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Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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. By using our Canterbury vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Eastbridge Hospital and other attractions in Canterbury.
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  • This historic building in the centre of the city is an absolute delight steeped in history dating right back to the 12th century when it was a place to stay for the pilgrims visiting Thomas Becket's t...  more »
  • walking down the street we came upon this low door and curiosity took us inside, stone floors, arched ceilings, sort of undercroft, where the pilgrims slept when making their long trek to the Cathedra...  more »
  • This is a spot you won't want to miss seeing. It is steeped in history and one can only image what it was like when the pilgrims landed there to stay the night. A unique place and a must to see  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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To explore Canterbury at your own pace, book your rooms at a family-run hotel in the heart of this historical city. Staying in this area keeps you close to all of the city's main historical sites, as well as its major shopping center. Family-run hotels offer traditional values, warm hospitality, and fully-licensed bars and restaurants, all at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. For an equally comfortable and affordable stay, consider one of many centrally located guesthouses, which feature elegant rooms and covered courtyards.
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