BY PALOMA LACY
Londoners are lucky to have another world famous city on their doorstep.
Canterbury’s history and heritage has to be seen, alongside stunning architecture and magnificent buildings, such as Canterbury Cathedral.
It’s close enough to London for a day out, but equally ideal for you to make a weekend of it.
Enjoy a relaxing short break or longer fun-filled family holiday at the seaside, taking in nearby Herne Bay and Whitstable.
A short walk will take you to the West Gate medieval City Walls, entering through the iconic Westgate towers. From here you have a wealth of history, culture and entertainment.
Canterbury offers a blend of city, coast and countryside. Make the most of beautiful coastline and countryside and heritage and culture.
The must-sees in this glorious city include Canterbury Cathedral, the Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction, Sculpture Trail, Conquest House Gallery and Eastbridge Hospital.
Looking to get out of the city for a family day out? Why not try Wingham Wildlife Park. Kent’s fastest-growing wildlife park is a 20- minute drive out of Canterbury.
It proudly houses the largest number of animal species in Kent – tigers, flamingos, bats or even the adorable red panda.
They are all here. Go and see some of the amazing animals that call Wingham Wildlife Park home, or for a truly memorable experience, check out the available animal encounters – where you can get up close and personal with some of the most loved creatures, including penguins, meerkats and otters. Winghams is open seven days per week.
For more information see www.winghamwildlifepark.co.uk
But where to stay?
Whether travelling by car or train, 5 Merchants Store is spot on. Offering private gated parking and also just a few metres from the train station, this lovely modern apartment is a short walk to the vibrant city centre.
Located in a charming red brick former merchants store, this comfortable apartment has everything you could want for a city break or a longer stay, with a large and sociable open plan living space, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
If travelling by train the apartment is just a few metres walk from the station and if by car there is a private gated car park.
Just 200 metres away is a convenient supermarket for stocking up on self-catering supplies, or if you wish to eat out then don’t miss The Goods Shed opposite the apartment.
This fabulous farmer’s market cafe and restaurant serves organic dishes – an excellent pit stop for breakfast before exploring the city.
For more information see www.mulberrycottages.com
This summer train tickets start at just £15, travelling from London to 12 destinations on the Southeastern railway network, packed with hidden and not so hidden gems to discover.
Plus the offer includes kids for £1, so children aged five to 15 can travel for just £1. The Summer Offer ends on August 18, which hopefully gives you the chance to be able to enjoy some sunshine.