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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, an architectural wonder, stands as one of England's most revered historical sites. Established in 597 AD, the cathedral has been a focal point of Christian worship for over 1,400 years. It gained additional fame as the site of Archbishop Thomas Becket's murder in 1170, an event that transformed the cathedral into a pilgrimage site, immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." Today, the cathedral is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting visitors worldwide to its stunning Gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and the historical depth of its cloisters and chapels. Open to the public seven days a week.


City of Canterbury

The city is a living museum encased within ancient Roman walls, packed full of history, culture, and architecture. It boasts a blend of cobbled streets, mediaeval buildings, and the spectacular Cathedral at its heart. Visitors can explore the city's historical lanes and delve into the stories of pilgrims who have traversed its paths for centuries. The city is also great for those who enjoy shopping and dining out. The blend of ancient charm and contemporary life makes it a must-visit destination for those seeking to experience England's heritage.


Westgate Towers & River Stour

The Westgate Towers, Canterbury's imposing mediaeval gatehouse, marks the entrance to the city's historic centre. As England's largest surviving city gate, it shows visitors a glimpse into the fortified past of this ancient city. Beyond the towers lies the River Stour, winding through the city and offering peaceful walks along its banks. Visitors can take guided punting tours to see Canterbury from a different perspective, gliding past weeping willows and historic buildings. The combination of the Westgate Towers' architectural grandeur and the River Stour's natural beauty provides a tranquil retreat from the bustling city streets.


Marlowe Theatre

Named after the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre is a cornerstone of the city's cultural landscape. With a seating capacity of 1,200, the theatre hosts a diverse array of performances, including plays, musicals, ballets, and concerts. The modern venue, designed to reflect Canterbury's rich artistic heritage, offers a dynamic calendar of events catering to a wide range of tastes. From cutting-edge contemporary theatre to classic operas and children's shows, the Marlowe Theatre is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Canterbury and its visitors.


White Cliffs of Dover & Dover Castle

The White Cliffs of Dover, with their striking facade overlooking the English Channel, symbolise Britain's resilience and natural splendour. These chalk cliffs offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and the French coast. Adjacent to the cliffs, Dover Castle, known as the "Key to England," stands as a testament to the country's mediaeval military architecture. With a history dating back to the 11th century, the castle has played a crucial role in England's defence, notably during the Second World War. Visitors can explore the extensive grounds, mediaeval structures, and the Secret Wartime Tunnels that delve deep into the cliffs, offering a comprehensive insight into Britain's military and architectural history.


Turner Contemporary Gallery

Situated in the seaside town of Margate, the Turner Contemporary Gallery is a modern art haven, celebrating the legacy of the painter J.M.W. Turner, who was inspired by Margate's unique light and landscapes. The gallery, through its innovative exhibitions of contemporary and historical art, seeks to engage, inspire, and provoke thought among its visitors. With a focus on showcasing leading visual artists from around the world, the gallery has become a pivotal space for cultural dialogue and education, reflecting Turner's pioneering spirit and the vibrant creative community of Margate.



Dreamland is an iconic British amusement park in Margate. It presents a nostalgic journey through the golden age of seaside entertainment. Reopened in 2015 after a decade of closure, Dreamland has recaptured the hearts of visitors with its vintage rides, including the Grade II listed Scenic Railway, the UK's oldest roller coaster. The park blends historic charm with modern attractions, providing a unique blend of entertainment for families and thrill-seekers alike. Its revival has sparked a renaissance in Margate, making the attraction a focal point for those seeking fun, nostalgia, and a glimpse into Britain's amusement park heritage.


Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway provides a unique journey through the picturesque Kent countryside aboard one of England's most beloved heritage steam railways. Spanning 13.5 miles, this miniature railway takes passengers from the coastal town of Hythe through the scenic Romney Marsh to the lighthouse at Dungeness. Known as "Kent’s Mainline in Miniature," the railway has been delighting visitors since 1927 with its historic steam locomotives and charming rural stations. A trip on this railway not only provides breathtaking views of Kent's landscapes but also a step back in time to the golden age of steam travel.


Folkestone Fossil Hunting

The cliffs at Copt Point and East Wear Bay are part of the Gault Clay formation, recognised as having exceptional preservation of marine fossils. Ammonites, echinoids, and belemnites are just a few of the treasures that can be discovered along the coastline. Fossil hunting in Folkestone is a hands-on experience of England's geological history, appealing to amateur palaeontologists and curious visitors alike. With guided walks and educational resources, Folkestone provides a unique window into the ancient past, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and history buffs.


Discover Kent from Kiora Holiday Home

Kiora, built in 1904, is a beachfront retreat in Whitstable and perfect for exploring Kent. With its impressive seafront views overlooking "The Street," a natural shingle spit, this weatherboarded house combines historic charm with modern amenities. It sleeps eight in four bedrooms, including three double rooms and a twin single room, all maintaining original features for a comfortable stay.


The property features a traditional kitchen with a wood-burning stove and modern appliances, a dining room, and a living room with an open fireplace and grand piano leading to a terrace and wooded garden. The outdoor area, complete with a summerhouse and privacy hedges, offers a peaceful setting for relaxation after visiting Kent's attractions.


Kiora is great for families with children and dog friendly. Check out availability and book via the link below.

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