Whichever direction you approach from, you are teased into the treasures to come by the sight of the magnificent 235 feet high tower of Canterbury Cathedral . It's the sight that has greeted pilgrims since the martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket in the Cathedral in 1170, although there has been a settlement here since pre-Roman times.
The city centre is not large. The medieval city walls lie on roughly the same plan as the original Roman design, and the main street has not moved in 2000 years.
Outdoor highlights here are the Bell Harry Tower and the Christ Church Gate. (01227 762 862)
Canterbury Roman Museum
This museum gets up close and personal with its history as it is located within the archaeological ruins under the streets. It is a hands on Roman history lesson with interactive exhibits and displays. Located in Butchery Lane.
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Museum Of Canterbury
Past and present legends, both famous and infamous are talked about here, from St Thomas a Becket, to Joseph Conrad and many modern celebrities as well. A delightful history of the Rupert Bear will please all age levels. (01227 767 345)
St Augustine’s Abbey
Although this abbey is in ruins it is one of the most significant religious centres in England. (01227 767 345)
Here Canterbury’s favourite son, Geoffrey Chaucer, has his famous characters come to life. (01227 479 227)