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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
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Goodnestone Park Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Goodnestone, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PL, Tel: 01304 840107, Email, www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk/

Considered to be one of the best gardens in the South East. 14 acres including woodland area and walled garden. Fine trees, large collection of roses and herbaceous plants. Connections with Jane Austen who frequently visited.

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  • Rail station: Adisham (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Male Western Lowland Gorilla at Howletts
VistEngland VAQASGreen Tourism Silver AwardTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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

Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park can witness world-leading conservation in action this year – all day, every day.

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  • Rail station: Bekesbourne (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Herne Bay Clock Tower © Tim Stubbings

Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5LU, Tel: 01227 363829, Email

In the spring and summer months Herne Bay's seafront beauty is enhanced by gardens, which bring floral colour for visitors who pass the Herne Bay Clock Tower.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Westgate Parks, Canterbury
Green Flag Award

Canterbury, CT1 2FP, www.westgateparks.co.uk/

Come and explore a riverside landscape rich in wildlife and heritage!

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  • Rail station: Canterbury East/West (2 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Druidstone Park, Canterbury
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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

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

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Herne Bay Pier, Helter Skelter
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Pier Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 8PD

Herne Bay Pier was originally the second longest pier in the country, extending 1147m into the sea to receive visiting passenger steamers. Today the pier is now open to visitors as a leisure and events space.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay Station (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury
TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceEnglish 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)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Mount Ephraim House, 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
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Duncan Down Village Green
Green Flag Award

Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/

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.

 
 
 
Tankerton Beach, Whitstable
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Tankerton, Whitstable, CT5 2BD, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

As you walk along the Whitstable front you will come to grassy banks that gently slope down to the beach, characterised by pretty wooden beach huts and an established sailing club. Blue Flag Award 2017.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 

Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/south-blean

Decidious woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.

 
 
Dane John Gardens © Tim Stubbings
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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.

 
 
 
Grove Ferry Picnic Site © Explore Kent

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.

 
 
 

Herne Bay, CT5 2NH, explorekent.org/activities/long-rock/

Long Rock is an area of coastal open ground between Herne Bay and Whitstable. Windswept, and with big empty skies, it is a good place for a walk to blow away the cobwebs.

 
 
 
Sailing at Whitstable Beach

Whitstable, CT5 1BU, Tel: 01227 862162, www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

Whitstable beach is one of the very few in the country that has a pub on it. With its pebbles and groynes, this unspoilt shoreline will make you reminisce. Choose to swim, stroll or sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets on this popular beach.

 
 
 
Whitstable Oyster Yawl 'The Favourite'

Island Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1EP

Whitstable Oyster Yawl, which is also known as a smack, was built in 1890 by the Whitstable Shipping company and worked until 1944. She can now be viewed between the seawall and Island Wall, about 200m east of the Neptune pub.

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  • Rail station: Whitstable (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
 
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