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Culture for Children 2

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.

Morning

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.
St Augustine's Abbey
Canterbury Cathedral
St Martin's Church
 

Lunch

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
 

Afternoon

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 Roman Museum where you will be whisked back in time and discover the buried Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum, which flourished for almost 400 years where Canterbury stands today. See the remains of a Roman house with its mosaic floor as well as other archaeological finds and authentic reconstructions. Allow approximately 60 minutes.

Canterbury Roman Museum

 

Morning: St Augustine's Abbey

Address

Longport
Canterbury
CT1 1PF

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 767345
This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin's Church.

The impressive St Augustine's Abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At St Augustine's Abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and interactive audio tour.

The museum contains artefacts and stone carvings found at the Abbey during excavations. There are a wide range of objects covering many centuries, including a skeleton and the costumes worn by actors playing King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha of Kent in a celebration of St Augustine's arrival in Kent. There is a short video which gives brief details of the different phases of building on the site accompanied by reconstructions.

Audio tour is included in the admission price. It describes the history of the site from St Augustine's arrival in Kent and the founding of the monastery, to the Dissolution under Henry VIII, the abbey's decline and then its revival in the 19th century.

Pre-booked tours can be accommodated, during opening hours. For times and details please contact the Abbey.

Disabled access (all site can be viewed, but some steps). A public pay car park is nearby. For further information visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey

Directions

St Augustine's Abbey is a short walk over the road from Canterbury city centre. There is no parking on site. The nearest car park (charged) is just opposite on the Longport road. Not managed by English Heritage.

Prices and opening

Adults £6.20
Child (5-15yrs) £3.70
Concession (Student and 60+) £5.60
Family ticket ( 2 adults and 3 children 5-15yrs) £16.10
English Heritage Members FREE

15% discount for groups of 11 or more visitors paying together. Free entry for coach driver and tour leader.

Prices are valid from 1st April, if you are visiting before this date you may find prices are less than those advertised.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
Wed 1 Nov 2017 - Thu 29 Mar 2018Sat - Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Notes24th December 2017 - Closed
25th December 2017 - Closed
26th December 2017 - Closed
 

Morning: Canterbury Cathedral

Address

The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 762862
Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage. To all visitors we extend a warm welcome and hope that they too will enjoy sharing with us the beauty of one of the great holy places of Christendom.

Canterbury Cathedral, together with St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church make up Canterbury's World Heritage Site.

Canterbury Cathedral and its history:

St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, Canterbury Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury Cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th Century Perpendicular Nave. Beautiful medieval stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.

Visitor facilities range from guided tours and audio tours to private evening tours and 'behind the scenes' tours to the Stained Glass Studio, Archives and/or Library. For further information visit: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/

Directions

Canterbury Cathedral is located in the centre of Canterbury, within walking distance of both Canterbury East and West stations. Canterbury is only 30 minutes drive from Dover (continental ferries) and Folkestone (Eurotunnel), making it an ideal stop-over en route to London. Fast speed trains bring passengers from Canterbury to London within 56 minutes.

Prices and opening

There is a charge to enter the precincts and the Cathedral unless you are attending a Service. This charge contributes towards the upkeep of the Cathedral and its activities.

Adults £12.00
Concessions (65+) £10.50
Children (under 18) £8.00
Pre-booked groups (Adults) £10.50
Family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children) £32.00
Family ticket (1 adult, 2 children) £22.50

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesWeekdays and Saturdays:
Summer 09:00 - 17:30*
Winter 09:00 - 17:00*
The Crypt 10:00 - 17:30/17.00*

Sundays:
Throughout the year including The Crypt 12.30 - 14:30*

*Last entry half an hour before closing time.

Canterbury Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events. Some or all of it may, therefore, at times be closed for general visiting. Please contact the Cathedral Visits Office before visiting to check up-to-date opening times and possible closures.

Please note the Quire closes in preparation for Evensong on Monday-Friday at 16.30 hrs and on Saturday and Sunday at 14.30 hrs.

For up to date information on Canterbury Cathedral closures please visit the website or view the pdf.
 

Morning: St Martin's Church

Address

North Holmes Road
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1PW

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 768072
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.

