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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Always worth a visit as free (although please do donate a bit) and beautifully curated shows. On Saturdays and sundays they also tend to have kid craft activities. Note it will be closed for refurb from September 2020 - December 2020. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Church
“The Cathedral is one of Canterbury’s main attractions, there has been a place of worship here for over 1500 years. This cathedral is one of the oldest in England, with a millennium of history. It is well known as the place Thomas Becket was murdered by knights of King Henry II. In its years it has survived fire, the Restoration and general modernity – and yet its gothic towers and beautiful stained-glass windows remain as impressive today as they were a thousand years ago.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Castle
“One of the best castles I've visited. So much to see and do here, amazing views over Dover and a roos the Channel to France on a nice clear day. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“A fab day out for everyone. Check what’s on as they have jam packed day and evening events especially during school holidays. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Castle
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“Picture perfect castle, surrounded by a moat - explore the ruins and have a picnic in the grounds. 20 minute drive. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle Drive here, jump aboard the steam train from Tenterden or catch the ferry along the River Rother from Bodiam Boating Station (15 min drive) www.bodiamboatingstation.co.uk”
  • 68 locals recommend
Theatre
“Modern theatre for Shakespeare, musicals and stand-up with a studio for contemporary performances. Just 20 minutes drive up the A2!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Castle
“Nothing makes you feel quite like a prince and princess than a visit to a castle! Leeds Castle has been described by some as “The Loveliest Castle in the World” and when you visit, I’m sure you’ll be able to see why. Leeds Castle not only offers you an insight to the history behind it, but there are plenty of activities to partake in such as falconry displays, a maze and golf ground, and over 500 acres of beautiful gardens. They offer ferry and train rides around the grounds and have an abundance of wildlife for you to keep an eye out for. Make sure you check out what events are happening at Leeds Castle, because they host festivals, firework displays and open-air concerts depending on when you plan on visiting!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great place for the shopaholic. Only 3 miles from Ramsgate retreat and is serviced by the local bus loop route ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A fascinating place to visit if only to make your own mind up about the possibility of its origins. A nice gift shop as well.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Only 20 mins drive away. Plenty of free car park spaces here and an excellent variety of shops and restaurants. This is my local go to place for everything! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Go here for all you sales on branded goods such as Kurt Geiger, Guess, Polo Ralph Lauren, Watchstation, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Nike and many more ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“For all your discounted designer shopping needs, Ashford Designer outlet is a great place to grab those bargains. With recent expansion to the outlet to another 50 new stores, there is something for everyone.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Zoo
“Fantastic day out, so many animals to see. Gorillas, anteaters, and the largest herd of African elephants are just some of the highlights. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
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“Family friendly and fun pizza restaurant with views over Margate Main Sands. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Castle
“short travel from London Victoria station / historical day out. advised to visit during dry weather so you can go aroung gardens take a boat engoy a picnic by the lake.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Garden
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“THis National Trust property in Kent, is the famous home of the famous writer Vita-Sackville-West. This is an Incredibly beautiful Castle & Garden deemed to be one of the best.”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Outlet Mall
“Go here for all you sales on branded goods such as Kurt Geiger, Guess, Polo Ralph Lauren, Watchstation, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Nike and many more ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
“Family friendly and fun pizza restaurant with views over Margate Main Sands. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This is a teeny weeny restaurant with only about three tables. We love it but then we are biased because it is where we had our first date! (A long time ago.....) You must book as they are usually full.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Pub
“In Seasalter, the Sportsman is a destination gastro pub with a Michelin star. It has been voted 'Best gastro pub in the country" - make sure you book a table well in advance!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hair Care
“Need a coffee, record store or yum breakfast - this is the place. Upstairs has a small play area so the kids are occupied. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“If you are visiting Canterbury this is a great place to buy local farm produce and it is possible to have lunch there...... best to book. (Can be a bit chilly as it is a warehouse)”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and drink located with stunning views over Folkestone Harbour and Harbour Arm with the Channel looking across to France”
  • 34 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Cosy and stylish restaurant in the heart of Whitstable. Friendly staff and ever changing menu based on local produce.”
  • 34 locals recommend

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