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Canterbury and its Cathedral have seen many important historic events. Medieval walls still enclose parts of the city and the remains of the Canterbury Castle can be seen. Westgate Gardens are an attractive park beside the River Great Stour. There are good views of the city from the Mound in Dane John Gardens. Don't miss the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, they are older than the Cathedral and provide a peaceful break from the bustle of the city centre. River trips are available along the River Stour. The city centre and most attractions are ½ mile from both stations.

The distance between East and West stations is just under 1 mile. The Bus Station is ¼ mile from Canterbury East and ¾ mile from Canterbury West station.

TI The Beaney, 18 High Street. Tel. 01227 862162.

www.canterbury.co.uk

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Canterbury Cathedral ½ mile

Canterbury Cathedral has attracted visitors since the days of medieval pilgrimages and the murder of Thomas Becket in the Cathedral in 1170. It has some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass windows in England. Tel. 01227 762862.
Open M-S 0900-1700, Sun 1230-1430. Closures or restrictions apply during services and for special events.
www.canterbury-cathedral.org

The Canterbury Tales ½ mile

A reconstruction of 14th century England following the journey of Geoffrey Chaucer's medieval pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury. Tel. 01227 479227.
Open Daily 1000-1700, closes 1630 Nov-Feb.
www.canterburytales.org.uk

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge ½ mile

An Art Museum with a varied programme of events. Café. Tel. 01227 378100. Admission free (except special exhibitions and events).
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.
www.canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney

Eastbridge Hospital ½ mile

Now an Almshouse, the ancient buildings have welcomed visitors since pilgrims came to Canterbury in 1190. The Franciscan Gardens are beside the River Great Stour and contain the Greyfriars Chapel. Tel. 01227 471688.
Open Apr-Sep, M-S 1030-1700 (Gardens 1030-1600, Chapel 1400-1600).
www.eastbridgehospital.org.uk

Canterbury Roman Museum ½ mile

The Roman Museum is underground, at the level of the Roman town. Preserved remains of a Roman town house with mosaics, authentic reconstruction of a Roman market place. Excavated objects. Tel. 01227 785575.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
www.canterburymuseums.co.uk

Westgate Towers Museum ¼ mile (¾ mile from East station)

A collection of exhibits from the Westgate's history as a city gaol. Battlements viewpoint. Enter via The Pound Bar & Kitchen, then up the stairs and over the glass bridge. Tel. 01227 458629.
Open Daily 1100-1600 but occasionally closed for events.
www.onepoundlane.co.uk

Kent Museum of Freemasonry ¼ mile (¾ mile from East station)

A rare collection of Masonic items including regalia and books covering all Masonic orders through the ages. Tel. 01227 785625. Admission free.
Open Daily 1000-1600 but subject to change.
www.kentmuseumoffreemasonry.org.uk

St Augustine's Abbey EH ¾ mile (1 mile from West station)

The ruins of the Abbey founded in AD 598 by St Augustine. One of the most important sites in English history, it proclaimed the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Museum and audio tour. Tel. 01227 767345.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct). Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Canterbury Castle ¼ mile (¾ mile from West station)

The ruins of this Norman castle can be viewed from the outside.
Open viewing from outside only.

Druidstone Park by bus

Enchanted Woodland trail, Artpark with sculptures, farmyard and adventure play areas. Tel. 01227 765168.
Open FSSu (Daily in school holidays) 1000-1730.
www.druidstone.net
Bus 'Triangle' and 4 from Bus Station and near West station to opposite entrance (shortly after Blean, Royal Oak), 15-20 minutes journey, daily, mostly every 15 minutes. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Whitstable.

Wingham Wildlife Park by bus

An extensive animal collection including big cats, reptiles, penguins and various primates. Pet village. Tearoom and picnic areas. Tel. 01227 722053.
Open Daily 1000-1800, closes dusk if earlier.
www.winghamwildlifepark.co.uk
Bus 43 from Bus Station to entrance (watch for sign shortly after Wingham), 20 minutes journey. M-S every 20 minutes, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.

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