- Tourist Attractions
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Outdoor
There are 11 acres of historic public gardens to explore dating back to the Middle Ages, in which you can find medieval ruins, a Norman archway and the 200 year old Oriental Plane, plus Burma Star Association and Itay Star Association war memorials. It also winds alongside the River Stour so there are pleasing waterside walks too, where one can often see moorhens, ducks and swans.
The Toddler Cove kiddies' play area provides some play structures and equipment for under 7s, but this is one to watch for next summer as they use their recent Lottery funding to join Westgate Gardens, Tannery Field, Toddlers' Cove and Bingley Island, with a new play park a leading point of the planning. It's unclear whether there will be any disruption to the existing play area during the changes so be sure to check it out if it's going to be the high point of their day.
There are several open air events held here seasonally throughout the year so it's well worth keeping an eye out for the Up and Comings if you're local. Those travelling slightly further should feel free to bring an epic picnic to make it worthwhile and enjoy the natural shade of the West Gate Tower.
In summer you can sometimes join a Bat Walk and explore the area at dusk: well worth doing with ones old enough to stay up. You can also pick up Family Trail sheets from the Canterbury Umbrella Centre for some extra fun.
- No Food Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Westgate Grove, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DB, England
Click here to visit Westgate Gardens's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Sunday Dawn - Dusk