things do to in Canterbury

Discover the perfect blend of rich history and thrilling adventure, when you holiday in Canterbury. There’s something for everyone to get stuck into and enjoy, in this beautiful part of the world.

Explore the endless historical sites, from cathedrals and castles, to family fun adventures and animal parks. There really is something for everyone to enjoy in Kent. Perfectly placed and surrounded by the countryside, our retreat is the ideal place for a quiet holiday break but close to the city and the adventures waiting for you.

our list of things to do in Canterbury

Dover Castle

Explore centuries of stories in the castle, which has been pivotal to British history. Learn more about the castle’s roles in both World Wars, including the evacuation of Dunkirk, along with more rich history, stretching back to King Henry II’s medieval tower!

Enjoy the sublime panoramic views from the famous white cliffs of Dover, as you walk the battlements and defenses around the castle. There are also fantastic interactive exhibitions, hidden tunnels, and secrets, all waiting for you to explore.

Canterbury Cathedral

Visit this world-famous cathedral, just moments away when you stay with Darwin Escapes. People have been drawn to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages, taking in the art of the building, the workmanship of the architecture, and exploring the beautiful grounds.

There are lots of wonderful areas to see on your visit, including the ‘Adam Delving’ stained glass window, which is the oldest window in the cathedral and dates back to the 14th Century.

The cathedral holds numerous stories just waiting to be heard, including the intriguing, tragic murder of the local Archbishop in 1170. Find out more about this twisted tale and numerous other stories, on your amazing day out in Canterbury.

Howletts Wildlife Park

Spend a truly unforgettable day meeting the friendly animals and exploring all lush 100 acres of this amazing wildlife park. Make magical memories, when you get to meet almost 400 animals who call Howletts Wildlife Park home! 

Howletts is also home to Kent’s only herd of African Elephants, so make sure to stop by and say hello to the gentle giants. Don’t miss a trip to the magical western lowland gorillas, along with elusive honey badgers, tigers, lions, and other exotic and incredible creatures. 

Howletts Wildlife Park is a wonderful day out for all ages and a great addition to your getaway schedule.

Adventure Island

Thrill-seekers of all ages are bound to love an adrenaline-filled day out at Adventure Island! Jump on the large rollercoasters for the ultimate in fun and thrills.

With a  huge selection to choose from, including rides perfect for the little ones, everyone can ride again and again. Head to the indoor arena for more traditional rides, like the carousel and mini-golf. Enjoy meals from the restaurant for a wonderful afternoon tea, with fresh cake, from the local café.

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