I have a BA in English & American Literature and Drama, and an MA in Multimedia Journalism. I am now a freelance writer living in West London.
Published March 15th 2013
The Garden of England
It may not be warm enough yet for bare legs and sandals but spring is certainly approaching. As I sit at my desk writing this, I admire the clear skies and singing birds through the window, and all I want to do is be outside basking in the sun's glorious rays.
One of my favourite places to be during the spring and summer months is Canterbury. With its pretty parks and picturesque views, it is one of the nicest places to be and there is a lot on offer for those eager to get outdoors.
Why not take a stroll through the historic town, where you can walk along the cobbled streets and sample the delights of the Cathedral? The town centre runs adjacently to a row of beautiful parks where you can sit on the bank of the River Stour with an ice-cream from one of the ice-cream stands.
Or if the river floats your boat, there are river boat tours which take you through the heart of the city, offering insights into Canterbury's historic past and providing an opportunity to explore the city's beauty.
Fancy a bite to eat? The town centre boasts an array of quaint cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating areas. Or if a refreshing drink is more to your liking, there are various pubs to choose from with delightful beer gardens. 'The Parrot' is a popular favourite.
At this time of year you'll find most of the students relaxing on the green hills of the University of Kent campus. But this is not restricted to students; families often take to the hills, which offer a stunning view of the Cathedral and city centre.
When it's a bit warmer, to really get in the summer mood you can take a trip to the beautiful seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable, where you can sunbathe on the beach, stroll along the seafront or enjoy fish and chips with a sea view.
Even in the winter, Canterbury is still a lovely and festive place to be. At Christmas, the Cathedral hosts a wonderful carol concert and in the town centre you will find the annual Christmas market, where you can relax with a glass of "glühwein" (German mulled wine) and a German Bratwurst sausage, whilst browsing the beautiful arts and crafts stalls for Christmas gifts.
From London, Canterbury is less than an hour away on the high speed train from St. Pancras, or about an hour and a half away from Charing Cross. So next time you decide to take a day trip to Brighton, why not give Canterbury a go instead? You won't be disappointed.