Canterbury London Day Trip - 5 Things to Do
The next one in this mini-series of my day trips from London is one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom - Canterbury.
Canterbury is UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cathedral city located 89 km (55 miles) east-southeast of London in Kent county. Its reasonable distance from London and regular public transport connections making it for a perfect day trip to the English countryside.
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You can read about my day trip from London to Southend on Sea where I visited colourful beach huts here.
The city has a rich history and the first settlement here was established as early as in prehistoric times. Romans later settled here in the 1st century AD.
You can easily spend a day here soaking in the rich history, beautiful architecture, and enjoy strolling alongside the Great Stour river which is one of the cleanest in England.
Also, Orlando Bloom was born here which might or might not be of importance to some people. :D
Thomas Becket - The Archbishop of Canterbury
Who the heck is Thomas Becket? That was my first thought when I started looking into visiting Canterbury and this name seemed to pop up a lot. And that’s for a good reason.
Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in 1170. He was allegedly killed by the knights of Henry II, King of England, who had a dispute with him over the rights of the Church.
Becket was murdered at the altar inside Canterbury Cathedral. His body was found lying on the stone floor with a head cut open and his brain all over the place. For some reason, people who discovered his body dipped their tissues into his splattered brain and it was claimed Becket’s bodily fluids relieved people of many diseases and hardships.
The word of the healing qualities quickly spread over the country and in mainland Europe. Soon people started making pilgrims to Canterbury in hopes of being cured or relieved of their hardships and an early version of the tourism industry was booming in Canterbury.
Even though nowadays there’s (luckily) no splattered brain for people to dip their tissues in, there’s still plenty to do and see in Canterbury.
Scroll all the way to the bottom for cost the break down of the trip.
5 Things to do in Canterbury
Historical River Cruise
Canterbury Guided Walking Tour with Canterbury Cathedral
Explore On Your Own
Queen Bee Home
1. Historical River Cruise
The best and also my favourite way to see Canterbury is from inside of a boat which helps you avoid busty narrow streets of the town.
I have taken Canterbury Historic River Tour that starts right next to Old Weavers House and even though it was quite a busy day I only had to wait about 10 minutes for the start of the tour.