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Everything about Canterbury: places, people, food, travel, communication


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Everything about Canterbury: places, people, food, travel, communication


For centuries, Canterbury has been a place where great stories are told, from the bloody history of the cathedral to the honey-soaked tales of pioneer pilgrims. The endless waves that swept this coastal city brought in the Romans, captivated the Victorians, attracted fashionistas, rockers, thriving artists - here at Herne Bay, many colorful stories are now told. A coastal town with a rich maritime history, where the echoes of smugglers' lives can still be heard, and contemporary artists live among jewelry shops and eateries.

Climate in Canterbury

During June, July and August, the weather is good here with pleasant average temperatures of 20-25 ° C.

The warmest month is August with an average maximum temperature of 22 ° C, the coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 7 ° C.

November is the wettest month, suitable for fans of rain, February is the driest, and June is the sunniest.

Canterbury landmarks

Canterbury cathedral

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the striking Canterbury Cathedral - “Mother Church of World Anglican Unity” and one of the country's most important (and oldest) Christian structures - brings together components from different architectural styles.

Here, as a result of a misunderstood order of Henry II, Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in 1170. Visit the magnificent stone structure depicting 6 British kings: Henry V, Richard II, Ethelbert of Kent, Edward the Confessor, Henry IV and Henry VI. Don't forget to go down to the crypt, famous for its beautiful decorative elements.

Cathedral districts

Cathedral Districts - The neighborhoods adjacent to Canterbury Cathedral. A highlight is the staircase leading to the Royal School Hall, the oldest school in the world (founded around 600 AD). Playwright Christopher Marlowe and William Somerset Maugham studied at King's School.

The Norman Water Tower is an authentic water supply system that helped to avoid epidemics. Other interesting places are the pharmaceutical garden, where herbs used by the monks for medicinal purposes were grown, the Chapter House, Christchurch Gate, built in 1517 and which is the main entrance to the districts and the cathedral.

Abbey of Saint Augustine

The Abbey of St. Augustine was built in 597. The St. Augustine Gate and the Cemetery Gate date from the 13th century: it is here that the tombs of St. Augustine, King Ethelbert and his wife Queen Bertha are located. Now it houses an interesting museum with many informative displays, exhibits, artifacts and virtual reality entertainment associated with the long and rich history of the abbey.

Old city

In the pedestrian area of Old Town Canterbury, there are a number of pre-Elizabeth I wooden buildings with overhanging roofs. At the corner of Mersery Lane is the Test of Hope, a pilgrim inn mentioned by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales.

The Canterbury Tales

Be sure to visit the Canterbury Tales attraction, dedicated to the works of Chaucer, who gave him the title of “father of English literature” (he was ahead of Shakespeare by about 200 years), which come to life in the imitation journey of the 14th century.

House of Art and Knowledge Beaney

Beaney is a fascinating site that combines a museum, library, art gallery with an excellent collection of paintings, prints, European ceramics, Asian porcelain and Anglo-Saxon jewelry. The most famous exhibits include works by European masters, including Van Dyck, as well as sculptures and English ceramics. In addition to fun children's workshops and educational programs, the museum presents the story of the beloved feline character Bagpas.

Canterbury castle

Canterbury Castle from the Norman era is one of the oldest castles in Great Britain. Founded by William the Conqueror around 1070 as one of the three "Royal Castles", it was a prison for a while.

Church of St. Martin

A short walk from the Abbey of St. Augustine is the Church of St. Martin, the oldest church in the English-speaking world. Ancient Roman bricks were used in the construction of the private chapel of Queen Bertha in the 6th century. Buried in the churchyard was Mary Turtel, creator of the iconic British literary character, Bear Rupert.

Canterbury Festival

The annual bi-weekly Canterbury Festival is held in October. It is declared the "Kent International Arts Festival" and is one of the most important cultural events in South East England. The event attracts up to 70 thousand people and offers 200 exciting activities, including classical music, contemporary dance, comedy, world music, theater, lectures, and visual arts.

Another festival worth visiting is the 10-day Stour Music event, which takes place every June and includes opera, choral, chamber and recitals.

Canterbury Roman Museum

The Canterbury Roman Museum, built around the ruins of an original Roman structure, delights visitors with an exquisite 2,000-year-old mosaic surface that was uncovered after the bombing of the city during World War II. The museum also displays finds from the Roman period.

