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Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury

Tour one of Canterbury's oldest buildings at Eastbridge Hospital. Built in the 12th century, the site originally provided refuge for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury Cathedral following the murder of St. Thomas Beckett. Today, it continues to offer accommodations for the elderly of Canterbury. The well-maintained building hasn't changed much since its construction, and information boards upstairs in the chapel to give you a better outlook on the history of the place. Keep your eye out for temporary art exhibits, hosted here from time to time. Put Eastbridge Hospital into our Canterbury trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 17, 2017
    ...to this small but interesting piece of Canterbury history.....factual and realistic leaving a lot to ones imagination. Walk round the three or four rooms and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Wonderful little building which you could easily walk past. If you love history this is a must-see. The man at the desk was a delightful fount of knowledge & answered all our questions. The wall paint...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The Eastbridge Hospital, although only small, is well worth visiting. This place provided respite to the pilgrims of Canterbury (only 12 beds were available at one time, in line with their being 12 Ap...  more »
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  • This place probably gets overlooked quite a lot, as it's entrance it just a small doorway on the high Street. Definitely worth a look, the building has a lot of history. And a 13th century fresco still remains on one of the walls.
  • Great staff. Helpful and intuitive.
  • Well kept and tells us so much about medieval times.
  • Fascinating medieval pilgrim hospital, a hostel for poor travellers. To understand Canterbury and pilgrimages, this is an essential place to visit. Don't miss the chapel on the upper floor.

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