This classic one day itinerary for Canterbury will take you on a tour that encompasses the magnificence of this historical city.
What better way to start the day with a river tour where you will discover hidden secrets of the River Stour, a focal point of the city's heritage.
Alternatively why not take a walking tour of the city. Choose from a guided tour or a self guided tour.
Escape the busy pavements and lay back into the cushions, meander down the river and see the City as you never could on foot. Listen to historic Canterbury's rich and fascinating story as you sip champagne and view medieval buildings.
Enjoy a fascinating 90 minute walking tour of historic streets AND Cathedral Precincts with knowledgeable, entertaining guides to address your questions and special interests. All for £7 or less! Tours daily from the Buttermarket.
The perfect way to explore some of the well known historic sites of Canterbury, plus some of the hidden gems - available in 8 languages. Enjoy an audio tour & travel at your own pace. 20 attractions and local city landmarks are featured.
Choose from a variety of restaurants that cater for all appetites and tastes. From sandwiches to pizzas and three course meals, you will find many restaurants serve fresh and local produce from Kent.
Refreshed from lunch a real must is a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the world's most important pilgrimage centres. The Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine became the first Archbishop establishing his seat in Canterbury. You will see where its most famous Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 and view the numerous tombs and monuments including those of Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. Marvel at one of the cathedral's greatest glories; the stained glass collection which dates back to the 12th and 13th century, depicting miracles, royal connections and biblical stories and regarded as the finest in the country. For a guided tour allow 90 minutes.
The Canterbury Tales is ideal for all the family. Join Chaucer and his colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury in this entertaining re-creation of life medieval England. Allow 45 minutes.
After this visit you may wish to wander at your lesure. If you like shopping or want to buy some souvenirs there is a choice of venues from the modern Whitefriars centre to the old charm of the Buttermarket and niche shops along The King's Mile, Palace Street and St Margarets Street.
If you crave more culture there are several museums to visit; the Roman Museum takes you underground to the level of the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum and the Museum of Canterbury that incorporates Rupert Bear Museum. Alternatively you may wish to relax over a drink at one of the numerous cafés or pubs situated in the heart of Canterbury.
You can save money by purchasing an Attractions Passport Ticket, which gives you free entry into Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, the Canterbury Tales and one of the city's museums (Museum of Canterbury with the Rupert the Bear Museum, the Roman Museum or the Westgate Towers).
You can save money by purchasing an Attractions Passport Ticket, which gives you free entry into Canterbury Cathedral, the Canterbury Tales, Canterbury Heritage Museum and the Canterbury Roman Museum.
Canterbury Roman Museum
Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level. Stroll through the marketplace, look inside recreated Roman rooms, and discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure.
See how little has changed since Roman times when viewing rare tools, or how much could be made of simple items like bones. Be amazed by collections of intricate Roman glass flasks and bottles, jewellery and a silver spoon hoard.
Handle, sort and classify real Roman pottery fragments and other objects relating to Roman: - everyday life - building materials - rubbish - mosaics
Museum highlights include Roman: - mosaic floors preserved where excavated - hypocaust (underfloor heating system) preserved where excavated - digital reconstruction of a Roman town house - rare cavalry horse-harness fittigs, one of only two sets in the world - rare tools - Roman spade, carpenter's square and mason's trowel - gateway hinge, part of Canterbury's Riding Gate on Watling Street to Dover - building materials including roof tiles with Roman dog-paw prints - painted plaster fragments with flowers, patterns and dancer's feet - finds from Canterbury's Roman baths, including gaming counters, toiletry items and bath lining - figurines of gods including horse goddess and Gaulish male - metal vessels, ewers and dishes used in religious ceremonies - pottery, imported fine Samian ware and locally-made pots
The impressive pillared entrance is in Butchery Lane and very close to the Cathedral.
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Map reference: TR 150577 Lat: 51.27873 Long: 1.08139 The Canterbury Roman Museum is located off the High Street and very near the Cathedral. 5 minutes walk from the City Centre 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East 10 minutes walk from the City's Park & Ride terminal and bus station.
Parking : with charge
Access to Roman level via lift, then level access throughout museum.