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UNITED KINGDOM - England


Location - Western Europe; Capital - London; Population - England - 50.5 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - ENGLAND

There's plenty of places to visit within an hour or two of London, and I took a few day-trips in summer 2011. Page being updated.

 

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eng1605On the walk in from Canterbury West train station, the first sight is the Stour River - Canterbury

 

 

eng1606The 14th century West Gate Tower protected entry into the old town. It's possible to go to the top of the tower for decent views - Canterbury

 

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eng1617I passed through the old town to the 6th century St Augustine's Abbey. It later became a royal palace before falling into ruin - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1621East of the Abbey is 6th century St Martin's Church, said to be the oldest church in continuous use - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1623Just off to work? Canterbury

 

 

eng1629Into the old town and the main shopping street - Canterbury

 

 

eng1630The Old Weaver's House stands next to the Stour River - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1637Boats are rowed and punted up and down the Stour - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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eng1636The Stour River passes beneath several buildings - Canterbury

 

 

eng1639It's a brief but relaxing - and informative - ride through the city - Canterbury

 

 

eng1641There's a number of historic buildings along the King's Mile - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1643Not sure if this one is historic but it sure is wonky - Canterbury

 

 

eng1646Walk along the Old Town walls, which here overlook Dane John Gardens - Canterbury

 

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eng1647Take a break at Dane John Gardens - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1649Visible from the 'historic mound' at Dane John Gardens is what looks like a windmill, now a private residence - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1653The ruins of a Norman castle lie within the Old Town - Canterbury

 

 

eng1659The main draw is Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest and most important cathedrals in Europe - Canterbury

 

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eng1663Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1679The herb garden of Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1674In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral by knights of King Henry II (who allegedly said 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?'). Becket was canonised shortly after; the swords form a memorial - Canterbury

 

 

eng1676The sign states: 'The candle burns where the shrine of St Thomas of Canterbury stood from 1220 to 1538 when it was destroyed by order of King Henry VIII'. Opposite is the tomb of King Henry IV - Canterbury

 

 

eng1660The nave of the Cathedral - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1667Archways of what is now the King's School, with the Norman Staircase on the right - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1666Across Green Court to Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury

 

 

eng1683The entrance to the Cathedral at Buttermarket - Canterbury

 

 

eng1684The historic Buttermarket - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1685There's plenty of boutiques and tourist shops in the city - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1687A shopping street points to the Cathedral - Canterbury

 

 

eng1691The city feels very English in parts. Tea and scones, jam, pubs, tailors.. - Canterbury

 

 

eng1693Punting on the Stour River - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1699A soft sun warms the Cathedral, as seen from Westgate Gardens - Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1758King Alfred the Great, the former king of Wessex, welcomes visitors to Winchester. Alfred defended Anlgo-Saxon kingdoms against the Vikings in the 9th century, and Winchester was his capital.

 

 

eng1702The Great Hall - all that remains after Oliver Cromwell's destruction of Winchester Castle in the 17th century - lies at the end of this cobbled street. Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower of London, and tried in the Great Hall, Winchester

 

 

eng1707The Great Hall is famed for King Arthur's Round Table, where legend has it King Arthur met with his knights in the 5th/6th centuries - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1711Unfortunately the Table is not the real deal; it was probably made in the 13th century - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1719God Begot House is a 16th century building on the High Street - Winchester

 

 

eng1721Early evening in the shopping district - Winchester

 

 

eng17778.15pm down the High Street - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1779Also on the High Street is the Buttercross, a 15th century city cross - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1726The 11th century Winchester Cathedral - Winchester

 

 

eng1730English novelist Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral - Winchester

 

 

eng1733Down in the Cathedral crypt is an Antony Gormley statue 'Sound II' - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1739Another angle on the Cathedral, from The Close - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1738aWalking past Cathedral walls - Winchester

 

 

eng1742Pilgrims' Hall is set within the Cathedral grounds - Winchester

 

 

eng1746Walking through Kingsgate, one of Winchester's city gates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1744The city walls - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1748A sign on the pastel yellow building states: 'In this house Jane Austen lived her last days and died 18th July 1817' - Winchester

 

 

eng174913th century Winchester College is said to be the oldest continuously-running school in England - Winchester

 

 

eng1755The remains of 12th century Wolvesey Castle, aka the Old Bishop's Palace - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1756Next to Wolvesey Castle is Wolvesey Palace, the current bishop's residence - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1757Abbey Gardens is a relaxing area of the city - Winchester

 

 

eng1762The River Itchen runs through the eastern section of the city - Winchester

 

 

eng1764Keep following the Itchen River via the water meadows of Keats' Walk - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1766Keats' Walk takes you to the 12th century Hospital of St Cross - Winchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eng1770It's worth walking up St Giles Hill for some fine views of the city - Winchester

 

eng1775On the left is Winchester Cathedral; the turquoise-topped clocktower is that of the Guildhall - Winchester

 

 

eng1782A ladies toilet door in a Winchester pub.
Luckily the scenario of a woman opening the door to a guy with camera in hand did not play out...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.enjoyengland.com - England tourist board

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official website

www.britainexpress.com

www.yorkshire.com - guide to Yorkshire

www.visitsouthwest.co.uk - guide to south west England

www.visitsoutheastengland.com - guide to south east England

www.visitenglandsnorthwest.com - guide to north west England

www.visitnortheastengland.com - guide to north east England

www.eetb.org.uk - guide to east England

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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