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Canterbury

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Canterbury
Location Map ( geo)
Canterbury Cathedral - Geograph - 613.jpg
Canterbury Cathedral
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County
Kent
Forward Destination on
A2 • A28 • A299
Next Primary Destinations
Ashford • Dover • Margate • Ramsgate
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
Folkestone
Places related to the A2
Places related to the A28

The City of Canterbury lies in east Kent. First built by the Romans, it is one of Britain's oldest cities. It has always been a important place, particularly in Medieval times when it was a place for pilgrimage following the murder of Thomas Becket. Although its national importance decreased following the dissociation of the monasteries, it is still an important regional centre. It is now the only city in Kent now that Rochester lost its city status and it is a major tourist destination.

History

Canterbury in 1926

As might be expected, several Roman roads meet in the centre of Canterbury. The A2 historically entered along London Road and through Westgate and along New Dover Road; this route is now mostly the A2050 except inside the city walls and along London Road. The A28 has always gone around the city on the ring road, though the route to the north has been re-aligned to run along part of Military Road. The B2068 mostly runs along Stone Street, a Roman road towards the ancient port of Lympne, though it diverges from the modern route towards Canterbury.

The only high-quality road in the area is the dual carriageway A2 bypass. Although a primary route, the A28 is slow through Wincheap to the south and towards Sturry to the north, with numerous roundabouts and fronting properties. The two roads connect at an interchange near Thanington, but the Dover-bound exit from the A2 to the A28 has never been built, and is currently obstructed by the park and ride. There have been numerous proposals for a Canterbury Eastern Bypass, which would reroute the A28 away from the city centre, connecting to the A2 at Bridge, and potentially also bypass Sturry.


Routes

Route To Notes

A2

(M2), London

A2

Dover

A28

Ashford

A28

Margate

A299

Ramsgate Accessed via A28

A252

Charing, Challock Accessed via A28

A257

Sandwich

A260

Folkestone Accessed via A2

A290

Whitstable

A291

Herne Bay Accessed via A28

B2068

Hythe Actually goes to M20 J11; remainder of route is via the A261

A2005

Link across city centre

B2043

Link across northern side of city between A2 and A28


Links




Canterbury
Junctions
Crossings
Roads
NCN1 • NCN18 • A2 • A28 • A257 • A290 • A291 • A2005 • A2039 (Canterbury) • A2050 • B2042 (Whitstable - Canterbury) • B2043 • B2068 • B2248 • EuroVelo 5 • Pilgrims Way • T34 (Britain) • Watling Street
Related Pictures
View gallery (28)
A28 in Canterbury - Coppermine - 22346.jpgA28 (& A2050) Canterbury Ring Road - Coppermine - 9098.JPGAn Alpha 3 on an old column - Coppermine - 10695.jpgWhitstable Road, Canterbury (C) Malc McDonald - Geograph - 3717021.jpgA2 Church Hill Canterbury 1976.jpg
Places in South East England
Major DestinationsBrighton • Canterbury • Channel Tunnel • Chichester • Dover • Guildford
Primary DestinationsAshford • Bognor Regis • Crawley • Dartford Crossing • Dorking • East Grinstead • Eastbourne • Farnham • Folkestone • Gatwick Airport • Hastings • Horsham • Lewes • Maidstone • Margate • Newhaven • Ramsgate • Reigate • Sevenoaks • Sheerness • Staines • Thamesport • Tunbridge Wells • Uckfield • Worthing
Other PlacesBexhill • Billingshurst • Brenzett • Burgess Hill • Chatham • Dartford • Esher • Ewell • Faversham • Gillingham • Gravesend • Haywards Heath • Hindhead • Hove • Hythe • Leatherhead • Littlehampton • Midhurst • Redhill • Rochester • Rye • Sandwich • Shoreham-by-Sea • Sittingbourne • Swanley • Tenterden • Tonbridge • Weybridge • Woking


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