Touring from Canterbury

Touring from Canterbury

Touring from Canterbury

Touring from Canterbury

Howletts Zoo Park, Bekesbourne and Blean Bird Garden, Blean which has free-living exotic birds are both near. Stodmarsh Bird Sanctuary is for lakeland bird-spotters, and Wealden Forest Park, Herne Common, has nature walks, picnic areas and Butterfly World. Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Light Railway is a real, working miniature railway with steam trains and small carriages to give you a good trip across the marshes, a main line in miniature. Chilham Castle Gardens were laid out by Tradescant when the Jacobean house was built. There are eagles, hawks, falcons and Petland, and jousting displays on Sundays in the summer. Canterbury is also convenient for the coast, including the Cinque Ports, the Isle of Thanet and the venue for the Open Golf Championship at Sandwich. There are two railway stations – Canterbury East and Canterbury West, both within walking distance of the city centre. Canterbury East is on the direct route from Victoria Station, London (one hour and twenty minutes) and Dover is less than half an hour. There are also services from Charing Cross, Waterloo and London Bridge via Faversham, as well as trains to most other stations in Kent and along the coast, a wonderful collection for a week or more of day trips.