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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St Peter's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2AT, Tel: 01227 786109, www.stpeters-stmildreds.org.uk(5 miles, 8 km)
St Peter's Church has been a place of prayer and worship for over 900 years and its charm and peace are in marked contrast to the busy street.
Yorkletts, Whitstable, CT2 9JX, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5571/victory-wood/(0 miles, 0 km)
This is a place for a great walk set on the edge of the Blean Woodland area. See a wood with a difference! This is the Flagship Site, one of 33 woods plant around the UK, for the Trafalgar Woods Project to commemorate the 200th anniversary.
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.
Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB, Tel: 01227 862162(5 miles, 8 km)
The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the Westgate Towers. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.
Whitstable, CT5 4FJ(2 miles, 4 km)
Duncan Down 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.