Canterbury: Where history and Nature combine

Canterbury is the perfect location to combine a love of  history and nature.  In this blog, we invite you to embark on a journey through the heart of a city that provides a haven for both history and nature lovers.

Westgate Gardens: Riverside Serenity

Nestled along the banks of the meandering River Stour, Westgate Gardens welcomes you with open arms to a world of serenity. Take a leisurely stroll beneath the shade of ancient trees, watch as the seasons paint the gardens in a kaleidoscope of colors, and discover the historical significance that adds a layer of charm to this green oasis. Pack a picnic, find a riverside spot, and let the gentle flow of the river be your soundtrack.

Dane John Gardens: A Green Oasis

In the heart of Canterbury lies Dane John Gardens, a green oasis offering respite from the urban hustle. Perfect for families, the gardens boast a playground for little adventurers and a mound offering panoramic views of the city. Throughout the year, these gardens come alive with open-air concerts, seasonal festivals, and community events, making it a dynamic hub of natural and cultural experiences.

Blean Woods National Nature Reserve: A Wilderness Escape

For those yearning for a true nature experience, Blean Woods National Nature Reserve beckons. Diverse ecosystems and hiking trails lead you through ancient woodlands, offering a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike. Immerse yourself in the conservation efforts of this natural gem and contribute to the preservation of this unique landscape.

Reculver Country Park: Coastal Nature Retreat

If coastal wonders call your name, head to Reculver Country Park. The historic Reculver Towers stand as sentinels overlooking coastal walks, providing stunning sea views and opportunities for wildlife encounters. Explore the shoreline, try your hand at fossil hunting, and, when the night falls, indulge in stargazing events that bring the mysteries of the cosmos a little closer.


Franciscan Gardens

Here you can take a reflective journey through the garden which has been carefully restored to reinterpret the former monastic way of life and successive horticultural legacies. So much time and effort has been taken to restore the garden as it would have been to evoke a taste of how the franciscans would have seen it, complete the with chapel, cloister garth and cutting garden. Take a moment out of your day to enjoy the serenity of the garden and relax for a moment in the picturesque wild flower meadow, dotted with heritage fruit trees. The garden continues to change as it matures and new features are addedm so you will definitely want to return.


Canterbury’s green spaces are more than just parks; they are sanctuaries that weave together the threads of history and nature. As you wander through these landscapes, you’ll discover that Canterbury’s treasures extend beyond its historic walls, inviting you to connect with nature in a city where the past and the present coexist in perfect harmony. So, lace up your walking shoes, grab your camera, and immerse yourself in the lush tapestry of Green Canterbury. Your adventure awaits!

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