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Barnsole Vineyard, Canterbury
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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)
 
 
 
St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury
English Heritage

Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PF, Tel: 01227 767345, Email, www.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey

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

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, ME13 9TX, Tel: 01227 751496, Email, www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk

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.

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  • Rail station: Faversham (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Tankerton Slopes © Tim Stubbings

Marine Parade, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ, explorekent.org/activities/tankerton-slopes

Tankerton Slopes, just outside Whitstable, is an area of common land between the town and the seashore. It has brightly coloured beach huts and steep paths that lead down to the beach.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Victory Woods
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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
 
 
 
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Off Whitehall Road, Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/

Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island dates back to the Doomsday period. Today it is one of a few areas of riverside grassland that has not been treated with weedkillers or fertilisers, which means that a wide variety of species can thrive.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
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

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  • Rail station: Sturry (3 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Curtis Wood Park, Herne Bay
Green Flag Award

Canterbury Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7TY

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.

 
 
 
Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury

Whitehall Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8NL

Set in the floodplan of the Great Stour just outside Canterbury, Hambrook Marshes is in an area of natural marshland located adjacent to the Riverside Retail Park in Wincheap.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (2 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Herne Bay Memorial Park

Kings Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5DD

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 (0.5 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

Cockering Road, Canterbury, CT4 7PQ

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

 
 
 
Duncan Down Village Green
Green Flag Award

Whitstable, CT5 4FJ

Duncan Down Village Green 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.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (3 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Dane John Gardens, Canterbury

Watling Street, Canterbury, CT1 2TN, Tel: 01227 862162

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.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Reculver Country Park and Towers
Green Tourism Silver AwardGreen Flag Award

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.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (5 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB, Tel: 01227 862162

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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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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.

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  • Rail station: Sturry (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
 
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