Car-free adventures aroundCanterburyKent

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Before embarking on our car-free adventures around Canterbury, whizz through through the countryside on a comfortable high speed train - cheaper if you book in advance. Walk a short way along Canterbury's city walls and through riverside gardens or stride along the North Downs Way. Make a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral or to see the original Bagpuss and the Clangers in the wonderful Beaney museum. For a trip out of town, visit the animals at Wildwood near Herne Bay - there's a bus there from Canterbury every fifteen minutes and a 50% discount for people who arrive car-free.

  • County: Kent
  • Great for: cathedral | literary connections | museums | scenic bus and train | wildlife park |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • Please note: researched/updated in November 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
Pegasus bar - visited on our car-free adventures around Canterbury
  1. 3. Get the bus to Wildwood

    One of our favourite car-free adventures around Canterbury is a visit to Wildwood. If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure to see wolves and arctic foxes, bison and reindeer! Stand on woodland walkways in an area of ancient forest while red squirrels chase each other over the sweet chestnut leaves below or a wolf pack winds gracefully through the bracken. There are bears, otters, rootling boar and watchful lynx in this wildlife park near Herne Bay, housing creatures that are or have been native to Britain.

    • Wildwood Trust is a conservation charity, helping with programmes to reintroduce beavers, save water voles and use wild horses to restore habitat.
    • Wildwood offers half price entry to people who arrive by public transport. A day rider ticket will cover your journey there and back and a day’s travel across the whole of the South East on Stagecoach buses.
    • It’s great for families, with a huge adventure playground,
    • How to get to Wildwood car-free: follow Good Journey’s directions.
  1. 5. Time for tea?

    Back in the city, how about a stroll around the old cobbled walls? Or another amble through the centre to admire the centuries-old architecture, like the half-timbered Weaver’s House overhanging the River Stour.

    • For a longer walk through the countryside, try something like this five mile hike from the village of Chartham. There are several good pubs there too, like the half-timbered Artichoke.
    • The fifteenth-century Weaver’s House contains a restaurant and offers a dine and punt deal with lunch and a river tour.
    • There are plenty of great places in Canterbury to eat and drink.
    • The well-stocked Pegasus Tap Room and Gin Palace on St Dunstans Street is very handy for the West Station. Right next-door to the station if The Goods Shed, a local farmer’s market and restaurant.
    • Locals recommend Café St Pierre on St Peter’s Street (“a gorgeous French café”). For food and distillery tours visit The Foundry Brewpub on Stour Street. Conveniently, you can stay on the street corner at Abode Canterbury hotel, which has a restaurant and champagne bar opposite the Beaney.
  • Herons - spotted on our car-free adventures around Canterbury
  • Bagpuss - spotted on our car-free adventures around Canterbury
  • Pegasus bar - visited on our car-free adventures around Canterbury