A photo tour of Canterbury

Wednesday 31 August 2016

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.

Canterbury Cathedral, External View

 

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.

Canterbury Cathedral, The Breathtaking Nave

 

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.

Cristchurch 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.

Westgate Gardens

 

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.

Old Houses Along The Canal

 

Along the pretty narrow streets the old Tudor houses are delightful, whether you admire them by day or by night.

Canterbury 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.

A quiet walk along the river

 

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.

Living again the times of the Canterbury Tales

 

Post and photos contributed by Simon Falvo, editor of  Wild About Travel - Travel Tales by A Travel Addict.  

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