Canterbury Tales

30.08. – 6.09.2010

Chalk cliffs, rolling green hills, vineyards and a world-famous cathedral: Kent is the focus of our 2010 excursion. Although geographically England comes closest to the Continent here, Kent can be called the heart of English history.

Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. With one million visitors per year, it is one of the most visited places in Britain.

After the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket at the cathedral in 1170, Canterbury became one of the most notable towns in Europe, as pilgrims from all parts of Christendom came to visit his shrine. This pilgrimage provided the framework for Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century collection of stories, The Canterbury Tales. The medieval St Margaret's Church now houses "The Canterbury Tales", in which life-sized character models reconstruct Geoffrey Chaucer's stories.

We’ll be staying in single rooms in student residences at the University of Kent in Canterbury home to the renowned Pilgrims English Language Courses.

A day trip to London (ca. 80 km away) and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is planned, as well as possible outings to the ancient and new port of Dover with Henry II’s castle, to Chatham (Dickens World and Historic Dockyard), and Hastings, site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings and the start of the Norman Conquest. We also plan to walk part of the beautiful Pilgrims’ Way.

© 2010 Kai Hilpisch & Johannes Bade - impressum