Westgate Towers Museum and Observation Deck

The westernmost point of the old city, the Westgate Towers Museum and Observation Deck, is housed in the largest surviving medieval gatehouse in the country. The museum tells the story of a city that has everything from a place for hanging convicts to collecting taxes from pilgrims.

The Westgate roof is over 18m high and provides an observation deck with views of the historic buildings, parks and gardens adjacent to the Stour River.

Eastbridge Hospital

The Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr Eastbridge is located in the heart of the Old Town district and offers an exciting insight into the concept of medieval hospitality. Built in the late 1100s for pilgrims visiting the city to pay tribute to Thomas Becket, the building is today used as an almshouse. Preserved old Franciscan gardens, part of the original British settlement of the order, Greyfriars Chapel, built in the 13th century as a guest house.

Chilham Village and Castle

The charming village of Chilham showcases an expressive picture of rural England. It is surrounded by numerous old timber-framed houses and is the site of the traditional May Day celebrations every year. Mary's Parish Church has several magnificent tombs.

Food in Canterbury

Canterbury offers a variety of places to eat, from cool bars and trendy places, great cafes, restaurants to traditional pubs. The cultural center of the southeast of the country showcases a fascinating mix of flavors, history and unique experiences that make it one of the best places to eat in the world.

List of the best places to eat in Canterbury

  • Zeus is a family run establishment in the center. This is a trendy Greek restaurant famous for its freshly prepared food. The pursuit of homemade fresh produce means authentic Greek flavors are blended with a creative, modern touch. Live Greek music evenings, a huge assortment of young wines, delicious coffee are held here.
  • Pinocchio serves classic Italian food - the family run restaurant brings a taste of traditional trattoria to the heart of Canterbury. All meals are prepared to order using local produce and the finest produce from southern Italy. The menu includes tagliatelle, bolognese, lasagne, pizza, calzone, risotto.
  • Tamago is a Japanese restaurant founded in 2013. You will get great Japanese food in a stylish environment with friendly staff, takoyaki fried octopus, gyoza dumplings.
  • Creams Café is a chain of dessert cafes specializing in Gelato ice cream, pancakes, milkshakes, cakes, American waffles. The branch is a one-minute walk from the cathedral, High Street on Palace Street. The interior is stylized as a "Victorian chocolate factory" and refers to steampunk.
  • A La Turka is a traditional Turkish restaurant serving cuisine from the southeastern Turkish region of Gaziantep. This restaurant serves delicious food prepared in a traditional way, using old methods and authentic ingredients.
  • Cafe Mauresque has been feeding Canterbury residents a mixture of Spanish and North African cuisine since 2004, from tapas to tagines and classic Spanish paella.
  • Des Amis offers a mix of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors based on the traditions of both regions, Cafe des Amis is a favorite among Canterbury gourmets looking for unforgettable Mexican dishes: fajitas, tacos, burritos. This is the perfect place to meet friends for a delicious night out, a few cocktails.
  • Saint Smokey's BBQ House is a traditional family barbecue where taste is the top priority. Saint Smokey's menu is inspired by family recipes, favorites of the Caribbean: a range of memorable barbecues, unique sauces, freshly grilled grilled chicken.
  • The Ambrette is located next to the cathedral: this family-run restaurant offers a seasonal menu using local organic produce. Seasonal ingredients mean the menu changes quarterly.
  • Kitch offers delicious fresh homemade food made from natural ingredients. Don't have time for breakfast? Check out vegetable juice, superfood smoothies, or coffee. Kitsch cooks according to all dietary requirements - for vegans, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, meat-free.

Transportation in Canterbury

Getting around Canterbury is easy: the main public transport is bus, train. City buses run regularly, however commuter bus services are less accurate and punctual. Most of Canterbury's center is pedestrianized, and is a safe place to walk. Parking spaces are located outside the center.

Telephone communications in Canterbury

Canterbury's unique history and medieval buildings make it difficult to build telephone masts. Mobile UK reports that Canterbury has seen a "notable increase" in 4G indoor coverage for the Big Four (O2, Three, Vodafone and EE), from 35% in 2017 to 65%. 98% of the County's properties have coverage from at least two major networks, higher than the UK average.

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