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Places to stay in Canterbury

Canterbury has a particularly storied history, emerging in the 1st century AD as a Roman settlement built on the basic foundations of an ancient British settlement. Emerging as a much more important town under the Danes, its conversion to Christianity under Benedictine monk Augustine - who now lays buried in its famed cathedral - established Canterbury as a religious hub, which continues to this day.

This beautiful cathedral city developed rapidly in the Middle Ages and played host to some of the most famous happenings in Britain during this period, such as the scalping of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket on the orders of Henry II, as well as the setting of the "Father of English literature" Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Yet despite heavy bombing during The Blitz and Baedecker raids, the city still stands strong and retains many of its ancient buildings, earning UNESCO World Heritage status for its Roman city wall, the ruins of an abbey, a Norman castle and even the oldest school in England.

Near to Canterbury, visitors can also find the coastal resorts of Herne Bay and Whitstable, offering city break escapists the perfect mix of suburbia, coastline and countryside.

Hostels in Canterbury
Hostels in Canterbury

Taking centre stage inside the Roman walls of the city, YHA Canterbury is the perfect base from which to explore this Kentish highlight and make the most of its beautiful architecture and fascinating museums. It's also extremely close to the North Downs Way and even a day trip to France - not that you're short of things to do here!


Five Free Things To Do In Canterbury

Canterbury Norman Castle
As one of the most ancient buildings of its kind in all of Britain, it was erected in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings, and is the perfect place to explore for young and old alike!

The Beaney
Found right in the centre of Canterbury, this art museum and library boasts plenty in the way of galleries and exhibitions, an extensive book collection and a variety of events and activities.

Barnsole Vineyard
Serving the locals as a family-run vineyard, visitors are offered a free mini-tour that shows off the highlights of its three-acre plot, while also treating guests to a free wine tasting session.

The Blean Ancient Woodlands
The largest woods in all of Kent are just a little way away, and cover over 11 square miles of countryside. Filled with classic British wildlife and rare, beautiful plants, it's also supported by a network of family-friendly traditional pubs and restaurants.

Canterbury City Walls
A stroll around the perimeter of Canterbury's Roman walls is the best way to finish a trip to the city. While it only covers half of the city centre, plenty of great views can be had from these historic structures.

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