Canterbury

Overview

Introduction

The 2,000-year-old city of Canterbury, England, is most famous for its magnificent 11th-century cathedral where Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. His tomb and the cathedral have for centuries attracted pilgrims and travelers, including characters immortalized in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Much of the stained glass in the cathedral remains intact from the 13th century.

After you've thoroughly explored the cathedral, spend the rest of the day walking the cobblestoned streets and visiting the pubs and shops. Be sure to stroll past the West Gate, which is the last surviving of Canterbury's original seven medieval gates.

Canterbury is 55 mi/90 km southeast of London.

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