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Where to stay in Canterbury?

I'm interested in your recommendations for a hotel or b&b in Canterbury as well as any advice for someone visiting in early March. Thanks!

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I have been to Canterbury in March. March 05. It snowed, or should I say sleeted. Very cold and damp, and deserted, since it was cold and damp. Frankly why would you want to do more then a day trip there, other then walking down a few streets( which as I said were fairly deserted as the weather was foul, I am sure it is different in the summer) and seeing the Cathederal there doesn't seem be alot to do. There was some sort of touristy "Tales of Canterbury " museam,, but we took one look and left happy not to give our money to what appeared to be just another cheesy tourist trap.

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Thanks for the warning! I am actually planning only one night in Canterbury on my way back to London from Paris - just hoping to see the cathedral, eat a meal or two and stay the night in comfortable lodging that's not extravagant (extra points if it has a working fireplace somewhere on the premises!)

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We stayed in Canterbury for 2 nights several years ago. It was a small fairly inexpensive B&B- Greyfriars House. Not the best place we've ever stayed but friendly hosts and good location. We really liked the town itself though when we visited they were having a heat wave so everyone was out enjoying the town. Really good restaurants - not typically English, but very good Indian and we had great Italian there too. There was lots of shopping, sort of on the "artsy" or alternative side, which we found surprising but a nice change from some of the older, smaller villages.

We also used this as a base to visit Dover Castle and the underground war rooms. In Canterbury itself we saw the Cathedral and St. Augustine's Abbey. Again it was very warm out so we spent quite a bit of time walking around the ruins of the Abbey but that might not be as interesting if it is cold and rainy. Did the Canterbury Tales attraction too. We had kids so didn't mind it but I wouldn't do it again.