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St. Augustine's Abbey
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
Ranked #7 of 108 things to do in Canterbury
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

A huge expanse of lawned ground with some excavated ruins of the Anglo Saxon / Norman church of St Augustine who brought Christianity back to Britain in the late 6th century bc. Also the renaissance of king Henry viii palace. English heritage has an excellent display hall and shop. It works as a park on a hot summer day if you are an EH member. Very serene in bustling canterbury.

Visited July 2014
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“Great bit of history in a World Heritage site”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Ok... whether you like ruins or not this place has a interesting history. Get the guided tape and wander around the site. Unfortunately the church is not included but the story of how the abbey was not saved is interesting. Warning the ground is a bit uneven and a little difficult at spots. If you recently hurt you ankle like I did you may not be able to navigate the entire site. Still a great bit of history to be had!

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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“This place is like stepping back in time”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

First thing you should do when entering St. Augustine's Abbey is get the audio guide, this will enlighten your journey through time and the ages and so that you can physically picture and see the changes to the abbey and the incredible stories that go with it. To walk upon grounds that others have walked back in 598AD is an experience in its own right and what a back drop with the current cathedral to be seen in the background. Around every corner is something of great historical importance to the Kingdom of Kent and then of England. I am so pleased and recommend these Abbey ruins to all to see and that they have been preserved for their historical value.

Visited June 2014
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“History beneath your feet”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This place is well worth a visit. As the quote goes - "History is just one thing after another" and as you walk around you will be surprised as I was I'm sure to find so many fascinating things are associated with or happened here.

I'm not a practicing Christian or a Royalist but nevertheless you have to feel that Henry VIII and the English Reformation have a lot to answer for. This abbey, the foundation of Christianity in the UK was founded in 598 and functioned for nearly a thousand years until its dissolution in 1538. The tragedy is that not only were the buildings dismantled but that libraries and documents were also destroyed. Thankfully what remains has now been well preserved and its historical value recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the care of English Heritage.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful: it deserves your visit”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This abbey has as much history as the cathedral and it deserves your visit. I would allow half day if you wish to truly enjoy this place and explore it in full. St Augustine built the first churches to become part of the abbey and also the original church which then became the cathedral.
I recommend to visit the abbey when the weather is good as it is all open air and you should bring the kids and make it an experience for them too!

Visited May 2014
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