Canterbury, like Rochester, can be visited on a day trip from London. However the city has so many connections with authors and playwrights, going right back to Chaucer, that a stay of a few days is needed to take it all in.
England’s most important cathedral is central to Canterbury, and any visit to the city should start there. Part of the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, the same century that saw the murder of Thomas Becket. Made a saint after his death, Becket’s shrine at Canterbury became the most important pilgrimage site in mediaeval England.
The Canterbury Festival will be held 18 October to 1 November 2014, and features theatre and art, plus a series of talks that includes some authors talking about their newly published books.