England's oldest Parish Church is still regularly used for Christian worship as it has been for over 1,400 years. It was here that St Augustine worshipped in 597AD with his 40 companions until King Ethelbert granted him the land for the abbey and the cathedral which, with St Martin's, now form the Canterbury World Heritage Site.

St Martin's Church was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent in the 6th century before Augustine arrived from Rome.

Shortly before 1844, a hoard of gold coins which may date from the late 6th century was found in the churchyard, one of which is the Liudhard medalet, which bears an image of a diademed figure with a legend referring to Liudhard.

The churchyard contains the graves of many notable local families and well known people including Thomas Sidney Cooper, RA (artist) and Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear. For further information visit: http://www.martinpaul.org

Directions

On foot from Longport, take the main A257 past Christ Church University and take the first left. The Lychgate is straight in front of you on the corner of North Holmes Road.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesThe church is open for visiting at the following times:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: 11am to 3pm
Sundays 9.50am to (approximately) 10.20am.
The churchyard is always open.
Please check times before visiting. Groups may book to visit by prior arrangement at other times.
 

Lunch: Westgate Gardens

Address

Westgate Grove
Canterbury
CT1 2DB

Contact Details

The Westgate Gardens are an extensive network of formal and informal open spaces. There is much to see and enjoy:

Westgate Gardens - once the splendid home and gardens of a notable Canterbury family. The area can be traced back to the Roman occupation of 2,000 years ago, and beyond.

Toddlers Cove - once Canterbury's water park with swimming, paddling and boating pools and possibly the site of Roman occupation. It is now a starting - or finishing - point for the Great Stour Way, a three mile path for walkers and cyclists and now the site of a new large children's play area. Tannery Field, a riverside meadow and woodland besides Rheims Way.

The wild, wooded Bingley Island where there is evidence that Stone Age men and women once walked. Together these sites amount to 12 hectares of historic riverside parkland - enough space for about 15 football pitches. For further information visit: http://www.westgateparks.co.uk/

Directions

10 minutes walk from Canterbury Bus Station. 5 minutes walk from Canterbury West train station.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesPlease be aware that the gardens close at dusk. Check signs on site.
 

Afternoon: Canterbury Roman Museum

Address

Longmarket
Butchery Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2JR

Contact Details

Tel: 01227 785575
Descend 100 years with each step or by lift to the Roman street level at Canterbury Roman Museum. Stroll through the marketplace, look inside recreated Roman rooms, and discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure.

See how little has changed since Roman times when viewing rare tools, or how much could be made of simple items like bones. Be amazed by collections of intricate Roman glass flasks and bottles, jewellery and a silver spoon hoard.

Handle, sort and classify real Roman pottery fragments and other objects relating to Roman:
- everyday life
- building materials
- rubbish
- mosaics

Canterbury Roman Museum highlights include Roman:
- mosaic floors preserved where excavated
- hypocaust (underfloor heating system) preserved where excavated
- digital reconstruction of a Roman town house
- rare cavalry horse-harness fittings, one of only two sets in the world
- rare tools - Roman spade, carpenter's square and mason's trowel
- gateway hinge, part of Canterbury's Riding Gate on Watling Street to Dover
- building materials including roof tiles with Roman dog-paw prints
- painted plaster fragments with flowers, patterns and dancers' feet
- finds from Canterbury's Roman baths, including gaming counters, toiletry items and bath lining
- figurines of gods including horse goddess and Gaulish male
- metal vessels, ewers and dishes used in religious ceremonies
- pottery, imported fine Samian ware and locally-made pots

The impressive pillared entrance to Canterbury Roman Museum is in Butchery Lane and very close to Canterbury Cathedral. For further information visit: http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/romanmuseum/

Directions

The Canterbury Roman Museum is located off the High Street and very near the Cathedral.
5 minutes walk from the City Centre
10 minutes walk from Canterbury West
15 minutes walk from Canterbury East
10 minutes walk from the City's Park & Ride terminal and bus station.

Prices and opening

Adults - £8.00
Concessions (senior citizens/students) - £6.00
Children - free to a maximum of 2 per paying adult, £1.50 per child thereafter
Members - free
Admission free to MyTownMyCity users, except for some special events.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesMonday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.