What better way to start your day with a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the worlds 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. The cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that you receive a warm and appropriate welcome. You may wish to wander around with a guidebook or audio tour (available in 7 languages). Alternatively general tours take place throughout the day with a fully trained Guide who will make the Cathedral and its history come to life. For a guided tour allow 90 minutes. Historic River Tour The morning ends with a Historic River Tour where you will discover the hidden secrets of the River Stour, a focal point of the city’s heritage. Each boat is rowed by a tour representative who will provide a light hearted commentary as you pass a variety of historic buildings and monuments set against some of the most picturesque backdrops of the city. Allow 60 minutes. Alternative option to Historic river tour: The Canterbury Tales Experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England as you join Chaucer and his colourful band of Pilgrims on their journey from London to Canterbury in this entertaining re-creation of life in medieval England. Audio guides for adults and children are provided as part of the tour. Allow 45 minutes.
Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
Flowing through the heart of historic Canterbury, the river is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of one of the country's busiest city centres.
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.
Relaxing River Stour Tours through public gardens, breathtaking countryside and the city. A choice of short, long and city trips available.
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.
Explore the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey that marked the rebirth of Christianity in South England. Founded by St Augustine in 597AD and originally used as a monastery it is now part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. Detailed tours of the abbey grounds are available when pre-booked four weeks in advance. Allow approx 90 minutes.
You may wish to consider visiting one of Canterbury’s museums, all providing a wealth of historical information. At Canterbury Roman Museum you will be whisked back in time and discover the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum, which flourished for almost 400 years where Canterbury stands today. See the remains of a Roman house with its mosaic floor as well as other archaeological finds and authentic reconstructions. Allow approximately 60 minutes.
This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine.
The Canterbury Roman Museum is underground at the level of the Roman town. It's an exciting mix of excavated real objects: authentic reconstructions; and preserved remains of a Roman town house with its famous mosaics.