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Attractions in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

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St Augustine's Abbey
English Heritage

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

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

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Westgate Gardens

Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB, Tel: 01227 862162, Email, www.canterbury.gov.uk/leisure-countryside/things-to-do-in-the-district/parks-and-gardens/westgate-parks/

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
 
 
 
Lilford Gallery, exterior

3 Palace Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DY, Tel: 01227 639086, Email, www.lilfordgallery.com

Established in 2000 Lilford Gallery is now one of the leading galleries in Kent. We exhibit contemporary fine art from established national and international artists as well as new and exciting talent.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
Canterbury Cathedral

The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH, Tel: 01227 762862, Email, www.canterbury-cathedral.org

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre, exterior

11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, CT5 1AF, Tel: 01227 281174, Email, www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located just yards from the beach in the centre of Whitstable town, on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity and offers stunning sea views.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Curtis Wood
Green Flag Award

Canterbury Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7TZ, Tel: 01227 862000, Email

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.

 
 
 
Druidstone Park, woods and bluebells

Honey Hill, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9JR, Tel: 01227 765168, www.druidstone.net

Set in attractive gardens and woodland, Druidstone caters for the imagination of all ages. Go on a walk through the enchanted woodland, enjoy hands on experience with the farmyard animals.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Canterbury Roman Museum, logo
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Longmarket, Butchery Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2JR, Tel: 01227 785575, Email, www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury's underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Herne Bay Memorial Park areial view

Kings Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5DD, Tel: 01227 862162, Email, www.canterbury.gov.uk/leisure-countryside/things-to-do-in-the-district/parks-and-gardens/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 (0.5 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Duncan Down Village Green, Whitstable
Green Flag Award

Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, Tel: 01227 862000, Email

Duncan Down 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
 
 
 
Canterbury Audio Tours, Visitors

The Welcome Centre, Canterbury Coach Park, Canterbury, CT1 1BW, Tel: 01227 637556, Email

The perfect way to explore some of the well known historic sites of Canterbury, plus some of the hidden gems - available in 8 languages. Enjoy an audio tour & travel at your own pace. 20 attractions and local city landmarks are featured.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (1 mile)
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Canterbury Heritage Museum, logo
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR, Tel: 01227 475202, Email, www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

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

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Howletts Wild Animal Park, tiger
VistEngland VAQASGreen Tourism Silver Award

Bekesbourne Road, Bekesbourne, Canterbury, CT4 5EL, Tel: +44 (0)844 842 4647, Email, www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts

Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury is a family day out where fun, education and conservation combine. Set over 90 acres of beautiful ancient parkland, Howletts is home to some of the world's most rare and endangered animals.

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  • Rail station: Bekesbourne (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Dane John Gardens, fountain

Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TN, Tel: 01227 862162, Email, www.canterbury.gov.uk/leisure-countryside/things-to-do-in-the-district/parks-and-gardens/dane-john-gardens/

Canterbury's most popular park has been transformed into attractive gardens with monuments and memorials, a central fountain, a tearoom and children's maze.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Off Whitehall Road, Canterbury, CT2 8NL, Tel: 01227 862000, Email

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

 
 
 
Evening River Tours, visitors on trip

Kings Bridge, St. Peters Street, Canterbury, CT1 2AT, Tel: 07790534744, Email, www.canterburyrivertours.co.uk

A wonderful way to capture the magic of the river is through our candlelit evening tours!
These tours are provided solely for our group markets, usually with a minimum number of ten participants (subject to a minimum charge).

 
 
 
St Mildred's Church, Canterbury

Church Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2PP, Tel: 01227 786109, Email, www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/support-for-voluntary-and-community-organisations/parishes/

Situated near Canterbury Castle and the only standing pre-Norman conquest church inside the city walls.

 
 
 
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