Canterbury is a major tourist centre in the county of Kent, England. Even though it was bombed relentlessly during the Second World War (the Blitz), it still contains many ancient buildings, and modern building development within the medieval town centre is strictly regulated by officials at Canterbury.
Canterbury was founded as the Romano-Celtic town of Durovernum Cantiacorum. In the early Middle Ages, the city became known by the Anglo-Saxon name of Cantwarebyrig, meaning “fortress of the men of Kent”.
Canterbury is world-famous for three things; Canterbury Cathedral’s role as the ‘Mother Church’ of the Church of England – the Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England, The murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket inside the Cathedral in 1170, on the indirect orders of King Henry II, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the most notable piece of early English literature (late 1300′s), composed of tales told by travellers on a pilgrimage from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of the martyred Becket.
Canterbury has many shops and stores, many of which are found in towns and cities across the UK. Most recently, The Whitefriars development has brought many new outlets into Canterbury making it a great shopping destination. Shops in the city include GAP, Tescos, Top Man, Next and two independent department stores: Fenwicks and Nasons. There are also a plethora of smaller shops offering a unique experience.
Situated in Canterbury, Sun Hotel is close to Canterbury Cathedral, St. Martin’s Church, and Royal Museum and Art Gallery. Also nearby are Weaver’s House and The Canterbury Tales. Dining options at this Canterbury hotel include a restaurant and lounge. A complimentary breakfast is available. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas.