If you fancy a short break from London to immerse yourself in history, culture and nature, Canterbury is likely to enchant you. The city, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1988, is a little gem and the best way to discover it is by walking around at a slow pace, along the river and in the narrow streets of the center. The gorgeous Cathedral is the heart of the city and the glorious symbol of its past.
The exterior is impressive and the long gothic nave, with its high columns and beautiful ceiling, will leave you speechless, while the lovely cloisters are welcoming and peaceful.
More elaborated and less austere, the Christchurch Gate impresses with its finely carved decorations and the brilliant colors of the coats of arms. The gate overlooks the main square where, in the good season, you can stop for a drink sitting outside to enjoy the view on the Gate.
The imposing Westgate Towers have been the access point to the city for more than 600 years and are a must-visit since they incorporate some of the most peculiar aspects of Canterbury history.
The near-by neat Westgate Garden are a feast for the eyes and a lovely spot for a peaceful walk or relaxing on the lawn while reading a good book.
Along the pretty narrow streets the old Tudor houses are delightful, whether you admire them by day or by night.
With its luxuriant vegetation and the soothing sound of the river, the walkway along the river Stour is a place to experience pure bliss.
And for those wishing to step back in time, a visit to the Canterbury Tales will let you experience life at the time of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Post and photos contributed by Simon Falvo, editor of Wild About Travel - Travel Tales by A Travel Addict.