Follow the routes of countless pilgrims who paid homage to Saint Thomas Becket, who was slain in Canterbury Cathedral, supposedly due to a misinterpretation of King Henry II’s notorious outrage in 1170.
The news – which shocked Christendom throughout Europe and beyond – inspired Geoffrey Chaucer to write The Canterbury Tales.
Canterbury is also the birthplace of the Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe.
Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Cathedral is also adoringly referred to as ‘England in stone.’ As with most ancient and holy places of worship, it has a number of tombs, including those of Prince Edward, (the ‘Black Prince’, eldest son of King Edward III, a knight and hero of the battles of Crécy, Poitiers, and other campaigns); King Henry IV and his wife Queen Joan of Navarre; and, of course, the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket.
Be expertly guided through the City of Canterbury’s quaint, medieval, streets and alleys with a local who will point out places of significance, including crooked teahouses amongst other timber-framed buildings.
Other sites include medieval Westgate, a former prison; 14th century Weavers’ House and cobbled Butchery Lane which has a lovely view of the Cathedral’s Bell Harry Tower.
Walk through Buttermarket, the site of medieval inns which leads to the Christ Church Gate entrance to Canterbury Cathedral*.
Upgrade this private tour by including English tea and visit a nearby castle or historic house for more local insights. (Please see our ‘Tailor-made Tours’ page for ideas.)
*N.B. This tour excludes tickets to Canterbury Cathedral. These may be purchased online. If you intend to book this visit to Canterbury, please enquire first as, to ensure you have privacy, you won’t be guided if you wish to visit the Cathedral. We will, of course, reconvene your outdoor private tour at an agreed meeting point.
The Cathedral is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Therefore, the Cathedral or parts of it may at times be closed for general visiting. Please check the ‘Upcoming Closures’ section of Canterbury Cathedral’s website.
#LetLondonBreathe and avoid the stresses of the city centre’s notoriously heavy traffic. – John will collect you by car at Bromley South station, in London’s suburbs, where your private tour starts. He will drive you through the scenic Kent countryside to Canterbury, for about 90 minutes, while you hear local insights. (Travelling by car gives you easy access to other wonderful locations in Kent, many hard to reach by train).
City of Canterbury
Walk through the medieval streets of historic Canterbury
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes – Admission tickets n/a.
Visit Canterbury Cathedral. (Optional: You may wish to spend more time exploring the city instead).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes – Admission tickets not included
Total tour duration: 6 hours
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