St Augustine Tour
Sent by Pope Gregory to re-establish Christianity in England after the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, Augustine founded the Christian Church in southern England and was the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Supported by King Ethelbert of Kent and Queen Bertha, Augustine gradually introduced Christianity by consecrating pagan temples for Christian worship and converting festivals into martyrs' feast days. Follow Augustine's route, back then fraught with danger, along the south coast.
Tour highlights include:
- Picturesque Canterbury and the Cathedral Church of Christ, built on the site of St Augustine's first Cathedral.
- St Augustine's Abbey, which Augustine built as the burial place for the Kings and Archbishops of Kent and where his body was eventually interred.
- St Martin's Church, where he met Ethelbert.
- Ebbsfleet, to see the stone cross commemorating St Augustine's landing in 597AD.
- Reculver and the remains of the Saxon Church built by St Augustine and his converts.
- Pretty Chilham, where it was rumoured St Augustine was buried.
- The medieval churches of the Romney Marshes.
- Rochester Cathedral, on the site of an early Anglo-Saxon church.
Photographs: Main image: Canterbury Cathedral ©VisitBritain/Britain on View; Rochester Highstreet; Chilham Castle ©VisitBritain/Britain on View.