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

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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?

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Take a look in­side the cathe­dral, or visit Wing­ham Wildlife Park – you choose!

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