Things to do in Kent & the Surrounding Area
There are plenty of things to do in your lodge at Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat, as well as there being a plethora of scenic walking routes to be enjoyed around the resort. However, if you want to go a little further afield, then you will never run out of visitor attractions to enjoy when you stay at our perfectly located resort.
We’ve selected a small sample of some of the attractions which we consider worth visiting during your next stay at our fabulous newly renovated Kent holiday park.
Recommended Local Attractions
Overlooking the iconic white cliffs of Dover, Dover Castle was built in the 12th century with the intention of being the first line of defence for the British Isles as it sought to protect itself from overseas threats. The castle was used for military purposes all the way up till the Second World War when it was used as a base for those who were involved in the Dunkirk mission. However, it is perhaps most famous for its valuable role resisting the French siege of 1216 and also for the part it played in the British defence during the Napoleonic Wars.
You can learn all about this and more when you pay a visit to the castle which is now open to the public courtesy of English Heritage. Head into the Great Tower and you’ll be transported back to the medieval period with the tower being purposefully decorated to look as it was during the reign of King Henry II. You will also get the opportunity to explore the eerie medieval tunnels which were used during the 1216 siege to protect the castle from attack.
There are plenty of areas to explore during your visit to the castle, and you will even have several restaurants to choose from so you can really make a day of it.
Kent & East Sussex Railway
The Kent and East Sussex Railway is a great day out for the whole family with it’s a number of railway experiences to be enjoyed for the whole family. You can choose to take a trip along the famous 11 and a half mile railway line through the Rother Valley in one of their historic locomotives from Tenterden Town Station all the way to Bodiam station.
You will of course have the option to hop off at each station and explore the surrounding region. Bodiam station for instance is located not too far from a medieval castle which is owned by the National Trust and surrounded by a glorious moat. There is plenty to see and do for families here, with a trail on offer around the facilities where you be challenged to complete a number of tasks and be given then the opportunity to really understand what life was like in the castle back in 1385.
Alternatively you can even purchase a behind the scenes experience ticket at the railway where you can even have a go at controlling the signal box or even get the opportunity to purchase a locomotive driving course session if you are feeling flush.
Shopaholics are in luck at Canterbury thanks to the award winning Whitefriars shopping centre which is East Kent’s biggest shopping centre featuring over 70 stores which are made up of well known brands such as Next, Topshop and Swarovski. It was also the location of the UKs first M&S kitchen where you can sample a number of the stores finest food products.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to picking somewhere to eat too, with a variety of cafes, sit in restaurants and also fast food outlets.
Canterbury Guided Tours
You can gain a great overview of Canterbury and its rich history when you take advantage of the excellent Canterbury Guided Tours which are on offer from the Buttermarket at 11 am daily and at 11am and 2pm daily from April to October.
Lasting 90 minutes, a highly knowledgeable group of experts will guide guests around the cobbled streets and provide a fascinating insight into what the city used to be like in years gone by. This takes in many of the historic wonders such as the Kings School, Canterbury Cathedral and the many Pilgrim inns which exist around the city. Tickets are available for purchase from Canterbury Visitor Centre or the Roman Museum. A great way to gain an condensed insight into the past of this wonderful city.
Of course no visit to Canterbury would be complete without a visit to Canterbury Cathedral where you can learn fascinating stories about the history of the cathedral which dates back to 597 AD. Following a fire, the original building was replaced with the Gothic structure which remains in place to this date.
Audio tours are available in seven different languages to guide you through the buildings colourful history. Tours last up to an hour and really are the best way of ensuring you get the maximum possible from you visit.
Ask the Canterbury Reach Team
This is just a short selection of the huge variety of things there are to do and places to visit in the area around Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat. If you are in need of any other ideas for things to do in the area, please feel free to ask a friendly member of our team.