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Canterbury is a beautiful cathedral city situated near the south-east corner of Kent. The cathedral is a great tourist attraction, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The most famous archbishop was Sir Thomas-a-Becket. In 1161 Becket, was made archbishop by Henry II. Nine years later his friendship with the king declined and on 29th December 1170, four knights believing the king wanted Becket out of the way, confronted and murdered him in Canterbury Cathedral. Becket was made a saint and his shrine in the cathedral became an important focus for pilgrimage.
Canterbury boasts many attractions both for tourists and the local population. Firstly no one can ignore the beautiful historic architecture lining many streets. Many of the buildings are 16th and 17th century timber-framed houses.
The Roman museum is one of the oldest attractions in Canterbury and the Roman Castle is also open to the public.
The Marlowe Theatre has recently undergone a £25 million makeover and is the largest in the region. The programs include a variety of contemporary and classical productions for all age groups.
Transport links to Canterbury are excellent. The high-speed train service to London St. Pancras means journey times have been slashed to an hour!
Road links to Canterbury are excellent and the park and ride facilities make shopping very easy. There are a huge range of shops and the tourists, students and street musicians create a cosmopolitan, holiday atmosphere no matter what the weather. An excellent place to spend the day with café culture at affordable prices.