August 2, 2012 ~ Before leaving the lovely House of Agnes for the 20-minute ride to Dover to meet our cruise ship which would carry us around Ireland & Scotland for the next 8 nights , we took a walk through the old town of Canterbury to Canterbury Cathedral.
If you only have a short time in this beautiful Dickens-like town, this magnificent medieval holy place is truly breathtaking and is a must-see. Dating back to somewhere around 597AD, the cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and still very much a working, living church and is probably most notorious for the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. We spent a couple of hours here, but could easily have spent all day. The cathedral is enormous, and only when I got home after the cruise did I find the guide book we purchased for a mere 2.50 pounds which would have made our self-guided tour much more informative and efficient.
Note: For earlier posts, including our view of the quaint town of Canterbury, the Agnes Inn, and all the planning that went into this fantastic cruise vacation, please visit http://sevenseajourneys.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/cruising-around-ireland-scotland-part-i-canterbury/