In & Around Canterbury

13.12.2016 - General Holiday Parks Touring Parks

The historic city of Canterbury, located in the South East of England, is rich in history, heritage, culture and diversity, with many places of interest to offer. With beautiful countryside surrounding the city, it is only a short drive away from the North Kent coastline, surrounded by seaside towns such as Herne Bay, Whitstable and Thanet towns.

The Area

A mixture of Roman and Medieval ancient walls, first built by the Romans with only very little of the original build remaining, surround the entire city of Canterbury. Within the city walls, you will find a mix of old and contemporary at either end of the city – with cobbled streets, striking historic buildings, and of course the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, combined with the modern Whitefriars Shopping Centre located South West of the city centre, buzzing with the latest shops, cafes and restaurants. Similar to the city itself, there are a range of different interests here. Whitefriars is the main retail hub offering contemporary shopping with over 70 leading retailers within an open setting. Every Wednesday and Friday there is a general market down the main high street, that runs from 8am until 5pm, with fruit, vegetables, flowers and clothes stands. As you continue along the high street there are various alternative and independent shops.

The Dane John Gardens is located next to Whitefriars Shopping Centre, and bordered by the city walls. The historic garden has a monument, central fountain and tearoom, and the garden is beautifully kept with seasonal flowers always changing the setting.

As you continue to walk through the main high street, the heritage of Canterbury is more visible. The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, a magnificent Grade II listed building, is the central museum, library and gallery.

You will then come to the Canterbury Historic River Tours, an insight into the historic past of Canterbury whilst floating peacefully along The River Stour. A 40-minute round trip, guided by one of the very knowledgeable boatman with information about buildings you pass and history surrounding this beautiful city. Here you will also see The Westgate Gardens and Towers, at the West end of the city walls – formal and informal gardens alongside the River Stour with historic buildings and impressive scenery.

If you fancy an evening of entertainment, visit The Marlowe Theatre to grab a show, with music, theatre and comedy on offer, as well as a tasty seasonal menu in The Green Room restaurant.

If you wanted to get away from the buzz of the city, and on the doorstep of our Canterbury Park is Blean Woods National Nature Reserve, an ancient woodland surrounding the pretty villages of Blean.

If you are a golf fan, or prefer an outdoor activity, take a trip to the Canterbury Golf Club & Driving Range, just 20 minutes’ drive from the Canterbury Site.

Places to Eat & Drink

There are plenty of places to eat in town, with a great mix of good pubs, top class eateries and international cuisines.

The Parrot – The oldest pub in Canterbury with a traditionally, modern British menu.

The Dolphin – Traditional pub serving good pub food and good beer.

Café Mauresque – Serving Moroccan food and other Spanish tapas dishes.

Kathton House – Fine dining in an intimate setting with a modern, British menu.

Café des Amis – A fresh mix of Mediterranean and Mexican food.

Tyler’s Kiln – Traditional home cooked food in a welcoming village pub located in Tyler’s Hill, just 7 minutes’ drive from our Canterbury site and  10 minutes’ drive from town.

Cote – Parisian inspired brasserie serving authentic French classics.

Deeson’s – Serving a modern British menu with fresh local produce.

Café du Soleil – Located right beside the River Stour, serving modern, Mediterranean cuisine.

County Restaurant and Champagne Bar – Serving a modern, European cuisine and situated in the beautiful Abode Hotel located right on the high street. There is also a pre-theatre menu choice here.

In addition to this selection, there are also restaurants such as Prezzo, Zizzi, Nandos, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Wagamama’s to name a few.

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