48 hours in Canterbury
There’s plenty to see in this pretty city, whether you visit its historic cathedral or just enjoy a leisurely trip along the river
By Georgia Varnham
DAY ONE What to do
It is almost a crime to visit Canterbury and not take a look inside the iconic cathedral. Its gothic style dates back to 597, and it served as a monastery of Benedictine monks in the 12th Century. Then spend the afternoon wandering by the River Stour through Westgate Gardens. The beautiful flowers and peaceful atmosphere make for a lovely stroll. Canterbury Cathedral costs £12.50 adults, £8 children. Call 01227 762862 or visit www.canterbury-cathedral.org Westgate Gardens is free. Visit www.westgateparks.co.uk
Where to eat Have an Arabian night at Azouma, which specialises in traditional Moroccan tagines, couscous dishes, and lots of other exotic options. There’s even a free belly-dancing show every Friday night! Call 01227 760076 or visit www.azouma.co.uk
Where to stay
Ebury Hotel is a magnificent building, with 15 standard rooms as well as apartments and cottages – so you can choose whatever type of accommodation suits you. Plus, it’s just short walk from the city centre. Prices from £75 per room. Call 01227 768433 or visit www.ebury-hotel.co.uk
DAY TWO What to do
Take a walk on the wild side at Wingham Wildlife Park. This 26-acre park is home to more than 200 different species, some of which are the only examples in the UK. The two restaurants and two play areas make it a great day out for the family, and there are regular talks to enjoy too. After this, take a 45-minute punting trip down the River Stour. You can choose from an historical, haunted, or romantic tour, depending on your mood. Entrance prices for Wingham Wildlife Park range from £14-£17. Under-2s go free. Call 01227 720836 or visit www.winghamwildlifepark.com Punting prices start at £12. Call 07786 332666, or visit www.canterburypunting.co.uk
Where to eat
Tiny Tim’s Tearoom offers British classics, and is most famous for the eggs Chaucer (poached, with roasted ham and flat mushrooms) named after the writer who famously immortalised the city in The Canterbury Tales. It also has a shop selling a range of flavoured teas. Call 01227 450793, or visit tinytimstearoom.com
n What could be more relaxing than a punt on the Stour?
Take a look inside the cathedral, or visit Wingham Wildlife Park – you choose!