Canterbury tops the charts when it comes to English cathedral cities and is one of southern England’s top attractions. The World Heritage Site – listed cathedral that dominates its center is considered one of Europe’s finest, and the town’s narrow streets and alleys, gardens, and ancient city walls are a joy to explore. For history buffs there is the Museum Passport which offers free admission, and the vast Museum of Canterbury is housed in a fine 14th century building with a range of exhibits from pre-Roman times to locally born celebrities. The Roman Museum actually lets you handle the artifacts and walk around reconstructed rooms, including a kitchen and market place. The city’s only remaining medieval gateway is home to West Gate Towers, a museum of arms and armor that offers spectacular rooftop views. For fans of Chaucer, you can enjoy a three dimensional interpretation through the animatronics and audio guides of the Canterbury Tales. Every October, Canterbury hosts the Canterbury Festival which draws theater groups, artists, comedians, and musicians from all over the world for two weeks.