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Queen Bertha's Walk | Things to do

Queen Bertha's Walk

Queen Bertha's Walk

Summary

This walk links together Canterbury's three World Heritage Sites: Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church. Queen Bertha's walk was created as part of celebrations commemorating the 1400th anniversary of the arrival of St Augustine in 597AD.

Queen Bertha, while married to King Ethelbert during the 6th century helped to influence her pagan husband to convert to Christianity in St Augustine’s favour. Queen Bertha is thought to have been buried under the steps of St Martin’s Church, where she had worshipped during her life in Kent.

Queen Bertha's walk starts outside the Cathedral precincts in the Buttermarket and follows the route possibly taken by Queen Bertha during her 30 years of worship and ending at John Smith’s Almshouses on Longport. There are 14 bronze plaques to look out for along the way.

Allow up to two hours for this self-guided linear walk, but any lingering or stopping for a hot drink or lunch in any of Canterbury’s vast offerings could extend the time taken on this walk.

A short detour can be taken on the return journey to view the Conduit House, the water source for the Abbey located just off King’s Park.

The free information sheet on Queen Bertha's Walk is available from the Canterbury Visitor Information Centre, situated at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

If you are interested in following GeoCaching, look out for ‘Church Micro 6062’ just off Monastery Street.

Link to walk information.

What you need to know
Location

The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH