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Days 4-6
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The medieval city of Canterbury is the spiritual center for England and is famed for being the place where Thomas à Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered. After seeing Canterbury's mains sights, explore Dover before taking the ferry or Eurostar to Paris.
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  • History
  • Architecture


  • The earliest parts of Canterbury Cathedral date back to A.D. 1100. King Henry IV is buried. Make sure to see the beautiful stained-glass windows.
  • The Canterbury Roman Museum is located below ground, and features colorful, mosaic-Roman pavement and a hypocaust (a version of Roman central heating).
  • Take the Canterbury Tales tour, although slightly kitschy, which brings Chaucer's book to life.

Side Trips

  • Head to Dover to take in the view of the iconic White Cliffs. Don't miss Dover Castle, towering high above the ramparts of the cliffs and rich with history. Picturesque Chilham, 5 mi/8 km southwest of Canterbury, is filled with perfect examples of rural English architecture, including gabled windows and thatched roofs.
  • Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, deep in the Kent countryside, 24 mi/39 km southwest of Canterbury, has one of the most famous gardens in the world.

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