Out and about in Canterbury
Heritage, history, culture, entertainment, festivals, shopping – Canterbury has it all!
Canterbury is a city where the present keeps in perfect step with the past and where history and heritage quench the thirst for knowledge. It is also a city where quaint street cafés and fine restaurants feed the appetite and where a thriving arts community satisfies the imagination.
The catalyst for Canterbury’s appeal is, of course, magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, which soars to the heavens and dominates the city’s skyline. The Cathedral, along with the tranquil ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey just outside the city walls and ancient St Martin’s Church form one of Britain’s handful of world Heritage Sites. Pilgrims have flocked to the Cathedral ever since the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. Chaucer’s famous pilgrims ended their journey here, as told in the Canterbury Tales visitor attraction, a stunning recreation of medieval England, including smells and sounds. Imaginative museums unfold the city’s amazing story of famous people and great events from Roman times to Rupert Bear and Canterbury. After a £14 million restoration project a visit to the new Beaney Art Museum and Library is a must. While City walking tours or river tours offer a wonderful insight into Canterbury’s finest architecture, history and beautiful natural scenery.
Possibly one of the best times to visit Canterbury is in October, when the Canterbury Festival, also known as Kent’s International Arts Festival is held. Featuring classical and modern music, theatre, dance, exhibitions and family events, the festival has something to offer everyone. The brand new multi million pound Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury attracts some of the biggest and best touring shows and performances in the Country.
Shopaholics will enjoy visiting the many independent shops in the Kings Mile or major retail outlets in the high street or Whitefriars shopping centre. Whatever your taste, you’ll find a mouth-watering choice of food and drink in Canterbury. The Goods Shed, Canterbury’s daily farmers’ market offers a wonderful range of local and mostly organic produce, as well as a superb restaurant.
For further information on Canterbury's tourist attractions and what to do in Canterbury, visit www.canterbury.co.uk