We stumbled on this place, unsure of what it was. We were told by the garrulous Father(?) in civilian dress that the building dated back to Roman times and we were granted free access just to look at the building. Then we found the best gift shop in Canterbury - holy gifts for the city of religion. Rosaries, candles, Becket pins, etc. Reasonable prices, friendly and helpful staff. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because we didn't try the cafe, for which we are deeply sorry. We'd made the mistake of wasting time and money in La Trappiste. Go there for lunch or a snack - you may do both as you should spend time exploring the building and the gifts. You should also spend time talking to the staff who must have many stories to tell. It was our loss that we had to leave too soon.
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