Christianity arrived in Canterbury on the south coast of Britain in the 6th century where a magnificent Cathedral dominates the city.
Historically of strategic importance, William The Conquerer established a fortification there in the 11th century and before that, it was a Roman trading City and frequent destination of Charles Dickens who often referred to it in his works.
Although targeted in WW2 bombing raids, Canterbury is still very popular with tourists from around the world and works well with a visit to one of the castles of Kent.
Just 21 miles from France and going back to the Iron Age, the site of Dover castle has a long and illustrious history.
Featuring a 12th century keep, Roman lighthouse and one of the oldest churches in the county, the site also has a network of underground tunnels developed in the 18th century and extended for use in both World Wars.
Leeds Castle has its roots in the 12th century and was probably always more of a country home than important fortification.
Rarely will you see a more beautiful setting as its classic configuration sees the medieval and subsequent additions surrounded by a moat to produce a ‘wow factor’.
With strong royal connections, it was bought by an American heiress in the early 20th century who turned it into a palatial residence which became a society focal point visited by many ‘A’ list celebrities of the time.
In 1974 it passed into the hands of a trust which was charged with giving visitors the opportunity to see and enjoy it.
For lovers of The Tudors, Hever is a "must see" as it was the family seat and childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Queen Elizabeth I - Anne Boleyn.
TWO CONTRASTING CASTLES
Another alternative is to compare and contrast any two of the Kent Castles in a day.
Canterbury and Leeds/Hever/Dover Castle
1 - 4 Persons: £660.00
5 - 6 Persons: £710.00
CANTERBURY & KENT CASTLTES