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Gaze at Canterbury Cathedral

One of the prettiest cities in south east England, Canterbury's cathedral is among the finest examples of Christian architecture in England. Consecrated in 1070 and built in imposing gothic style, almost a million visitors each year flock to see the archiepiscopal throne, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England. Don't miss the cathedral shop for tasteful gifts and souvenirs.

UNESCO grandeur in Canterbury

Canterbury is a city that has history around every corner. St Martin's Church and St Augustine's Abbey complete the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't miss Canterbury Castle either, the ruined former stronghold of William the Conqueror. Kids will love the Canterbury Tales, an interactive tour through the works of the city's most famous son, Geoffrey Chaucer.

Contemporary art by the sea in Margate

On the Kent coast around 30 minutes by train from Canterbury, the seaside resort of Margate is enjoying a renaissance. The Turner Contemporary draws visitors from around the world thanks to its collection of forward-thinking modern art. As more artists flock to the town, the city has taken on a bohemian vibe. The Old Town area is home to quirky independent shops, while Margate's beaches are once again popular with sun seekers and young families. Planning a trip to Canterbury? Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central Hotel is right in the historic centre, while Travelodge Canterbury Whitstable Hotel is perfect for exploring the North Kent coast.