We recently visited the city of Canterbury in Kent. And after surviving the hottest hotel room north of the Sahara, these are our experiences.
We’d never visited Canterbury before. So after paying the princely sum of £6.30 to park our trusty automobile we wandered into the historic centre.
First on our agenda was Canterbury Cathedral. The architecture inside the cathedral and the grounds were impressive. When we wandered around there was no doubt as to why it’s a major tourist attraction.
There are said to be sightings of ghosts at the cathedral. But the only frightening thing we witnessed was a large grouse having a serious tantrum on a wall. This was before it attempted a 100 metre run in honour of the 2012 Olympics.
We then took in some of the city centre including a walk along Westgate. Here I had the opportunity to enjoy a real ale in the Black Griffin public house. Even if was approached by an inebriated gentleman wanting to borrow my phone!
Canterbury Castle and St. Augustine’s Abbey
With 92 earth minutes remaining until our parking ticket expired, there was time to further explore the city centre. So we visited Canterbury Castle and St Augustine’s Abbey.
The castle is located only a few minutes walk from the city centre and was said to have been built just after the Battle of Hastings. St Augustine’s Abbey is a Benedictine monastery and was founded in 598ad. These two attractions should definitely be on your list to visit.
Walk through the city centre
During our stroll we noticed some small streams that flow through the city centre. I have to say that they really add to the charm of Canterbury and they give an opportunity for some great photos.
We then went back to the car to depart. We enjoyed our visit to Canterbury, hopefully we can return one day with more time to take it all in.