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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 🙂