well. Nice decoration. Inspiring Cuban music. Friendly service. On the main High Street (in its more northern section - called St. Peter's Street.

Accommodations

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge:

The accommodation is situated within the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral. Wonderful outdoor seating and all round sense of serenity. Free access to cathedral. Good breakfast. Tiny, a bit dark, unlit shower. Quite pricey.

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Food

Faversham Fudges:

Delicious and colorful fudges are sold in a small stall stand in Canterbury Artisan Market in High St. There are many different flavours including Rum and Raisin, Vanilla, Coffee, Caramel, Maple and Walnut and many more. Faversham Fudges are Gluten Free except of the  Vanilla and Malteser flavors.

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