Canterbury is classed as one of England?s most historic cities, with ancient links to the journey of St Augustine and the birth of Christianity. Virginia Woolf thought there was ?no lovelier place in the world than Canterbury?, its what you would call a friendly city break, its small compared to the likes of Edinburgh yet in so many ways has much in common. Canterbury can easily be explored by foot, Kent?s cultural and historic capital Canterbury boasts a host of sights and locations not to be missed.Within its medieval city walls Canterbury offers a wide range of things to do, Their annual October arts festival is fast catching up to the high standards of other major known festivals. Home to the great Canterbury Cathedral, the ruins of Canterbury castle, St Augustine?s Abbey and St Martins church. With a large number of hotels and guest houses Canterbury offers the whole family something to do and a great place to stay.
Canterbury is home to many cultural and historic attractions; the Sidney cooper gallery on St Peters Street is home to the works of TS Cooper and this former art school was home to many famous painters and artists, Mary Tourtel, creator of Rupert Bear studied here. Canterbury has its own theatre; The Marlow Theatre with seating for just over 900 this offers music dance and comedy throughout the year and for a small charge visitors can experience a back stage tour of the theatre.
Other attractions to visit while in Canterbury are; The Canterbury Tales set conveniently close to Canterbury cathedral, is one of Kent?s most visited attractions. An excellent choice for families. You will also find the Canterbury Pilgrim Exhibition being free to enter this is well worth a visit particularly if you have children.
On offer from the Canterbury Tourist office are guided walks offering you the best sights and information in Canterbury, showing you its history and famous links throughout time. Home to the Rupert Bear museum, creator Mary Tourtel was born in Canterbury in 1874 she lived most her life here, dying in Canterbury in 1948. The house where she spent most her years still stands on Ivy Street. Original drawings of a much loved bear are on show in the museum and also features many interactive activities.
Whitefriars area of Canterbury around whitefrairs square and street has had a revamp in recent times. Canterbury is still home to its wide range of specialist shops and has many streets lined for a shoppers delight.
Howletts wild animal park can be found near to Canterbury, just three miles east clearly marked off the A2. This wonderful park covers 90 acres and is one of two parks in the area, the other Port Lympne wild animal park covers 300 acres and is near Ashford. The late john Aspinall first launched Howletts in 1957 then a number of years late in 1973 opened Port Lympne.
Canterbury is home to many golf clubs and as a county Kent is known within the UK as a top British county for golf.