Over half term we had a lovely stay in an Arctic lodge at the YHA in Canterbury, Kent.

This was our first visit to the area as a family and really my first proper visit here too, apart from passing through en route to a ferry from Dover.

There are stacks of places to visit in the area. Here are some of the things we got up to in our few days..

Canterbury does of course have a beautiful Cathedral. It costs £28.50 for a family ticket, unless you are attending a service when it is free.

Visit the oldest pub in Canterbury – The Parrot. We were there on Valentine’s so these were my dates..

There is a children’s menu and the food is delicious with lots of local ales on offer too.

While away an afternoon in the Beaney museum. Named after its benefactor, Dr James George Beany this art gallery, museum and library is free (donations appreciated) and is definitely worth a visit with lots to see and do. Running until 6 March is a Star Wars exhibition (with dress up!) featuring original movie posters and toys from the successful franchise.


Take a  tour of the Kent Coast visiting Margate where there is a great Turner Art gallery…

Tuck into delicious fish and chips in quaint and pretty Broadstairs….

And head to Deal – St Margaret’s Bay is a beautiful spot with a pebble beach, where you can see the white cliffs as well as France on a good day.


Stop off at Dover White Cliffs and Dover Castle..

We would have loved to have had more time to visit Folkstone, Whitstable and explore the historic castles and forts in the area.

Have you visited, or do you like in Canterbury or Kent?

Would love to hear of your must see places.

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