ABode Canterbury, which opened in July 2006, is located in the medieval heart of the historic city in a building that dates back to the 16th century, sited on the ancient Roman forum of Durovernum. While the unique character of the historic landmark has been preserved, ABode Canterbury has been thoroughly modernised in every way. There are 73 bedrooms, redesigned and refurbished to exciting ABode standard.
The Michael Caines Restaurant, with its ultra-modern as well as wholly practical wine room dividing the stylish dining room, the Michael Caines Champagne and Cocktail Bar, and the Old Brewery Tavern (a strikingly modern interpretation of the traditional British pub) provide an unrivalled range of food and beverage options.
Canterbury has been attracting and welcoming visitors for more than a thousand years. Today it is England's most famous Cathedral city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site centred on Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey, and St. Martin's Church. The Norman Cathedral still dominates today, as it did in medieval days when pilgrim's flocked here to visit the shrine of Archbishop Thomas à Beckett, murdered on the alter steps of the Cathedral by a crushing sword blow in 1170. After the Archbishop's canonization, Canterbury became a holy shrine that attracted pilgrims for centuries, and inspired Geoffrey Chaucer to write The Canterbury Tales. Canterbury is still a major destination, with more than 2.5 million visitors flocking to the city from all over the world. A small and compact city centre closed to traffic during the day, it combines old world charm and the medieval atmosphere of its narrow lanes with a young and cosmopolitan vitality that reflects its position at the heart of Europe.