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This square is not as much of a must see as some other parts of the city, but the presence of the church and war memorial, combined with the general ambience make it a very pleasant place to walk to and through. The pub of...More
The Buttermarket is the small square right outside the Christ Church Gate into the Canterbury Cathedral. The Square is very small and is dominated by the war memorial in its center and the impressive Christ Church Gate. It is a popular meeting place and has...More
It must have been a crowded place in its day as it is today. It’s a small space where, one imagines, a bustling crowd went through their daily business and living, temporally separated from the Cathedral that’s briefly visible through Christchurch gate. ...There now stands...More
Whilst it is tempting, romantically, to think that the Buttermarket dates back to the early days of the Cathedral, it seems that the first market Hall was only built in 1664 and later became known under its present name. However, with the Christchurch Gate on...More
Bloodthirsty history aside, this area located outside the Cathedral precinct, is now a trendy 'square', surrounded on all sides by various stunning structures, eateries, bars and retail outlets. Worth a visit.
We started our walking tour of Canterbury at the Buttermarket, with the impressive Christ Church Gate leading to the cathedral on one side, many historical buildings forming the edge of Buttermarket and old lanes leading off.
We visited on a very hot day in July, and with it's great location was very busy. We managed to get a lovely shady table outaide only to be joined by two strangers, older German men who decided as there was nowhere to sit they...More