We’re putting a spotlight on Canterbury as we celebrate UK spring breaks. This heritage city has a host of cultural attractions, pretty parks and medieval history to offer visitors. Most notably, Chaucer’s famous tales originate here. This spring, try somewhere new and spend a weekend enjoying this charming city in Kent. Here are our favourite photogenic spots…
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This cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and should be first on your list of places to visit. The creamy white Caen stone Cathedral is both a place of worship and part of Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find out about its rich history and admire the spectacular vaulted ceiling as your wander through the grounds. It hosts several community events throughout the year including concerts, recitals and exhibitions.
Blean Woods National Reserve
There’s 11 miles of ancient woodland, cycling routes and walking paths to explore at this beautiful reserve. It’s dog-friendly and there’s a picnic site too so you can while away few hours.
St Augustine’s Abbey
Founded in AD 598, the abbey was originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent and is now part of the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, there’s a museum and free audio tour, plus a new VR experience so you can see how the abbey appeared in the 1500s. You can also walk among the ancient ruins outside.
Canterbury Historic River Tours
See this beautiful city from the waterways. The River Stour is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle for an afternoon. Hop onboard for a guided tour and fascinating insight into the major landmarks along the way. The tours are very popular, operate daily and leave every 15-20 minutes from Kings Bridge (weather dependant).
Situated alongside the River Stour, the Westgate Parks are four unique green spaces. Westgate Gardens has over 2, 000 years of history, while Tannery Field has meadows and woodlands. Toddlers Cove was once filled with swimming pools but is now a place for walkers and cyclists, and Bingley Island is a nature reserve full of wildlife.