Canterbury Houses (c) iStock/Thinkstock
Celebrated for its rich history and spectacular medieval architecture, Canterbury is deeply rooted in British tradition. But there’s more to this city than history: with fine eateries, scenic cruises along the Stour River, and a buzzing shopping scene, Canterbury offers a delightful ménage of ancient British custom and contemporary culture. The ideal destination for a London day trip with Zipcar, visit Canterbury and you’ll find pay-and-display parking dotted around town, as well as popular park-and-ride sites. 
Canterbury Abode (c) David Griffen
For fine dining in Canterbury city centre, MBE award-winner and two-Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines presents the elegant Michael Caines Restaurant, housed in stylish boutique hotel ABode (High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RX, 0122 776 6266, With an emphasis on regional produce, Executive Chef Jean-Marc Zanetti blends modern European cuisine with seasonal British fare, creating tasty hits like slow-cooked organic salmon with honey and soy and a poached then roasted pheasant breast in red wine sauce. Try the weekly tasting menu, which combines sporadic seasonal concoctions with à la carte favourites in no less than seven courses, or visit between 6pm and 7pm for excellent ‘early dining’ two- or three-course set-menu deals (Sundays excluded). 
Canterbury Foundry Brew Pub (c) The Foundry Brew Pub
Those who fancy a more relaxed lunch should make a beeline for the nearby Foundry Brew Pub (Whitehorse Lane, Canterbury CT1 2RU, 0122 745 5899, Set over two floors in a Victorian industrial building that once hosted Canterbury iron company Drury & Biggleston, choose from a hearty menu of good old pub grub, including everything from traditional British pies and sharing platters, to chargrill options such as speciality Foundry ribs and burgers.
Canterbury Cathedral (c) iStock/Thinkstock
Once you’ve had your foodie fill, a short stroll will take you to the striking World Heritage Site, Canterbury Cathedral (Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, 0122 762 862,, where impressive medieval stained-glass windows add a splash of colour to what is still considered an important pilgrimage site. The gothic Cathedral was established in 597 AD, and is packed full of historical markers. A burning candle marks the spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered on the altar steps in 1170, and expert guides are on hand for one-hour tours. 
Canterbury Heritage Museum (c) Visit Canterbury
On the drive out of town, be sure to stop by the 14-century Canterbury Heritage Museum (Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NR, 0122 747 5202, for a healthy dose of the area’s history, ranging from Anglo-Saxon artefacts to local celebrities. Built in 1373, the timber-lined structure initially offered refuge to needy medieval priests, before being eventually converted into an ambulance base during WWII. It’s also a great spot for kids: the original electric-pink cat from popular TV show ‘Bagpuss’ sits on display, and there’s a popular section devoted entirely to Canterbury creation Rupert Bear. 
Whether you’re exploring local history, taking in magnificent architectural designs, or hunting down regional delicacies, Canterbury offers a perfect day’s excursion. Just hop in your Zipcar and you’ll be there before you know it. 
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