Less than an hour from London, with its cobbled streets, world-famous Cathedral and hidden gems, Canterbury was once one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimage.
Come and hear a Knight, a Miller, a Pardoner and the Wife of Bath tell the tales to compete for a meal at the Tabard Inn as they travel the road from London to Canterbury to pay homage to St Thomas Beckett.
The Marlow Theatre
Playwright Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury and in his short life set the Elizabethan stage alight. He was also a spy and a poet who lived a life of danger. Stabbed to death age 29, his cultural legacy lives on at the modern Marlowe theatre, perfect for a pre-dinner meal and a show.
Seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this World Heritage Site is one of the most famous Christian structures in England with the origins dating back to 597AD. Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered here in 1170 on the orders of King Henry II and thirteenth century Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton played a leading role in the negotiations preceding the Magna Carta – the charter of libertines sealed by King John in 1215.
The Mother Church
Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is home to over 1,200 square meters of stained glass and forms one of England’s largest collections of early medieval stained glass.
World Heritage Site
The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the Cathedral but also encompasses St Martins Church, the oldest still in use as a parish church in the world and used by St Augustine when he arrived in Canterbury in AD 597 and St Augustine’s Abbey. This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded around AD 598 by St Augustine and was originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent.