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History lovers will be spoilt for things to do in the pretty, picturesque city of Canterbury. Roman relics, medieval fortifications and charming cobbled streets are all reminders of the area’s epic past. And then, of course, there’s the monumental cathedral, whose spires tower across the city, a reminder that this is the seat of the global Anglican Church. Canterbury holiday rentals put you in the heart of all this heritage, so you can simply stroll out to see the centuries-old townhouses and historic gardens dating to the 16th century. The Stour, a river flowing through the city, is another great point of interest, and taking a cruise along its placid waters is a favourite way to take in the some of the oldest sites.
If you like the thought of feeling like a local rather than a fleeting visitor, then Canterbury holiday apartments are just the thing – no matter how long you plan to stay. Instead of having to make do with a small hotel guestroom, you’ll have an entire property to play with, including spacious living areas and a proper kitchen where you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast every morning, or indulge in some afternoon tea when the mood takes you. With ebookers, you can search for holiday rentals in Canterbury that suit you, well ahead of time, and then get on with the important business of looking forward to your city break.
The great jewel of the city is Canterbury Cathedral, which dates right back to 597 AD. The church of the Archbishop of Canterbury, it’s a lavish gothic masterpiece whose interior – illuminated through vast medieval stained glass windows – is every bit as gobsmacking as the ornate structure you can see from all over town. A point of pilgrimage for faithful Christians and history lovers alike, it’s most famous spot is the very place where archbishop Thomas Becket was slain by knights in 1170. You should also make time to see the handsome ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, a crucially important site in the history of religion in England. Hungry for more history? Visit the Canterbury Heritage Museum, housed in a medieval building and boasting exhibits from a 70,000-year-old mammoth tusk to the original Bagpuss. Shoppers won’t be stuck for things to do either, with the King’s Mile featuring a string of independent stores tucked in historic buildings.
Walking is the best way to explore the various quaint nooks of Canterbury, although many visitors may also be tempted to go for a guided punt across the river. These tours aren’t just a great chance to relax or take memorable selfies – you’ll also see iconic landmarks from a whole new angle. Hiring a car is also recommended if you fancy getting out for a day trip to the seaside town of Whitstable, famed for its oysters, or to visit Wingham Wildlife Park, where you can feed penguins and get up close to cute red pandas.