UK Sneak Peek: 5 day trips to take from Canterbury!

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One of the best parts of student life in the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent is the opportunity to easily explore the UK and Europe. The campus benefits from a superior location right in the heart of the Garden of England – Kent. Blessed with beautiful and historic seaside towns, amusement parks, museums, heritage sites, cathedrals, castles, country parks, and close to vibrant and bustling European capitals, all you need is a transportation pass, good friends, and the spirit of adventure that could show you the way to go. So, if you are looking for a day out of school, this is your perfect guide.

Whitstable

Whitstable is a charming and cozy seaside town with excellent fish markets and a selection of craft and vintage shops. It is also perfect for cycle hire, as it offers a range of traffic-free cycling paths with startling views of the beach and town. Local castle and gardens host a variety of events throughout the year and art galleries can surprise you with the quality of exhibited paintings.

How to get there?
Via buses from the University’s Keynes Bus stop to Whitstable with departure every 15 minutes or walk via Crab & Winkle Way that starts right between the University’s Parkwood Flats and Oaks Day Nursery.

Folkestone

Folkestone can be compared to a Victorian dreamland with its Bohemian promenade and blooming coastal gardens. It ’s not just the sea that hooks attention in Folkestone, but also the stunning beauty of pictorial hills and friendly people. Also, the town has a lovely 19th-century funicular railway which used to transfer visitors from the top of the hill to the coastal park and beach below.

How to get there?
16 and 17 bus routes from Canterbury bus station

London

From the London Eye and the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, London boasts many iconic locations that are a must-see for any sightseeing trip. Even better, many London landmarks are free to visit, while others are available with discounted entry or special offers.

You could even have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London  – The Making of Harry Potter. See first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films, and step inside some of the films’ locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s hut.

How to get there?
From Canterbury West Station, London is less than an hour away by high-speed train. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is based at Leavesden Studios, a 20-minute train journey from London’s Euston station.

Brussels

No wonder, the University of Kent decided to open a school specializing in Political Science and International Relations right in the heart of the European political capital. The city is famous for having unique architecture, beautifully combining historic and modern styles, and a thriving café scene, making it a great place to spend a weekend. Spend the day enjoying the iconic 17th-century architecture, street-art masterpieces and do not forget to buy some famous Belgian chocolate on your way home.

How to get there?
From Canterbury West Station to Ashford International, then transfer to the Eurostar train to Brussels

Paris

As a world capital, The City of Lights offers a vibrant, multi-cultural environment which attracts students from all over the world. No wonder the University of Kent chose to establish its School of Arts and Culture in the city. Explore new areas, discover fashion boutiques, bakeries, bookshops, pick up food from one of the many local markets or eat out at some of the excellent restaurants and relax in one of the city’s beautiful gardens.

There are also lots of organized activities, including open-air film screenings, festivals of art, music, and food, and seasonal sporting activities such as ice-skating and beach volleyball. If you’re around in the summer, head for the temporary ‘beaches’ along the River Seine. If you want to explore further afield, why not take the train to the magnificent Palace of Versailles, or visit the city of Lyon where the Lumiere brothers invented the cinematography.

How to get there?
From Canterbury West Station to Ashford International, then transfer to the Eurostar train to Paris.

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