The Miller's Arms in Canterbury is a weather boarded pub occupying a rounded corner position overlooking the remains of a water mill complete with mill race. The rooms are not numbered but each is named after a Canterbury Tale, thus we had The Pardoner’s Tale. The bar, open all day, serves real ale in a selection of eclectically-rooms. The smoking area is so pretty and candle lit that it almost makes you wish you were a smoker. Comfortable rooms, all with WiFi, an outstanding breakfast menu, friendly staff and Canterbury Cathedral ten minutes' walk away, all combine to make this an ideal base.
2 Mill Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AW
+44(0)1227 456 057
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It's a fab B&B that is a traditional country cottage on the outside and funky design statement on the inside. The food is astounding and there's a hot tub in the completely private garden. Try a champagne bath in the amazing bathroom! A secret hideaway that is just amazing.
Pond Cottage, Selling Road, Old Wives Lees, Canterbury, Kent CT4 8BD
+44 (0)7705 424070
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Leaving the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury the 'Crab and Winkle' cycle route mostly follows an old disused railway line. George Stephenson and his son Robert built the Invicta, the locomotive which ran on this line. The route passes through the ancient woodland of the Blean, and the fascinating 'Winding Pond'. The pond was built in 1829 to store the water that the steam winding engines needed to pull the passenger carriages up the hill out of Whitstable where Thomas Telford built the harbour. Isambard Kingdom Brunel inspected the route's railway tunnel, which is now closed off, the first in the world to take passenger trains.
Whitstable, with its working harbour, strange alleyways and quirky shops has restaurants galore to sustain you for the return trip. Yes, there is a hill up/down from the town at each end, but the main part of the route is fairly flat and wonderfully relaxing.
Iconic but still accessible cathedral - historic but with meaning for the every day person. Just follow the spires.
Excellent accommodation, reasonably priced, amiable host, everything within the old town (including Canterbury Cathedral) within easy walking distance.
28 Castle Street
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2PT
Telephone (01227) 761897
A good idea for a weekend city break with all the family is Canterbury. Visit the Cathedral and other historic churches like St Martin's church and take a boat tour along the Stour river.
Good music, good dancing and good food. Different to other festivals in that it maintains an intimate vibe, but still manages to attract big names... and they have an affordable pricing policy!
August 5-6, Canterbury, Kent
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