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The city itself is compact and filled to the brim with child friendly attractions, shops and places to eat, ensuring that you will never run out of things to keep your children captivated and entertained. Canterbury is best explored on foot and due to its pedestrianised streets it is a safe place to visit with your children.
Situated just outside the city walls lies St Augustine's Abbey, part of the World Heritage Site along with Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin's Church. This must see is often missed by visitors, but that would be a real shame as the site includes a fascinating museum and free audio tour.
This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine.
Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother church of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
St Martin's Church is the oldest in England still in use as a parish church and is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. This church was the first base of St Augustine when he came to Canterbury in 597.
Adjacent to The West Gate Towers is the West Gate Gardens, which is a perfect spot to have a picnic lunch and relax by the River Stour. I
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.
After a short break head back along the high street and into the heart of Canterbury nestled amongst the hustle and bustle to the Canterbury Heritage Museum which not only hosts the Rupert Bear Museum but is home to many characters from Oliver Postgate's stories such as The Clangers and Bagpuss with lots of hands on areas and exciting activities for all the family throughout the year.
Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building at the Canterbury Heritage Museum.