One entry gate to old Canterbury, West Gate Towers, with the Guildhall on the right.
The High Street.
In England’s south east county of Kent, not far north of the Channel Tunnel is the tourist-friendly attraction of Canterbury, a 1, 000 year-old city originally settled by the Celts, captured and heavily developed by the Romans and finally becoming England’s Christian core thanks to St Augustine’s conversion of King Aethelbert – on Pope Gregory the Great’s behalf – in 597 AD.
The city centre offers medieval walls, a variety of interesting ruins, a cluster of museums, the oldest school in England – The King’s School – and some charming ancient housing (interspersed with plenty of less attractive homes) but most notably the impressive Canterbury Cathedral with its kaleidoscopic stained glass windows and elaborate tombs.
An option to walking the old streets.
The fine old medieval buildings in the city are a delight but they are sadly intermittent, separated by anonymous post-war, red-brick structures due to the Luftwaffe’s (the German air force) habit of unloading their bomb bays before reaching London when under assault by ‘Battle of Britain’s’ finest fighters during WWII.
Unfortunately this was the last decent-sized city before London so it received a lot more 2, 000lb bombs than it deserved.
A bent but unbroken Tudor building in Palace Street.
A traditional fortified wall with defensive slit, converted to modern housing.