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Canterbury Cathedral

With its history, heritage, stunning architecture and world famous buildings, the cathedral city of Canterbury makes for a truly fascinating day out. Be charmed by Canterbury’s winding lanes and delve into the past with a tour of its many historic structures including a city wall founded in roman times, the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey and a Norman Castle. 

Without a doubt, Canterbury’s top attraction is its magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. Now part of a Unesco World Heritage site, this is the oldest cathedral in England, founded in 597 AD. The cathedral is full of fascinating history, housing a Romanesque Crypt dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th Century Nave. Don’t miss the stunning stained glass windows depicting miracles and stories associated with St Thomas, this being the very site of Thomas Becket’s martyrdom in 1170. Canterbury Cathedral subsequently became a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide, providing the theme for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Follow your cathedral visit with a boat trip on the river Stour and while away the afternoon with beautiful scenic views of the Kent countryside, before visiting one of Canterbury’s many restaurants or browsing through its independent boutiques.

Just a 40 minute drive from Canterbury, the Holiday Inn Maidstone hotel offers a comfortable and relaxing home from home. Book online now or call our dedicated reservations team on 0871 942 9054 quoting "IDAVE"

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Holiday Inn Maidstone - Sevenoaks is conveniently located close to many historical and natural attractions in  the Garden of England. Our hotel offers 105 comfortable bedrooms, featuring the latest technology such as High Speed Internet Access and High Definition LCD TV's. Enjoy a delicious dinner in our Junction Restaurant or why not just order 24hr Room Service if you feel like staying in. Our Spirit Health Club offers various beauty treatments and allows you to stay in shape with a fully equipped gym, an indoor heated pool, a sauna and Jacuzzi. 

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