Three cheers for Canterbury
Historical, picturesque and home to the friendly Kipps Hostel, Canterbury is feeling festive…
Geoffrey Chaucers’ story telling pilgrims in his famous Canterbury Tales, long ago journeyed from London to the clean, green city of Canterbury, Kent. Their destination was the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral – an archbishop who was murdered there in 1170. Today the architecturally stunning cathedral forms part of a World Heritage Site, ensuring its expansive beauty and rich history remains preserved. Discover the historic Canterbury Cathedral and its peaceful manicured grounds on your own pilgrimage. Apparently Chaucer’s pilgrims were story telling for a prize – a free meal at the Tabard Inn back in the ‘Big Smoke’.
As the festive season creeps up, Christmas Markets will pop up around the city, starting this weekend with the main market running from 25th November – 24th December. Visit this information page for full details. The city’s stunning Christmas Lights will be turned on this Thursday, 16th November between 6.30pm and 6.45pm which marks the start of late night shopping in the city. Markets always have plenty of food stalls but Canterbury’s cobbled walkways are also dotted with boutique eateries and olde English pubs to guarantee a satisfied tummy.
Somewhat of a tourist honey pot, the bustling Buttermarket is the hive’s hub. Entertaining and informative guided walking tours depart from this point and last approximately 90 minutes. Those who keep their ears to the ground will know about Canterbury’s Roman past – beneath your feet lies the remains of the Roman town. Descend below street level to uncover the preserved ruins of a Roman townhouse and accompanying mosaics and artifacts. For some more lighthearted history, discover the city’s link to cherished childhood TV program characters; the Clangers, Bagpuss and Rupert the Bear, who has his very own exhibition at Canterbury Museum.
A stone’s throw away is Kent’s beautiful North coast. Take a trip to Whitstable and sample some salty oysters, a real delicacy (so we hear!) or enjoy a stroll along the beach with its quintessentially British colourful seaside huts. Nearby Herne Bay is a photogenic seaside town complete with pleasure pier, colourful beach huts and promenade.
Canterbury is a thriving student city with an alumni including uber cool singer Ellie Goulding. Throbbing nightlife is the heartbeat of every student city; join the merry crowds at the cheap and cheerful West Gate Wetherspoon pub or kick back at chilled out indie pub The Cherry Tree. Hosting a range of themed nights, Steinbeck & Shaw is a classy spot for night owls to flaunt their feathers until the early hours. Perfect for daytime drinks in a traditional setting, The Old Buttermarket offers a wide array of real ales and ciders. A thirst quenching cocktail of history, heritage and hedonism… three cheers for Canterbury.
Stay at: Kipps Canterbury