Wandering Canterbury: parks, gardens and nature!

For our first post about Canterbury we showed you guys the cathedral in all it’s magnificent splendour, so for part 2 we thought we’d show off some of Canterbury’s scenic parks, gardens and nature. Though it is admittedly hard to follow an act as impressive as the cathedral, Canterbury is home to a number of very attractive, picturesque parks and gardens which are perfect to sit, relax and picnic in on hot summer days.

The first place we visited for these photos is a small park that sits behind the Marlow Theatre, through which the Great Stour river runs and boat tours operate constantly on nice days.

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One of the river boat tours on it’s route.

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The Marlow Theatre in the background.

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We loved the part of the house that hangs out over the river.

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In the summer you often see the more daring (or stupid!) of people jumping in and swimming in the river.

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Different perspective on the cool house.

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These next photos are of the Dane John gardens which is the largest and grandest of Canterbury’s parks and lies next to the old city wall which will be featured in the next post. We took some of the following pictures from the top of the large mound that sits in the middle of the gardens. This is one of the highest points in the city and affords some lovely views of the gardens and city in general.

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The cathedral from the top of the mound.

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The mound is believed to be dated back to the first century AD.

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This little guy was having a whale of a time eating nuts out of peoples’ hands in the park!

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Only realised afterwards that we caught a bird in flight in the middle of this one! Bandstand in the back.

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We came across this having never seen it before and thought it was pretty cool.

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Ammunition shelters.

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Our shadows making an appearance.

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Boer War memorial monument.

This one isn’t a park, more just a path that runs along the river in another part of town, but since we explored a little around this area too and it was very attractive in it’s own way so thought we’d include it for good measure.

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We also spotted some ducks with their newly born ducklings, which were very cute in their, largely unsuccessful, attempts to swim up river against the current!

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Finally we also took a walk through the Westgate Gardens which can be found next to the cities medieval Westgate. The gatehouse itself can be seen in the background of a couple of these photos. We’ll show you the Westgate in more detail in the next post as it’s a fairly impressive structure in it’s own right.

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Declaration to upkeep the integrity of walled cities and towns like Canterbury.

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The Westgate in the background.

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Anyone hazard a guess at what kind of tree this is?

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Big ol’ tree!

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Being touristy..

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Loved the design of the metal frame holding up these plants.

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Gnarled old tree.

 

So that concludes the parks, gardens and nature themed part of our Canterbury series. Next will be the old city wall and the Westgate.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you haven’t already then do check out the first part of the series here (opens new window).

 

Ben and Jess 🙂

11 thoughts on “Wandering Canterbury: parks, gardens and nature!

      • Can’t say I’ve ever tried Canterbury muffins actually, I’ll have to do so! Stonehenge is very impressive I thought, didn’t realise quite how huge it was until I saw it with my own eyes. Haven’t been to Bath though, I’m sure it was very nice.

      • They sold muffins and coffee in a room near the entrance to the Cathedral to raise money for repairs. The muffins were terrific.
        Bath is a wonderful town. Everywhere reminders of Romans.

      • Ah yeah I think I know the one you mean, there’s a whole shop dedicated to raising money for the cathedral I believe. Sounds like Bath is similar to Canterbury in being steeped in history, I’m sure Jess and I will visit at some point.

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  2. Looks like you guys got out on a beautiful day. Did you take all these pics in one outing? And I love your skirt Jess. The one with the purple and the zigzags. I’ve never been to England. In fact, the only places in Europe I’ve been were Germany and Turkey. These photos reminded me a little of King’s park in Perth, Australia. So much green. I don’t get a lot of lush green and trees in north-east Brazil.
    Thanks for sharing.
    🙂

    • We took most of them in one outing and then the last lot on a different day 🙂 thank you! Very kind of you 🙂 neither of us have ever been to Turkey but we both really liked Germany. You should definitely make time for a trip to England one day. Oh that’s cool, when we get round to travelling Australia we’ll have to come and compare. It’s a shame you don’t see much greenery, always makes a place look more pleasant in my experience 🙂 you’re very welcome, thanks for your comment!

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