The wonderful YHA invited us to try out their new arctic lodges at the Canterbury hostel so this sounded like the perfect city break!
Canterbury, famous for its beautiful cathedral, is in Kent to the South East of England. From our home in Nottingham it was about a three hour drive so these travel tips came in useful. The boys loved their laminated map to track the journey!
The Canterbury YHA is located about a short 10 minute walk from the city centre on the busy main road to Dover. The lodges are at the back of the hostel in The Shire accessible from a side gate. They are themed around Lord of the Rings as Orlando Bloom, star of LotR is originally from Canterbury. We were staying in Bloom Lodge which is nearest to the hostel (so you can still pick up the free wifi from the lodge!).
The hostel has a limited amount of parking at the front of the hostel (there is parking on some of the roads around which you can be directed to if the front is full). The staff are friendly and very helpful and there is stacks of information if things to do in the area. In the ground floor is a lounge area for reading, playing games etc.
Back to the lodges, which are equipped with a double bed, single bunk over the top and another bunk bed all snuggly fitted into the cosy living space with plenty of shelving and storage.
There is a fridge, cupboard, microwave and tea and coffee making facilities as well as an ensuite toilet, basin and shower. There are heaters in the main room and in the bathroom and, even in February, we were toasty and warm. There were plenty of plug sockets around the lodge as well as lights and the bathroom light was motion sensitive so it came on automatically as you walked up to it.
Outside the lodge is a picnic bench and grassy area to play on. It was lovely! We had a great two nights using the lodge as a comfortable base to relax in and explore Canterbury.
Would you fancy a spot of family glamping in a City? What do you think to the choice of camping and cabins offered by the YHA?
Coming soon…. our top tips of things to do in the Canterbury area.