Canterbury And Herne Bay - 02nd March 2015

A Birthday weekend with a trip to Canterbury was the order of the day with a nice meal and hotel booked for the night. on reaching Canterbury get ready to be robbed blind, with car parking charges that make London look cheap. It costs £1.50 a hour to park your car, if that isn’t enough to make you faint gangs of car washers prowl about asking for further cash. The City centre is the usual tourist hotspot selling tat with welcome to London gifts, bloody shame inner London is nearly 30 miles away. Apart from the few things above it is a nice city and the trip to the cathedral is well worth the entry price of £10 a head, the grounds around the cathedral have some great photo spots and I managed to get some good shots. Within the Cathedral grounds you will find the buildings that make up the Kings School founded in 597AD, often referred to as the oldest school in England.
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Canterbury Cathedral is the centre for the church of England and it is where the Archbishop of Canterbury holds his office as head of the Church of England and the Worldwide Anglican Communion. The Current Archbishop is Justin Welby and he is the 105th in line and it goes right back 1400 years to Augustine of Canterbury the “Apostle to the english”. It certainly is a great place to visit and you can spend a few hours walking along looking and talking photos

Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury.
Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine ofThomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late fourteenth century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures.

Herne Bay.
We also had a visit to Herne bay and walked along the sea front.
Herne Bay /h…úrn/ is a seaside town in Kent, South East England, with a population of 38,563. On the south coast of the Thames Estuary it is 7 miles (11 km) north of Canterbury and 5 miles (8 km) east of Whitstable. It neighbours the ancient villages of Herne and Reculver and is part of the City of Canterbury local government district. Herne Bay's seafront is home to the world's first freestanding purpose-built Clock Tower, built in 1837; from the late Victorian period until 1978, the town had the second-longestpier in the United Kingdom.[1]
The town began as a small shipping community, receiving goods and passengers from London en route to Canterbury and Dover. The town rose to prominence as a seaside resort during the early 19th century after the building of a pleasure pier and promenade by a group of London investors, and reached its heyday in the late Victorian era. Its popularity as a holiday destination has declined over the past decades, due to the increase in foreign travel and to a lesser degree exposure to flooding that has prevented the town's redevelopment.