At the heart of the district the city of Canterbury boasts a wealth of visitor attractions. The Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church form the World Heritage Site, but there are also many other excellent attractions in the city too, including river tours, museums and walking tours to name just a few.
Herne Bay offers romantics and traditionalists in search of British seaside magic exactly what they are looking for. Brightly coloured beach huts line part of the water’s edge and beyond. In the summer months jet skiing and other water sports are enjoyed here, as well as the Herne Bay Festival.
Whitstable has a wide range of attractions to suit everyone. Water sports, history, shopping, walking or just relaxing on the beach are some of the things you can enjoy. Charming cafes, pubs, great restaurants and independent, quaint shops all serve to provide an unspoilt charm.
Travel for 15 minutes in any direction from Canterbury’s city centre and you’ll find yourself in the heart of East Kent’s countryside, complete with its historic villages, secret places, wild open spaces and seascapes. There’s too much to see and do in just one day – what better way then than to make a break of it – visiting the countryside, coast and city that make up the whole of Canterbury.
Much of the countryside around Canterbury is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On the eastern side of Herne Bay you will discover Reculver Towers, the site of a Roman Fort built to guard the Wantsum Channel that once divided Thanet from the rest of Kent. The contrast of the nearby rugged countryside and open seascape makes for a bracing walk along the sea defence wall that’s certain to blow the cobwebs away.
Just a few miles from Canterbury is Wildwood Wild Animal Park; a year round experience with over 50 species of British wildlife to see. Also nearby is Druidstone Park, set in attractive gardens and woodland and providing hands-on experience with farmyard animals.