If you are visiting London and want to see, breathe and feel a dash of glorious history of England, there is a real treat for you laying on the South-East of the capital. Crossing a two-hour distance, you will reach Canterbury, home of the extraordinary Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ or simply Canterbury Cathedral. It is one of the oldest Christian structures in England and definitely the most famous one.
Covering the period of almost 1400 years of history, Canterbury Cathedral is often described as “England in stone”. The most intriguing historical anecdotes can be related to Cathedral; such as the story of the Christian establishment in England and the first Archbishop Augustine or the story of the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket. The Cathedral itself was founded in 597 and over the centuries it was several times rebuilt, enlarged and refurnished.
On your way to Canterbury there are always few stops to make, like Leeds and Greenwich. The first one is known for its “loveliest castle in the world” according to Lord Conway. Set in the centre of the lake and surrounded by 500 acres of greenery, it offers a magical atmosphere and peace. As for the latter, Greenwich, it is known as a home of “Cutty Sark” tea clipper as well as the home of the Royal Observatory.
When in Canterbury, with a half-hour drive distance, you might let yourself be amazed by White Cliffs standing 400 feet above sea level and the Castle above them, watching carefully over the town of Dover.
Being a part of a World Heritage Site, Canterbury Cathedral is doubtlessly worth visiting, so don’t miss your chance! Come and see why it was an inspiration for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and let it lead you slowly through history.