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Culture for Children 2

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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 pedestrainised streets it is a safe place to visit with your children. Musuems are certainly not boring with each one offering something to suit all the family's needs. To get an idea about what to visit why not buy a Canterbury Attractions Passport for each member of the family and receive a discount and entry into some of the many fascinating things to see and do within the city.

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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 oftern missed by visitors, but that would be a real shame as the site includes a fascinating museum and free audio tour.
St Augustine's Abbey

St Augustine's Abbey

This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine.
 
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
 
St Martin's Church, exterior

St Martin's Church

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.
 

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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
Westgate Gardens

Westgate Gardens

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.
 

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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.
Canterbury Heritage Museum, logo

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.
 
 

Details of Westgate GardensWestgate Gardens

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, while the less energetic can sit back, unwind and absorb the tranquil beauty of the garden and its wildlife.

The meandering river provides the perfect environment for swans, ducks and moorhens to settle and raise their young. In the summer, the garden provides an ideal setting for open air events, exhibitions or as a picnic area.

View key to symbolskeyDisabled access Picnic site Public toilets Accepts groups Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Contact

Canterbury Visitor Centre
Tel: 01227 862162

View the Westgate Gardens websitewww.canterbury.gov.uk/leisure-countryside/things-to-do-in-the-district/parks-and-gardens/westgate-parks/
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Venue

Westgate Gardens

Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB

CT1 2DBwww.canterbury.gov.uk/leisure-countryside/things-to-do-in-the-district/parks-and-gardens/westgate-parks/

See location of Westgate Gardens on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 144579
     Lat: 51.28069  Long: 1.07413
10 minutes walk from the main bus station. 5 minutes walk from Canterbury West

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury West station

Play area for children called Toddler's Cove.

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