Canterbury is an historic English cathedral city, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a district of Kent in South East England. It lies on the River Stour. Many historical structures remain, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and a Norman castle, and perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School.
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Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest
and most famous Christian structures in England. Founded in 597, the
cathedral was completely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077. The east end was
greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and
largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with
significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims
visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was
murdered in the cathedral in 1170.
The Beaney is an Art Museum and Library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.
This fabulous new facility provides state of the art exhibition galleries, a brand new library, excellent learning facilities and a varied programme of events and activities for all ages.
Augustines Abbey This great abbey, marking the rebirth of
Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597
by St Augustine.
Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church.The impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors.
Following a makeover in March 2013, Canterbury Roman Museum provides a fascinating insight into Roman Canterbury. Built around the remains of an original Roman town house with mosaics and under-floor heating, the museum includes significant Roman finds and a brand new timeline which tracks the journey back in time from present day Canterbury to the original Roman street level.
Heritage Museum Discover the story of Canterbury from
millions of years ago to the present, within one of England's finest
surviving medieval buildings.The ancient Poor Priests' Hospital with
its magnificent medieval beamed roofs and displays of Anglo-Saxon
treasures, Oliver Postgate's cartoon-strip story of Thomas Becket,
rare Tudor painted plaster, the original 'Invicta' steam engine,
Joseph Conrad's study, and Bagpuss and Rupert Bear.