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Canterbury itself is a beautiful, historic cathedral city that, despite heavy bombing during The Blitz, thankfully retains many of its ancient buildings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a Roman city wall that was rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of an abbey, a Norman castle and possibly the oldest school in England!

Also included within the district of Canterbury are the coastal resorts of Herne Bay and Whitstable, famed for their picturesque beach fronts and beautiful countryside surroundings. This gives Canterbury the perfect mix of city, coast and countryside, and is sure to suit even the most particular of children.

Hostels in Canterbury
Hostels in Canterbury

Located right in the centre of this Roman-walled city, YHA Canterbury is perfect for families wanting to make the most of this historic city's breathtaking architecture and fascinating museums. If you want to spread your wings a bit further, it is also within easy reach of the North Downs Way, and a day trip to France wouldn't be out of the question!


Five Free Things To Do In Canterbury

Canterbury Norman Castle
Canterbury Norman Castle is one of the most ancient in the whole of Britain, built in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings, and is sure to wow any child with an interest in castles and battles!

The Blean Ancient Woodlands
Get lost and explore the largest woods in the whole of Kent! Covering over 11 square miles and full to the brim with rare wildlife and beautiful plants - there are also a number of great child-friendly pubs nearby.

Whitstable Oyster Yawl 'The Favourite'
After visiting the beach, take a short walk to see the last Oyster Yawl to remain in Whitstable. Oyster trawling was once one of the major industries in the area, and this is the last boat of its kind in public ownership.

Grove Valley Picnic Site
Ideal for a spot of fishing or a cucumber sandwich, this picnic site is perfectly situated for a stop off on the Stour Valley Walk. Fun fact - fishing rights here were first granted by Henry II and remain to this day!

Canterbury City Walls
No trip to this historic city is complete without a stroll around the perimeter of Roman walls. Although it now only covers half of the city centre, it is possible to walk around the remaining structure to Dane John Gardens.

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