Looking to escape the hordes of tourists in London? Hop on the train at St. Pancras International station and spend a day in Canterbury. Just an hour ride from London, you can enjoy the historic sites of Canterbury, a city that is a unique mix of university students and local families.

Once you arrive at the Canterbury train station, make your way into the city’s center for a classic English meal. Go for fish and chips at City Fish Bar and sit outside to take in the charming architecture surrounding you. After you’ve filled your belly, wander through the quaint streets of the city. Walk along the river or take a guided boat tour where you can deepen your knowledge of English and Canterbury history.

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Parks, Trails & Cathedrals

Take a walk on the wild side at Howletts Wild Animal Park where you can traverse through 90 acres of parkland, learn about animal conservation, see over 400 animals and admire the beauty of nature.  

Stroll the 3.2 mile-long Canterbury Sculpture Trail. Here, you can admire the artwork dispersed throughout the city.

Next, head to the city’s cathedral. Canterbury’s main attraction is its cathedral which draws tourists from all over Europe. Founded in the year 547, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in England and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you can explore the grounds or attend a service in English or French.

After spending some time at the cathedral, make your way to tea. Head to Tiny Tim’s Tearoom for a fancy and fun tea time. Order a quiche of the day or a scone to go with your drink. If you’re really hungry, stay for dessert. Tiny Tim’s offers a plethora of yummy dessert options including cheesecake and a delectable caramel and hot chocolate cake sundae.

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When you’re completely stuffed, you can head into one of the city’s museums. The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge and the Canterbury Roman Museum are both great places to quiet your mind and continue your day of culture and history.

End your day by gorging on pub food at The Lady Luck. Stay for a lively music set and specialty drinks before heading back into London on a night train.  

Ready to plan your trip to the charming city of Canterbury? For more information on Canterbury, visit the official tourism website here. And find out more about booking a hotel by day. A London daystay is your gateway to this famous city!  Check out day booking hotels like the Victoria Inn or Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel and have the most authentic English experience during your daycation.

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