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Saturday, Day Trip from Dover to Canterbury

Dover, United Kingdom
Saturday, April 20, 2019
The picturesque and historical city of Canterbury is only about 16 miles / 26 kms from Dover. Double-decker bus 15 leaves every 30 minutes for the 45 minute trip to the popular tourist destination. I caught the bus in the morning and bought a return ticket for £7. Canterbury was already packed with tourists since it was Easter Saturday.

The main attraction is the massive Canterbury Cathedral and there are also sights such as the city walls and gates built by the Romans, medieval cobblestone walking streets, and the tours in small boats on the Stour River.

Entrance to the Canterbury Cathedral is through the dramatic Christ Church Gate in a small square. The original construction started in 1070 and took many decades. The cathedral is currently being renovated so there is scaffolding on much of the exterior. Seeing the interior is worth paying the entry fee. There was a long line at the ticket office with about a 30 minute wait. The people waiting were entertained by an energetic street musician.

After exploring the cathedral, I walked over to the Westgate City Gate which is the entrance to the Westgate Gardens, the park with the Great Stour River flowing through it. The river's clear water and grass bed goes well with the beautifully landscaped park. Small tour boats navigate through the ducks and people lying in the sun on the grass banks.

My last stop was the St. Augustine's Abbey Ruins. The location has two large gates one of which is Abbot Fyndon's Great Gate, a private entrance into the King’s School. The ruins weren't that interesting and I just looked into the grounds without paying the entrance fee.

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