St Augustine's 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.
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Canterbury was at the heart of the European Anglo-Saxon monastic mayhem! Producing world class medieval manuscripts that were testament to Englands medieval monastic wealth.
St Augustine's Abbey was a Benedictine monastery, founded in 598 and functioning as a monastery until its dissolution in 1538 during the English Reformation. A great way to spend an afternoon, walking around the ruins with the audio tour.
“This is the nearest pub to the property - it is possible to walk but most convenient to go by car - it is about 5 minutes by car”
“Really cool location! This used to be the old Canterbury prison. You can sit and drink in the old prison cells. The drinks are a bit expensive, but they have a good selection. ”
“Situated, as its name suggests, at the westernmost point of the old city's boundary, Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint is housed in the country's largest surviving medieval gatehouse. Built in 1380, the Westgate was one of seven such structures built to defend the access points into the city. Today, this impressive building houses a fascinating museum showcasing the history of the city along with its own storied past. A highlight for most is the opportunity to visit an original "felon's" cell dating from the early 19th century (the building once served as a jail and police station). ”
“Beautiful river walk ducks and gardens. The gardens regularly come top in the UK Garden Awards. Free entry! Take a picnic. :-)”
“This is an old favourite, the appearance, menu and great food has not really changed in decades....and it is always busy which suggests they got it right years ago!”