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Beach Creative Community Arts Centre, Herne Bay
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Beach House, Beach Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5PT, Tel: 0300 111 1913, Email, www.beachcreative.org/

Beach Creative's three galleries open 6 days a week with regularly changing exhibitions by regionally and nationally recognised artists. We host art groups, workshops and classes, provide affordable studio space and a great place to meet.

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  • Rail station: Herne Bay (0.5 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Kent Museum of Freemasonry, interior
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St. Peters Place, Canterbury, Kent, 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)
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Sidney Cooper Gallery, exterior

22 St Peter's Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ, Tel: 01227 453267, Email, www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper

The Sidney Cooper Gallery is a contemporary arts space located on the main street in Canterbury within walking distance of the city's train stations and bus station.

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  • Rail station: Canterbury West (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

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)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
St Martin's Church, exterior

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
 
 
 
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Off Whitehall Road, Canterbury, CT2 8NL, Email

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 West (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

Cockering Road, Canterbury, CT4 7PQ, Email

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

 
 
 
Whitstable Oyster Yawl

Island Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1EP, www.favourite.org.uk

This 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)
  • 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, Email

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
 
 
 
St Dunstan's Church, exterior

80 London Road, Canterbury, CT2 8LS, Tel: 01227 786109, Email, www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/support-for-voluntary-and-community-organisations/parishes/

The 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)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury
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18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA, Tel: 01227 862162, Email, www.thebeaney.co.uk

This fabulous new visitor attraction 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)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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
  • Free entry
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffith, Natural England

Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, Tel: 0300 0600 4763, 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, 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.

 
 
 
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