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A one day trip to Canterbury

Canterbury is a beautiful, small town, close to the capital of the United Kingdom, London. When you are planning a city trip to London, it is nice to combine this trip with a day trip to Canterbury. This town is definitely worth the visit! Since Canterbury is not that big, one day is enough to see everything. In this article I will take you with me back to Canterbury and tell you all about the things to do and see while traveling to Canterbury.

Canterbury is a typical, cosy, English town with small streets and beautiful architecture. I loved to wander around the streets of this town. One thing you should absolutely see (and visit) when you are traveling to Canterbury, is the famous cathedral. In the centre of the town you can find the entrance of the cathedral. It is opened every day from 09:00 till 17:30 and on Sunday from 12:30 till 14:30. The entrance fee costs £12.00.

You can also do some good shopping in the town. There are several shops: international shops and local shops. I personally love to explore unknown shops (or anything) and take a look at what it sells. I had the same thing in Canterbury, when we found a nice bookstore in the middle of the shopping street. I am a real book fan, especially when it comes to English written books, so I had to pay a visit to this store. I can take hours in a bookstore to explore new books. Eventually I also bought one.

Canterbury is also a nice town when it comes to pubs and eateries. All over the towns are places to eat or drink something and it’s very cosy everywhere. During my day trip to the town, I went to two places to eat and drink something.

1. Chocolate Café Canterbury
To be honest, I did not know it was a chocolate café in the first place. However, they had some delicious things on the menu (I am a real chocolate lover) and the café looked very cosy, so we went inside. It was late in the morning, so we decided to take a cup of hot chocolate. Wow, and what a choices we had! I chose the coconut hot chocolate and I absolutely loved it, definitely a recommendation. Furthermore, I took a delicious muffin with apple, cinnamon and walnut. This place is definitely worth a visit when traveling to Canterbury.
Address: 1 Guildhall Street

2. La Trappiste
A little later on the day, we decided to go eat something in a café we had seen earlier that day. It was at the opposite of the chocolate café, at the same cute, little square. This café was a little bit bigger and more crowded, but still very cosy with friendly staff. We got a place and decided to start off with an traditional, English tea. After the tea, we took a beer and ate a croque monsieur which, we know, was not really typical English, but very delicious. We sat in this café for a long time, we had so much fun. When you are planning to drink something, this café absolutely is a recommendation. It is also a nice place to eat, but in my opinion more for lunch than for a (luxe) dinner.
Address: 1-2 Sun Street


And this is what we did during our one day trip to Canterbury. I have heard that a nice activity to do in town is a boat trip over the river The Great Stour, through the historical centre of Canterbury. There is an organisation which provides boat trips of 40 minutes over the river, with stories about the history of Canterbury. The organisation is called Canterbury Historic River Tours. On the official website you can take a look for more information. I did not make a boat trip during my trip to the town, because I travelled there in winter, so the weather was not that nice for a boat trip unfortunately.

Author: Tamara

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