Renowned for its Cathedral, the spiritual home of the Archbishop of Canterbury who heads the Anglican Church, Canterbury is a relatively small city with a long history. It was a Celtic capital and a walled Roman town, with a Norman castle and a ruined abbey.
Canterbury has been a visitor attraction for centuries, attracting pilgrims to its cathedral since the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170, such pilgrims forming the basis of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
The Cathedral is within walking distance of the stations, and high-speed services from London St Pancras take under an hour. Canterbury is accessible from the M2 and M20 and a park-and-ride service is offered.
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