For all its fame and antiquity, Canterbury is an unexpectedly small place, one that can easily be explored on foot and in a long weekend. Above all the city is known as a religious centre, home of the Anglican church, seat of its archbishop, and a centre of pilgrimage for centuries. The great Cathedral, medieval churches and abbeys, and fine ancient architecture are indeed the most obvious attractions. But thanks to no fewer than three universities, Canterbury is also a lively place with no shortage of nightlife, good food or good drink. Places to stay are geared more towards the upmarket guesthouse end of the scale. Though the city centre is refreshingly free, for the most part, of the homogenised chain hotels, there are still plenty of affordable B&B options and one or two boutique hotels and self-catering options. And being a student hotspot means Canterbury's several hostels, family-run B&Bs and even campsites provide more than adequate accommodation for visiting friends and family.