Canterbury Cathedral

A perfect day out from The Bay Tree Broadstairs is a trip to nearby Canterbury

Canterbury is easily reached by bus, train and car (with both park and ride enroute and city centre parking)

The star of Canterbury is, of course, Canterbury Cathedral, Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. It is the home of a community of people who seek to make the Cathedral a place of welcome, beauty and holiness.

canterbury cathedral precinct

 

Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late fourteenth century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures.

Canterbury Cathedral roof

 

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We highly recommend a day trip and using a tour or guide to look around.

Of course, afterwards, Canterbury itself has many delightful eatieries. superb shopping and many things to see and do.

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