Friday, 26 January 2018

24 hours in Canterbury, Kent

If you've been around for a while, you'll know that I lived in Canterbury for three years whilst studying towards my degree. It's a stunning city, with plenty of things to do and see. If you've never ventured down to the Garden of England, Canterbury is a very good place to start. Here's what I'd do if I only had 24 hours!

10.00 - arrive early. You can catch a train from London into either of the stations in Canterbury, although it's a faster journey from St Pancras to Canterbury West

11.00 - stroll into the city centre, via the King's Mile. Whilst this is slightly out of your way from the station, it's worth the detour - I'd especially recommend stopping in Siesta on Palace Street. The main city centre is busy and bustling (especially at weekends!) but it's worth a look. I'd also recommend having a look in Canterbury Cathedral, which is absolutely stunning

13.30 - it's lunch time! There are plenty of places to eat in Canterbury for lunch. You might fancy Kitch if you're looking for something healthier, but Chambers does some delicious pancakes

14.30 - lunch is over, but there's still plenty to see! Head to St Augustine's Abbey to explore the ruins of a monastery founded in 598. Canterbury is full of history, and these ruins are worth a visit - especially when you think about how old they are - it's quite amazing really

15.30 - head to the Chocolate Cafe for an afternoon snack. This cafe is incredible - from waffles, to cups of pure chocolate, it is the perfect place to relax after a busy afternoon exploring in Canterbury

16.30 - if you're heading out tonight, you might fancy a couple of hours relaxing at your hotel.

18.30 - go for a quick drink at The Pound before dinner. This bar is in the old jail building, and it's the perfect setting for a cocktail.

19.30 - grab some dinner. My favourite Italian is Pinnoccio's which you can find at 64 Castle Street. With it's family run feel, and absolutely delicious food, you're in for a treat

22.00 - after a delicious meal, you might like to sample some of the nightlife in Canterbury. Start at The Ballroom for some good music, and delicious cocktails. It's quite hard to get a seat here though, so you'll probably want to move on pretty swiftly. There are various places for a dance in Canterbury - The Cuban if you fancy something a little classier, or Club Chem which is a little more rough n' ready

01.30 - head back to your hotel for a good night's sleep after a jam-packed day! I'd recommend the Travel Lodge based in the city centre. It may not be fancy but it's clean and in a great location

10.00 - it's (sadly!) time to leave. At least you know it's only an hour or so back to London

Canterbury truly is a Southern gem, and the perfect place to visit if you fancy somewhere new without going too far from London. There's so much to see and do but even wandering the gorgeous cobbled streets will be a real treat!

Have you ever been to Canterbury?



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