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Holidays In Canterbury: What To Do When You Visit Canterbury   by Frederick Hoymer

Featured Canterbury Hotels

Canterbury vacations offer you the perfect blend of a city holiday with the chance to enjoy the coast and countryside as well. So you know that throughout your stay in this beautiful and ancient city there are going to be things for everyone to do which will keep them entertained.
Even for the youngest people in your vacation group you will find that they will have plenty to keep them amused. Along with some very beautiful but shingly beaches for them to play on there are plenty of good walking paths as well as beautiful beach side promenades for them to enjoy.

Just a long the coast from Canterbury is the small town of Herne Bay and here you will find a variety of different activities to keep the children in your group amused. On the seafront there is a play area containing trampolines and a mini golf course. Plus also, Herne Bay has a cinema and leisure centre as well so even if the weather takes a turn for the worse there is still plenty for one to do.

Another great place to visit during your time in Canterbury is Badger's Hill Farm and Cidery. Here you can not only get a chance to sample and buy some of the cider that the farm produces but there are other refreshments that one can enjoy in the farm shop. Also, it sells a large selection of homemade foods including pickles and preserves and local hand crafted gifts.

Canterbury Cathedral, Unesco World Heritage Site, Kent, England, United Kingdom
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For the kids there is also a chance for them to spend some time feeding the animals. But here you will not only find sheep, pigs and cows but also wallabies, rheas and Patagonian Caveys as well.

A great way to see the city of Canterbury is by going on an historic river tour. This last for around 30 to 40 minutes and allow you to visit the small 13th Century Franciscan chapel on an island at the end of the city known as Greyfriars.
Punting on the River Stour, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
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Then after spending time exploring the island you get back on the boat to head down towards the Cathedral itself. During the journey, you will pass by Eastbridge Hospital that was built in the 12th Century and under King's Bridge, which was built in 1134.

As you journey on down towards Canterbury Cathedral on either side you will see buildings dating back to the medieval period of this city's history. There is the Old Weavers House, The Kings Mill and an iron forge dating back to the times of Cromwell.

Once you have passed the Cathedral and the river offers you, some spectacular views of this imposing building you reach the final stop in the tour. 

You pass through the priories that were built by the Blackfriars (Dominican Monks) back in the 14th Century and end up at a site known as Abbots Mill. You then make your way back down river again to the point from which the tour began.

Certainly, Canterbury vacations will offer all members of your family something to do that they will enjoy and which will entertain them. However, you may find that you need to return to this city several more times to ensure that you have seen and done everything that you want.

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Abode Canterbury Hotel Canterbury
Situated within the city walls, this hotel is really a perfect destination for business or pleasure travellers.  Located in the main shopping area, the Abode Canterbury Hotel is a listed building with original features, ideally placed for exploring the picturesque villages of Kent.  Attentive room service is available for your convenience.  Whether you enjoy an informal meal in the Old Brewery Tavern or an exquisite three-course meal in the Michael Caines Restaurant, the Abode Canterbury offers something for everyone.
Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel Canterbury
Gothic style building, dating back to the 1830s, became a hotel in 1927 and since has served the needs of the historic city of Canterbury. Today the Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel has been tastefully, yet traditionally, refurbished to offer all the comforts and amenities of a first class modern hotel, with gardens and all the charm and atmosphere times gone by. The hotel is situated 5 mins walk from County Cricket Ground.
Millers Arms Inn Canterbury
This city-center hotel is located in Canterbury, close to Marlowe Theatre and Weaver's House. Also nearby are Royal Museum and Art Gallery and Canterbury Cathedral. The property offers wireless Internet access (surcharge). Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms provide wireless Internet access (surcharge) and direct-dial phones. Bathrooms offer makeup/shaving mirrors, hair dryers, and complimentary toiletries. Additional amenities include desks and windows that open. Cribs (infant beds) are available. All guestrooms at Millers Arms Inn are non-smoking. 
The Chaucer Hotel Canterbury
Offering stylish and contemporary accommodation, this property is the perfect base for both business as well as leisure travellers.  The Chaucer Hotel is conveniently located to the south side of the city walls. The hotel is situated approximately 5 minutes walk from Canterbury Cathedral, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Tales and the St Augustines Abbey ruins.  The hotel offers 47 beautifully appointed guest rooms and spacious suites that are stylishly furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure you a comfortable and pleasant stay.  The hotel's 63 Ivy Lane restaurant offers traditional English cuisine with a French influence and the a la carte menu for you to enjoy. 

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