Just an hour train ride from London is the lovely town of Canterbury. And I was lucky enough to visit last month as my cousin was getting married in the area. Canterbury has small town charm and historic sites, but somehow manages to combine modern chain stores like Marks & Spencer, without ruining the feel.
I traveled with my fiancé to Europe, and Canterbury was our first stop of 3 (London and Bruges posts coming soon!). We only had 2 days to explore, but made the most of our time!
We stayed at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, which was on the property of the historic church. When we arrived at the hotel, our room wasn’t quite ready, so we immediately got into tourist mode and explored the Cathedral. The architecture and details were impressive, and I was particularly intrigued by the smaller worship areas on the bottom level.
After our self guided tour, we were able to check-in and the room was perfect! Cozy and cabin-like, and overlooking a nice part of the property. Definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting Canterbury. Beyond the gorgeous property, they had a great breakfast which was included in the nightly rate.
Our view of the Cathedral:
Ok, so by now it’s clear that I was into the Cathedral. So here is what else Canterbury had to offer…
After settling into the room, I really wanted a traditional English brunch. And we found a place that serves brunch all day long, called Kitch. It was super cute and had good vegetarian options.
Next stop was a canal tour. The tour by Canterbury Historic River Tours lasted about 45 minutes and went through a rather small route. The pace was relaxing, and the scenery was fantastic!
We also explored Canterbury Castle (or what was left of it)…
Believe it or not, this was all on day 1, which started as soon as we landed. We were beat by the end of the day and had a canal side dinner at Cafe du Soleil. They are known for their pizza, but my salad was pretty good!
The next day we explored the town a bit more, but it was mainly focused on my cousins wedding which was held at nearby Old Kent Barn.
Next stop (and post), London! Stay tuned :-).