A Pilgrimage to Historic Canterbury…
Take a trip to the South East of England where you can find Canterbury, a town with a rich history, a friendly backpackers and hopefully a bit of sunshine too!
Canterbury is probably most famous for its stunning Cathedral and the infamous murder of Thomas Becket which happened inside its decorative and holy walls! Ever since, pilgrims have flocked from far and wide, as told in Georffrey Chaucer’s well known Canterbury Tales. These days it’s backpackers and tourists who feel a calling to explore this picturesque English town. With a modern day travellers inn to lay your head, in the form of Kipps Hostel, you’ll be given a warm welcome, a comfy bed and cosy communal areas to chat with new friends.
Other than the Cathedral (which is a must see!), Canterbury has plenty more to entice you out and about. Creative types will enjoy The Canterbury Sculpture Trail which weaves its way around the city where you can experience public art, parks and gardens and the riverside. Its total distance is 3.2 miles , which takes approxmately 1 hour 30 minutes to walk… perfect for working up an appetite before picking one of the many cafes for a fuel-stop!
On yer bike…
Bicycles, especially tandems are a fun way to explore both the city and the nearby coastline coastline between Whitstable and Reculver or inland around the outskirts of Canterbury. Rent daily or weekly, dependent on your intended stay. It’s quite flat terrain making it perfect for all levels of fitness but remember to take a water bottle & hat on a sunny day! And if water is more your thing, jump aboard a river tour on the River Stour and see the area from a whole different perspective!
Times gone by…
Canterbury has a rich history, none better seen than at the Canterbury Norman Castle. This is the ruins of one of the three original royal castles in Kent and has some great viewing points as well as a tactile model of the castle built circa 1200AD. Don’t miss the Westgate Towers, England’s oldest surviving Medieval Gateway, built in 1380. Stand atop to get a selfie with the backdrop of Kent from the battlements perspective!
And, nearby Strode Park is home to a wonderful amphitheatre set within 14 acres of beautiful grounds, in the pretty nearby village of Herne. Plays are held here throughout the summer months and is perfect for a picnic with entertainment.
Cheers to beer!
For those who love their beer, don’t miss the Kent CAMRA Beer Festival which runs from 20th-22nd July at Merton Farm near Canterbury. With over 200 ales and ciders for you to taste, you’ll leave an expert… if you can remember anything. Enjoy local tipples as well as the Foreign Beer Bar, tasty local food and live entertainment.
Kick the bucket!
So a pilgrimage to Canterbury this summer should most definitely be on your bucket list. From old to new, this is a city abundant in history, culture and, last but definitely not least, good old fashioned English pubs! And raise a glass to Thomas Beckett, who couldn’t have chosen a better city to have unsuspectingly spent his final hours in…
For more information and to book your bed, visit Kipps Canterbury website.