Go further afield for days out exploring historical cathedrals, castles, museums, theatres and more
One of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England, forming part of a World Heritage Site, and the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This is also the site of the shrine for Thomas Becket, who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which has attracted thousands of pilgrims. The beautiful Cathedral is open to the public to explore, 7 days a week.
City of Canterbury
Canterbury, a cathedral city in southeast England, was a major pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. Ancient walls, originally built by the Romans, encircle its medieval centre with cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. Iconic Canterbury Cathedral, founded in 597 A.D., is the headquarters of the Church of England and Anglican Communion. With intricate carvings and stained-glass windows, it incorporates Gothic and Romanesque elements.
Westgate Towers & River Stour
A major 1,200 seat theatre in Canterbury, named after the playwright Christopher Marlow, who was born and attended school in the city. The programme of shows includes plays, major West End musicals, ballet, contemporary dance, opera, stand-up comedy, orchestral concerts, music gigs and children's shows.
Dover Castle from above
White Cliffs of Dover & Dover Castle
These world famous high chalk cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast. The best way to see the cliffs is to take a walk along the coastal path. You’ll get a great view of the cliffs and also see the chalk grassland that’s home to so many unusual plants and insects like the chalk hill blue butterfly and the pyramidal orchid. The cliffs also have a special place in our national history and they were used for defence in both World Wars.
The medieval Dover Castle, the largest castle in England, sits strategically upon the White Cliffs, and is often described as the 'Key to England' due to its defensive significance throughout history. Secret Wartime Tunnels were dug deep beneath the castle, within the cliffs themselves, and are now one of the main attractions of the area to explore.
A world-class gallery in the vibrant seaside town of Margate, situated on the spot where the artist J.M.W Turner stayed when visiting the town. The Turner showcases a rolling programme of contemporary and historical art in new and dynamic ways, offering an inspiring place for you to see, think and learn.
Turner Contemporary (left), Dreamland Margate (right)
An iconic amusement park located in Margate, which began under its title name in 1920 when the park's Grade II listed Scenic Railway wooden rollercoaster was opened. After 10 years of closure, the park reopened in the summer of 2015, surrounded by a media frenzy. The Scenic Railway is a must ride!
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent's most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience and is why this Heritage Railway is one of Kent's Top Tourist Attractions.
Folkestone Fossil Hunting
Folkestone is internationally famous for the ‘Channel Tunnel’, but also for the cliffs of Gault Clay at Copt Point and in the Warren and East Wear Bay. These rapidly eroding cliffs yield a vast range of ammonites, crabs, echinoids, belemnites, brachiopods, bivalves and much, much more.
Steam train at Hythe Railway Station