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Visiting Canterbury

Jul 31, 2008
Laying peacefully on the pleasant River Stour, Canterbury manages to mix city, coast and country perfectly. The rolling, lush hills surround the bustling, cosmopolitan city are complimented perfectly by the beautiful beaches and seaside resorts.

Situated in Kent, Canterbury is a city steeped in history. Boasting an impressive historical past, there are a large quantity of historical buildings and monuments still in place today. Surround by a solid, city wall that is centuries old, the ruins of the famous St Augestine abbey are still visible and The Kings School - cited as the oldest school in England - is still an active school.

With two railway stations and easy access from the UK's major motorways, Canterbury is a city accessible to everyone.

Split into various sections, Canterbury has something for all tastes. In the more cosmopolitan and contemporary areas, there are trendy bars, bistro cafés and exceptional, high street named stores to fulfill even the most avid shoppers needs.

The older parts of Canterbury offer a more Bohemian feel, with the charm of this easy going life prominent throughout the many art galleries, boutiques and unique craft and gift shops.

Moving further to the shore and there are two stunning seaside resorts. Whistable, famous for its oysters, seafood and deep, maritime history has a beautiful beach and is favoured by couples of all ages. Just along the coast is Herne Bay, a favourite with families. Wonderful beaches, superb seafront gardens and fun-filled family events taking place throughout the summer.

One of Canterbury's most popular land tourist attractions is also regularly used and open to all - Canterbury Cathedral. Dating 597 AD, beautiful stained glass windows line the cathedrals walls, which is open as a tourist attraction throughout the day whilst also running daily services. The minimal fee asked to gain entry into the cathedral is worth every penny, as it's all used to keep the cathedral up and running for all to value.

Food wise, Canterbury really does have everything. In a few days you could sample a fresh, Italian pizza and an American burger or a traditional, English roast and a fantastic Greek mezze. If they don't sound appetizing enough, how about one of the many other restaurants, including Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Arabic and Indian? Furthermore, if you're lucky enough to be able to reserve a table, the Café des Amis is extremely popular among locals and recommended by all who visit.

Whilst Canterbury offers all sorts of accommodation types, from bed and breakfasts to self-catering holiday cottages, the two most popular accommodation types in Canterbury have to be the numerous caravan and camping sites or one of the many wonderful Canterbury Hotels Wherever you decide to stay, the majority of the accommodations are within a stones throw from Canterbury, meaning you never have to travel far after a day shopping and taking in the sights.

Most who visit Canterbury find it hard to believe that their time has passed so quickly. With so much to do, so many attractions to see and so much food to try, it's often said your first visit to Canterbury will never be your last.
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