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St.Augustines Abbey with Canterbury Cathedral in the background

Book a Canterbury hotel in the home of the mother church of all England. Canterbury Cathedral was famously the scene of Thomas Becket’s murder and the city is also where yellow-trousered funster, Rupert the Bear, was created.

Historic Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral was a Second World War target during Hitler’s Baedeker Blitz when the Luftwaffe bombed cities based on their entries in guidebooks – yes, really. The cathedral towering over the city has been a place of worship and pilgrimage since the seventh century. Outside the city walls the ruined St Augustine Abbey, founded in AD597, is the ancient burial ground for the kings of Kent.

Art and museums in Canterbury

The Canterbury Tales set in the atmospheric St Margaret’s Church in the city centre brings Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century pilgrims’ stories to life. Visitors walk through mocked-up rooms full of talking medieval figures and some alarming “realistic smells”. Round the corner at the Canterbury Roman Museum you can handle 2,000-year-old artefacts and explore a re-created market.

Quirky things to do in Canterbury

The Rupert Bear Museum, part of the Canterbury Museum, is the only one of its kind in the world dedicated to a sole bear. Here you can have a go at illustrating stories of the dapper Nutwood denizen.

Events in Canterbury

Book a Canterbury hotel in time for the annual Canterbury Festival in October, the biggest cultural event in Kent featuring theatre, comedy and music. In late November, stalls from all over the continent bedeck Dane Johns Gardens for the Christmas-themed Euro Fair where you can pick up anything from eco-friendly tinsel to a huge plastic Santa.

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Attractions in Canterbury:

Maison Dieu, Faversham. Courtesy of
Maison Dieu

Opening times:
10 Apr-1 Nov: Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm Apr - Nov 2013; Weekends only (annual)

Willesborough Windmill, Ashford. Courtesy of Ashford Borough Council
Willesborough Windmill

Opening times:
1 Apr-30 Sep: Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm (Jul & Aug also Wed 2pm-5pm) Apr - Sep 2013; Weekends only (annual)

Ashford Borough Museum, Ashford
Ashford Borough Museum

Opening times:
Mon-Sat 10am-1pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Sun (annual)

Godinton House & Gardens, Ashford; from Typecast Colour
Godinton House & Gardens

Opening times:
Gardens: daily 1 Mar-1 Nov 2pm-5.30pm; House: 10 Apr-4 Oct Fri-Sun 2pm-5.30pm Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Walmer Castle, Deal. © Dover District Council
Walmer Castle

Opening times:
Mar & Oct, Wed-Sun 10am-4pm;
Apr-Sep 10am-6pm (4pm on Sat) Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

What's on in Canterbury:

Herne Bay Festival, a fantastic family event. Courtesy of Canterbury City Council Cultural Development Department
Herne Bay Festival

Dates Open:
16/08/2014 to 24/08/2014

Three beers are better than one . . .
Faversham International Hop Festival

Dates Open:
06/09/2014 to 06/09/2014

Kent Garden Show, Detling. Courtesy of Barbara Realini
Kent Garden Show

Dates Open:
13/09/2014 to 13/09/2014
02/06/2015 to 05/06/2015

Ganesh Hindu Festival

Dates Open:
11/09/2014 to 11/09/2014

Maidstone's Original Beer & Hop Festival

Dates Open:
13/09/2014 to 14/09/2014

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