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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(4 miles, 6 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.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/hambrook-marshes/(4 miles, 6 km)
Hambrook Marshes is set in the floodplain of the Great Stour in Wincheap, Canterbury. Offering opportunities for walking, cycling and birdwatching, the marshes are a place for the whole community.
Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/south-blean(4 miles, 7 km)
Decidious woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.
Church Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2PP, Tel: 01227 786109(4 miles, 6 km)
St Mildred's Church is situated near Canterbury Norman Castle and is the only standing pre-Norman conquest church inside the city walls.
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.
Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB, explorekent.org/activities/westgate-gardens/(4 miles, 7 km)
The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the West Gate Tower. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/(4 miles, 6 km)
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island dates back to the Doomsday period. Today it is one of a few areas of riverside grassland that has not been treated with weedkillers or fertilisers, which means that a wide variety of species can thrive.
25 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BD, Tel: 01227 471688, www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk(4 miles, 7 km)
Eastbridge Hospital was founded following the murder of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral as accommodation for poor Pilgrims visiting his tomb.