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Weekend Breaks to Canterbury

Planning a short break to Canterbury? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Canterbury. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Canterbury. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Canterbury Cathedral

What puts Canterbury on the map is the magnificent Cathedral. Founded in 597AD by St Augustine, Destroyed and rebuilt in 1070. No visit to the city would be complete without a walk around it's gothic interior.

Geoffrey Chaucer wrote about it in his classic "The Canterbury Tales" and many people who shaped England's history are buried here including King Henry IV.

Have a look at their informative website;

Canterbury Castle

You will spot the remains of this Norman Castle in Castle Street. The Norman's built this fortress in the 11th century and it now forms part of the city's wall. In the 13th century it served as the counties jail, but now it's just about the walls that remain.

It is a focal point of the City Wall Trail and some information can be obtained from the Canterbury website;

The Rupert Bear Museum

This delightful area for the very young forms part of Canterbury Museum and located in Stour Street. Rupert the bear is an English comic book hero who has entertained children for more than 50 years and he comes alive here in the many and varied activities offered by the museum.

The website is;

Royal Museum & Art Gallery with Buffs Regimenta

A long title and much to see in this splendid Victorian house located in the High Street. The art gallery houses modern and historical works, and the Army museum tells the interesting story of the local regiment.

There is no charge to enter and once again the website to visit is;


15 Station Road East is the in place for a great night out on the town. Apart from Baabars the building houses two other clubs, The Bizz and The Works. Top DJs, live bands, special parties and promotions this venue is perfect. Be prepared for a wild night of R & B, Hip Hop and all the chart hits and well stocked bars.

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Dane John Gardens

These beautiful award winning gardens are bordered on one side by the city walls.Stroll through the gardens to discover it's many delights which include the old Victorian Bandstand, ornate fountain and wooden Childrens maze constructed as a castle. A variety of concerts are held here from pop to Brass Bands, And the gardens also play host to the English Food Fare and a Christmas Euromarket.

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Canterbury Historic River Tours

Tours leave from The Ducking Stool, The Old Weavers Restaurant Garden, Kings Bridge, St Peters Street, And take the visitor along the River Stour to view some delightful historic buildings that hug the river. This trip is well worth your time and each boat is rowed by a tour guide who gives a very interesting commentary.

Tours are conducted in the summer and details can be obtained at;

The Dickens Inn at the House of Agnes

This house centrally located at 71 St Dunstans Street was originally a Yeoman's house in 1290 and enjoys a long history and has been superbly preserved. At the back is a pretty walled garden and the house now serves as a B&B establishment, restaurant or just come to the bar and sit by the roaring fire. A stay in one of the beamed rooms will transport you back to England's past.

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Canterbury Farmers Market

The restored goods shed in Station Road West is where you'll find this unique Canterbury institution. More than 17 local farmers come to this Victorian venue to sell their produce and its not only fruit and veg, but home made cakes, shellfish, breads, cheese, eggs etc. Most foodstuffs are organically grown and there is a top class restaurant here using the fresh produce in its tasty fare. Closed on Mondays

The Ghostly Tour of Old Canterbury

This very informative and entertaining tour leaves from St Margerets Street on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm for an hour. Mixing local history, fun, old wife's tales and spooks.

You will be well entertained by your suitably dressed guide.

There is a website at;

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Westgate Gardens

Perfect place to relax, emjoy your favourite book or have a picnic n catch up with friends. You can even have a romantic boat trip along the river that runs along the gardens, especially great for romntic summer evenings. Pure bliss!


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