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Canterbury and surrounding areas

Discussion in 'Personal' started by blondehecate, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Well am off for a break soon with boyf and we are basing ourselves in Canterbury. Any advice on where to go, what to do etc. Seems Margate/Ramsgate/Deal/Sandwich and Dover all within close distance - worth it?? And Canterbury itself ??
    Many thanks in anticipation.
     
  2. Well am off for a break soon with boyf and we are basing ourselves in Canterbury. Any advice on where to go, what to do etc. Seems Margate/Ramsgate/Deal/Sandwich and Dover all within close distance - worth it?? And Canterbury itself ??
    Many thanks in anticipation.
     
  3. It's been a while since I've been to the area, but from my experience:
    Canterbury itself is very nice (cathedral, old town)
    Sandwich is nice
    Ramsgate and Margate are are fairly charmless (Ramsgate in particular)
    The coast to the west is best (no poetry intended)
    hth
    h
     
  4. Canterbury itself is lovely, if it's nice weather there is the parks and the boat trip which is interesting as well as their museums and the cathedral. Lots to do there.
     
  5. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    I went to Uni in Canterbury many many years ago
    The town is lovely and worth spending time in.
    Whitstable is brill, but avoid Herne Bay
    If you take the Thanet Way east from Canterbury, there is a turning off to a village/hamlet called Chislet. The pub there (The Gate) used to be a fovourite - lovely food in a garden with a duck stream running through it.
    One of our best things to do, however, way to hop on a ferry for the day! Foot passengers used to cost about £3.50 in those days
     
  6. I would agree with henriette, Whitstable is a lovely day out, nice shops,
    cafes and beaches. Canterbury itself is lovely, especially towards the westgate,
    small independent shops. Have a look around The Goods Shed, a great farmer's
    market/ cafe next to Canterbury West station. St Augustine's Abbey is
    pretty.

    Outside of Canterbury visit some of the villages if you can, Chilham,
    Chartham and Bridge are lovely, an excellent foody pub, The Chapter Arms can be
    found in Chartham Hatch. There is now an excellent cycle path/ walking route
    along the River Stour between Canterbury and Chartham.

    If you get bored with all that Dover Castle is great for a day out!


     
  7. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Walk along the cliffs from Dover to the lighthouse (check opening times).
    Deal has an interesting castle but Walmer's is better.

    A bit further away but Bodium castle is the best in the country (IMHO). Dover castle is Brill, the battlefield at Battle is very atmospheric.
    Dungeoness is pretty wild with a decent bird sanctruay and the powerstation that has a visitors centre. take the little train from Hythe and spend the day riding the rails up and down the coast getting off at each town and exploring
     
  8. Andy_91

    Andy_91 New commenter

    The gardens at Sissinghurst.
    Derek Jarman's garden at Dungeness.
     
  9. Thank you for your comments, we had a fantastic time, what a lovely part of the country. Bsaically visited each and every place round the coast from Canterbury and Hearne Bay around to Folkestone (eurgh!) at the bottom! Helped with the gorgeous weather we had for the majority of the time there! Spent way too much in the Ashford Retail Outlet too - bargains galore! x
     

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