Canterbury old and new
Successfully combining modernity with venerable old age, Canterbury is a place of pilgrimage for those with a passion for history, as well as a bustling, 21st-century destination.
Historic Canterbury mainly revolves around World Heritage status churches, in particular:
- Canterbury Cathedral, founded in the 6th century then built and rebuilt for centuries afterward.
- the modest Church of St Martin, the oldest church in England.
- the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, the man whose mission from Pope Gregory I established the Cathedral.
Today the city still welcomes visitors from around the world and has successfully blended its many ancient buildings with modern shops, bars and restaurants. This cosmopolitan vitality is also an integral part of its history, as the stream of pilgrims arriving here from all over the country since the 12th century has made sure there was no shortage of visitors to the city.