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10 Best Things To Do In Canterbury, England – Hand Luggage Only

10 Best Things To Do In Canterbury, England - Hand Luggage Only

Nestled in the countryside of the south of England, Canterbury is a city that’s steeped in history and a perfect place to visit when in England. Plus, so many of the best things to do in Canterbury are all within walking distance in and from the city centre. This makes it a perfect city in England by foot; well, once you get there that is.

Over the years, we’ve visited Canterbury countless times; and it has steeped in history. For instance, people have lived here since Paleolithic times and, even in more recent years, the Romans. This all makes it a perfect city to visit if you’re interested in British history.

Not only that, Canterbury is a mere stone’s throw from London, taking around 70 minutes by train.  This all means you can easily visit for a day whilst visiting the best places in London

So, to help you on your way, I’m sharing the top places in Canterbury that you have to visit. This way, you can focus on the all-important exploring. Have an amazing time visiting Canterbury. 

1.) Canterbury Cathedral

After arriving at either Canterbury East or West train station, make sure to stroll into the centre of the city and visit Canterbury Cathedral. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Canterbury, especially if you want to explore some of the Norman history from the city itself. 

Now, you will need to grab these tickets to enter Canterbury Cathedral but it’s worth it for sure. Not only that, you’ll get to explore Chapter House and the Great Cloister with this ticket. 

Once inside, you’ll get to visit the northwest transept where Thomas Becket was martyred and Trinity Chapel, which dates back almost 1,000 years. 

A visit will take around 90 minutes and is well worth visiting whilst in Canterbury. 

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2.) Westgate Gardens River Walk

Westgate Gardens is a beautiful place for a stroll, that’s right on the banks of the Great Stour River. It’s so beautiful and the grounds are kept pristine.

Now, a walk around Westgate Gardens will take about 20 minutes. It’s quite small, but perfect if you want some time away from the historic streets of Canterbury itself. 

Don’t forget, you can easily partner a visit to Westgate Gardens with Westgate Towers Museum. It’s a great place to learn more about the city’s defences, especially from the 1300s. Plus, you can get some lovely views from the tower. itself. 

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