Free attractions in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay


Larkey Valley Wood

Cockering Road, Canterbury, CT1 3UP, Email

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

Canterbury Glass Art

56 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DY, Tel: 01227 478418, Email,

Hand made unique glass figurines; animals and jewelley all made at the small workshop on the premises.

Victory Wood, view towards main ridge
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Yorkletts, Whitstable, Kent, CT2 9JX, Email

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.

Whitstable Oyster Yawl

Island Wall, Whitstable, CT5 1EP,

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.

Greyfriars Chapel

Adjacent to 6 Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR, Tel: 01227 471688, Email,

The only remaining building of the first English Franciscan Friary.

Westgate Gardens

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

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.

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury
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18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA, Tel: 01227 862162, Email,

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.

Grove Ferry Picnic Site

Riverscroft, Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, Tel: 0300 333 5146, Email,

Grove Ferry Picnic Site is next to the River Stour and a good base for following the Stour Valley Walk, the Saxon Shore Way or the Wantsum Walks, and is adjacent to Stodmarsh National Reserve.

Reculver Towers and Roman Fort
Green Tourism Silver AwardGreen Flag Award

Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS, Tel: 01227 740676, Email

The twin towers of St Mary's Church are a distinctive feature of the north Kent coast. They are visible for miles around, guiding visitors as they have guided sailors for centuries. But there is much more to Reculver than the towers...

Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island

Off Whitehall Road, Canterbury, CT2 8NL, Email

This area 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.

Curtis Wood
Green Flag Award

Canterbury Road, Herne Bay, CT6 7TZ, 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.

Kent Museum of Freemasonry, interior
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St. Peters Place, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DA, Tel: 01227 785625, Email,

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.

Herne Bay Coastal Park

Herne Bay, CT6 8DR,

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.

St Mildred's Church, Canterbury

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

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

Dane John Gardens, fountain

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

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

St Martin's Church, exterior

North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PW, Tel: 01227 768072,

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.

St Dunstan's Church, exterior

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

The church is 1000 years old and was the first to be dedicated to St Dunstan.

Herne Bay Memorial Park areial view

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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