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Canterbury Tales

Canterbury is famous for Geoffrey Chaucer's tales of medieval misadventures published in the early 15th century and it's stunning cathedral, one of the oldest in England and a World Heritage Site. It's currently undergoing restoration so make sure to check the website for partial closures.  For opening times and entry fees, click here.

 

If you're loving the medieval aesthetic, then you'll love the Westgate Towers built in 1380 and England's largest remaining medieval gateway. I generally enjoy the towers from the outside, but if you want to go inside, admission is £4 and the towers are open between 11am and 4pm daily. 

 

 

There's also a lovely bar with an outdoor terrace called, The Pound (converted prison from the 1800s) next door that serves up an extensive cocktail menu and craft beers. Even though The Pound claims to be a kitchen and a bar, they aren't currently serving food so don't rock up hungry! They also have police cells built in the early 1900s that can be reserved for small groups. When you walk up to the entrance, it has a clubby feel, but don't worry, they don't charge an entry fee, you don't have to be dressed smartly (although most people are) and the vibe is trendy, but unpretentious and chilled out.

 

 

In addition to the sights, the city itself is beautiful to walk around from the medieval streets to the canals in Westgate Gardens.

 

 

Similar to gondolas in Venice, you can hire a punt to be rowed down the canals for £15 per adult. James and I chose to meander on foot instead, walking along the canal and gardens from Westgate Towers through Bingley Island Nature Reserve and back again. 

 

Needless to say, this worked up quite an appetite and I was surprised to find that most of the nearby pubs only served alcohol, so we ended up at Cafe des Amis, a lively Mexican restaurant decked out in Day of the Dead bric-a-brac. I was pleasantly surprised by the tastiness of the reasonably priced spicy pulled pork enchiladas. The menu was rather extensive and veggie-friendly if pork is not your thing.

 

There's plenty of bars and pubs if you're not ready to conclude your evening. Had we not been exhausted, we would have stopped for a drink in the Falstaff Bar. Fortunately, there's always next time!

 

 

 

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