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The city itself is compact and filled to the brim with child friendly attractions, shops and places to eat, ensuring that you will never run out of things to keep your children captivated and entertained. Canterbury is best explored on foot and due to its pedestrainised streets it is a safe place to visit with your children. Musuems are certainly not boring with each one offering something to suit all the family's needs. To get an idea about what to visit why not buy a Canterbury Attractions Passport for each member of the family and receive a discount and entry into some of the many fascinating things to see and do within the city.

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Situated just outside the city walls lies St Augustine's Abbey, part of the World Heritage Site along with Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin's Church. This must see is oftern missed by visitors, but that would be a real shame as the site includes a fascinating museum and free audio tour.
St Augustine's Abbey

St Augustine's Abbey

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

Canterbury Cathedral

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.
 
St Martin's Church, exterior

St Martin's Church

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.
 

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Adjacent to The West Gate Towers is the West Gate Gardens, which is a perfect spot to have a picnic lunch and relax by the River Stour. I
Westgate Gardens

Westgate Gardens

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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After a short break head back along the high street and into the heart of Canterbury nestled amongst the hustle and bustle to the Canterbury Heritage Museum which not only hosts the Rupert Bear Museum but is home to many characters from Oliver Postgate's stories such as The Clangers and Bagpuss with lots of hands on areas and exciting activities for all the family throughout the year.
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Canterbury Heritage Museum

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

Details of St Augustine's AbbeySt Augustine's Abbey

Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the Cathedral and St Martin's Church.

The impressive Abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the Abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and interactive audio tour.

Pre booked tours can be accommodated, during opening hours. For times and details please contact the Abbey.

For educational visits please telephone 01483 252 013

For coach parking facilities please contact the Visitor Operations Site Supervisor on 01227 767 345. There is no parking on site, but there is a pay & display car park directly opposite the site entrance.

Disabled access (all site can be viewed, but some steps). A public pay car park is nearby.

View key to symbolskeyDisabled access Disabled toilets English Heritage Property Gift shop Accepts groups Public toilets On-site light refreshments Children welcomeDogs acceptedGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

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St Augustine's Abbey
Tel: 01227 767345
View the St Augustine's Abbey websitewww.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey
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Venue

St Augustine's Abbey

Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PF

CT1 1PFwww.english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey

See location of St Augustine's Abbey on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 154576
     Lat: 51.27758  Long: 1.08779
In Canterbury, a quarter of a mile East of Cathedral Close.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Canterbury East station

Audio tours in English, French and Japanese. Hot drinks machine. Parking nearby.

English Heritage
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