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Canterbury is famous for having one of the finest cathedrals in Europe. Its winding medieval streets are filled with history, yet this university city is also a vibrant hub for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Canterbury is an ideal location for exploring other heritage-rich English destinations like Kent, Norwich, Cambridge and London.
If you’re flying into Canterbury from London City Airport, then it’s a 59-mile drive by hire car to the city centre. En route you can stop to buy souvenirs at Bluewater shopping centre, the fourth largest in the UK. Or you could visit the 9th century Rochester Castle, overlooking the river Medway and next to Rochester Cathedral.
There are various rental car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Keddy, Avis and Hertz. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your hire car.
History mingles easily with contemporary life in Canterbury. The Gothic-style Cathedral is world-heritage listed and has stunning stained glass windows. The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction brings Chaucer’s famous stories to life with costumed guides and recreated scenes. You also shouldn’t miss the 16th century Crooked House, which appears to be about to fall over but has been standing strong for hundreds of years. If you like shopping, then you could easily spend hours browsing the city’s many independent stores that sell everything from books to pottery to fudge. Just over a one-mile drive away by rental car are St Augustine’s Abbey, a ruined 4th century monastery, and The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, a museum, library and gallery in a 19th century building. Howletts Wild Animal Park is a five-mile journey away and includes gorillas, tigers, monkeys and even giant anteaters.
If you’re visiting from abroad, remember that the UK is left-hand drive. If you’re planning to drive from Canterbury to London, note that there will be a congestion charge to enter the city centre. Bear in mind that it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK.
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