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The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury
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18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA, Tel: 01227 862162, Email, canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney/

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.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Canterbury Norman Castle

Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2PR, Tel: 01227 862162, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Barnsole Vineyard, Canterbury
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Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury, CT3 1LG, Tel: 07772 300 511, Email, www.barnsole.co.uk

A family run vineyard with its own winery. Visitors are most welcome and may have a free mini-tour to see how our vines are grown and wine produced. Tastings are free and our wines are available for direct sale.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury (11 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Canterbury Glass Art

56 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DY, Tel: 01227 478418, Email, www.minsterglassstudio.com/

Canterbury Glass Art on Palace Street, it's free to visit the workshop where rods of glass are used to create works of art right before your eyes!

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Kent Museum of Freemasonry, Canterbury
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St. Peters Place, Canterbury, CT1 2DA, Tel: 01227 785625, Email, kentmuseumoffreemasonry.org.uk/

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.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Canterbury

Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, explorekent.org/activities/grove-ferry-picnic-site

Grove Ferry Picnic Site is an ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.

 
 
 
Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffith, Natural England

Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, www.gov.uk/government/publications/kents-national-nature-reserves/kents-national-nature-reserves#stodmarsh

Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is a unique and beautiful area of wetland, internationally recognised as an important home to a rich variety of wildlife, especially birds. Image Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffiths, Natural England

 
 
 
Herne Bay Coastal Park

Herne Bay, CT6 8DR, hernebaycoastalpark.org/

Full of fun activities for everyone, Herne Bay’s Coastal Park features historical buildings, children’s play areas, a rich and diverse natural habitat for plants and wildlife.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Reculver Country Park and Towers
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Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS, Tel: 01227 740676, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/reculver-visitor-centre-and-country-park

Reculver Country Park and Towers is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest.

 
 
 
Herne Bay Memorial Park
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Kings Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5RB, explorekent.org/activities/herne-bay-memorial-park/

Herne Bay Memorial Park was originally conceived as a memorial to those that lost their lives in the First World War.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

Canterbury, CT4 7PQ, explorekent.org/activities/larkey-valley-wood-local-nature-reserve/

This beautiful ancient 45-hectare woodland has spectacular displays of wildflower including many species of orchid.

 
 
 
Dane John Gardens, Canterbury
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Watling Street, Canterbury, CT1 2QX, Tel: 01227 862162, explorekent.org/activities/dane-john-gardens/

The city walls and an avenue of lime trees provide Dane John Gardens with a sense of enclosure and escape from the busy road and bustling shopping centre just a few yards away.

 
 
 
St Dunstan's Church, Canterbury

80 London Road, Canterbury, CT2 8LS, Tel: 01227 786109

St Dunstan's Church is 1000 years old and was the first to be dedicated to St Dunstan.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve

Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/

The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.

 
 
 
Curtis Wood Park, Herne Bay
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Herne Bay, CT6 7TY, explorekent.org/activities/curtis-wood-park/

Curtis Wood Park is an informal area of protected open space situated on the outskirts of Herne. The site provides local residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of semi-natural habitats in a relaxed and pleasant setting.

 
 
 
Victory Woods
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Yorkletts, Whitstable, CT2 9JX, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5571/victory-wood/

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.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (3.5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
St Martin's Church, Canterbury
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North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PW, Tel: 01227 768072, www.martinpaul.org

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.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
St Mildred's Church, Canterbury

Church Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2PP, Tel: 01227 786109

St Mildred's Church is situated near Canterbury Norman Castle and is the only standing pre-Norman conquest church inside the city walls.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
 
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