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Dating back to the 1790's, Whitstable Castle and Gardens has been home to local merchants and dignitaries remaining a landmark attraction throughout its history. It is a 'must see' for everyone visiting the town of Whitstable.
5 Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DB, Tel: 01227 276998, www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/coastal-museums.aspx(3 miles, 4 km)
Dive into maritime history and explore the town at Whitstable Museum and Gallery. The fascinating displays give townspeople and visitors an idea of why Whitstable is here and how it has changed over the years.
Mount Ephraim Gardens have plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten acres of gardens, set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale Estuary.
Honey Hill, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9JR, Tel: 01227 765168, www.druidstone.net(2 miles, 3 km)
Set in attractive gardens and woodland, Druidstone Park caters for the imagination of all ages. Go on a walk through the enchanted woodland and enjoy hands on experiences with the farmyard animals.
Built in 1380 the Westgate Towers is England's oldest surviving Medieval Gateway. Explore its unique history and take in some of the most iconic views in the county of Kent from the battlements viewpoint!
Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2PR, Tel: 01227 862162, Email(5 miles, 8 km)
The ruins of the Canterbury Norman Castle keep and castle walls and one of the three original royal castles in Kent. There are interpretation panels, a tactile model of the castle (circa 1200AD) and elevated viewing areas.
Open to all and free to visit, one of the UK's finest collections of Masonic artefacts will take you on a surprising and informative interactive journey through the history of Freemasonry in Kent and beyond, dispelling myths along the way.
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge provides state of the art special and permanent exhibition galleries, a brand new library, excellent learning facilities and a varied programme of events for all ages.
Island Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1EP(3 miles, 4 km)
Whitstable Oyster Yawl, which is also known as a smack, was built in 1890 by the Whitstable Shipping company and worked until 1944. She can now be viewed between the seawall and Island Wall, about 200m east of the Neptune pub.
Adjacent to 6 Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR, Tel: 01227 471688, www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk(5 miles, 8 km)
Greyfriars Chapel is the only building now remaining of the first English Franciscan Friary built in 1267, forty three years after the first Friars settled in Canterbury, during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi.
Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/(3 miles, 5 km)
The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.
Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/(2 miles, 4 km)
Duncan Down Village Green is the largest open space in Whitstable. Originally earmarked for housing in the 1930s, the land is now protected as a Village Green, providing opportunities for local people to relax and enjoy wildlife.
Off Mill Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2BZ(5 miles, 8 km)
Located next to the River Stour, this very small walled garden is paved with natural stone and it provides a quiet space with seating. The planting is designed to attract bees and butterflies in the centre of the city.
25 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BD, Tel: 01227 471688, www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk(5 miles, 8 km)
Eastbridge Hospital was founded following the murder of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral as accommodation for poor Pilgrims visiting his tomb.
Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/bigbury-camp(4 miles, 6 km)
Bigbury camp is a pre-Roman Iron Age hillfort in Howfield Wood. There is some evidence that Bigbury is the site of a battle recorded by Julius Caesar during his first visit to England in 55BC.