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20 Attractions to Explore Near Saxon Shore Way

Saxon Shore Way
Saxon Shore WaySaxon Shore Way, Herne Bay, UK

The Saxon Shore Way is a long-distance footpath in England. The Way around the ancient coastline offers a diversity of scenery, from wide expanses of marshland bordering the Thames and Medway estuaries to the White Cliffs of Dover. Spectacular panoramic views follow the route along the escarpment of the old sea cliffs from Folkestone to Rye and from the sandstone cliffs of the High Weald at Hastings.

Nearby Attractions

Reculver Towers and Roman Fort
Reculver Towers and Roman Fort3.46 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Reculver Towers are a striking pair of 12th-century church towers built within a Roman fort on the very edge of the Wantsum Channel. The most dominant features of this site are the 12th-century towers of the former monastic church, which stand out on the skyline for miles around. Coastal erosion has brought the edge of the beach to the towers, which act as a navigation marker for shipping. Much of the site has now been lost to the sea.

Tankerton Beach
Tankerton Beach7.51 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Tankerton is a suburb of Whitstable in Kent in southeast England. It was designed in the late 19th century as the train network brought holidaymakers to the sea. A family haven of safe bathing pretty painted beach huts and sloping grassy banks. The Tankerton Slopes are popular with families during the summer, where they play in the green and swim in the sea. This Blue Flag Awarded Tankerton Beach is a perfect choice for those looking for safe bathing and sensational views.

St Martin's Church, Canterbury
St Martin's Church, Canterbury11.30 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

This is the oldest church in England that has been used continuously as a church since at least the 6th century and possibly since the 4th century under the Romans, as there is much Roman material in its walls. The churchyard contains the graves of many notable local families and well known people including the artist Thomas Sidney Cooper, RA and Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear.

Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral11.41 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. Its cathedral has been the primary ecclesiastical centre of England since the early 7th century CE. Before the English Reformation the cathedral was part of a Benedictine monastic community known as Christ Church, Canterbury, as well as being the seat of the archbishop.

Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint
Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint11.44 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Westgate was built during the One Hundred Years’ War to defend Canterbury from foreign incursion. It was the largest and arguably the finest of the country’s surviving medieval gateways. The 60-foot high stronghold did not stand alone, as it does now, but was approached vero a drawbridge across the River Stour, and flanked by impressive walls. It is the last survivor of Canterbury's seven medieval gates, still well-preserved and one of the city's most distinctive landmarks.

St Augustine's Abbey
St Augustine's Abbey11.45 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

St Augustine's Abbey was one of the most important monasteries in medieval England. One of Britain’s oldest remaining monastic sites, the abbey was originally built as a burial place for the kings of Kent. Much of the layout of the abbey has been preserved and its ruins can be seen around the grounds. After the abbey's dissolution, it underwent dismantlement until 1848. Since 1848, part of the site has been used for educational purposes and the abbey ruins have been preserved for their histori

Powell-Cotton Museum
Powell-Cotton Museum11.45 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park was established in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton to house natural history museum specimens and cultural objects collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa. The museum, which links to the ground floor of Quex House, now comprises nine galleries dedicated not only to the extensive collection of large mammals but to many artifacts representing the cultures and traditions of the locations Powell-Cotton visited.

Howletts Wild Animal Park ltd
Howletts Wild Animal Park ltd11.51 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent’s most successful and multi-award-winning animal park, offers visitors the chance to experience real conservation, throughout 2016. Explore a 90-acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family. It is also a breeding sanctuary for some of the rarest and endangered species in the world. With over 450 animals and over 50 individual species.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge11.53 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the heart of historic Canterbury. This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of events for all ages.

Canterbury Roman Museum
Canterbury Roman Museum11.56 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Canterbury Roman Museum is Kent’s only Roman Museum; providing a fascinating and family-friendly insight into life in Roman Britain. The museum was established in 1961, but it has been under threat of closure as of 2009. It houses many excavated artifacts from Roman Canterbury, including the important late Roman silver hoard known as the Canterbury Treasure, together with reconstructions of the Roman town.

Westgate Gardens
Westgate Gardens11.58 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

A small, attractive garden along the banks of the River Stour, at the west end of the old city walls of Canterbury. This beautifully landscaped Westgate Gardens will inspire visitors of all ages whether you are after a gentle stroll over a lunchtime or are escaping the hustle and bustle of city shopping. Enjoy the riverside walks from the medieval Westgate Towers located at the end of Canterbury city centre's bustling high street.

Wingham Wildlife Park
Wingham Wildlife Park11.64 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Wingham Wildlife Park is Kent's fastest-growing wildlife park, nestled just outside the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury, in Kent. This 26 acre wildlife park situated near Wingham, just seven miles from The Falstaff. The park houses big cats, otters, wolves, lemurs, monkeys, crocodiles and penguins to name a few. In 2011 the species count at the park reached 180 species, growing to over 200 in 2013 covering fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and birds.

Canterbury Castle
Canterbury Castle12.03 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Canterbury was fortified by the Roman in the third century AD. These walls were still standing in the late 1060s when the Normans built a motte-and-bailey fortification there. This was replaced with Canterbury Castle in the late eleventh century. The town walls were rebuilt in the fourteenth century. The large 80 feet high keep, the third largest in England after Dover and Rochester, was rebuilt in stone between 1086 and 1120 close to the Roman Worthgate.

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum14.06 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum is a unique site housing a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and the Hawker Hurricane IIC as well as a host of objects and artifacts which help tell the story of life in and around Ramsgate during WWII. It was officially opened on 13th June 1981 to house Spitfire TB752 and was the very first building to be erected on any RAF Station to house a gate-guardian aircraft.

Goodnestone Park Gardens
Goodnestone Park Gardens15.37 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

A beautiful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen. It has been described by various writers as 'the very heart of rural England', 'one of the loveliest gardens in Kent', 'a haven of beautiful tranquility hidden away in South East England. Today the park has a well managed Arts and Crafts garden echoing something of the original layout. There is a formal pool, a fine herbaceous border and a woodland garden.

Mount Ephraim Gardens
Mount Ephraim Gardens15.47 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Mount Ephraim Gardens is an Edwardian terraced garden located at Hernhill, near Faversham, in the English county of Kent. For over 300 years the Dawes family have lovingly cared for the country house and gardens and today they present one of the breathtaking spots in the southeast of England. Ten acres of classical gardens lie within an 800-acre farm with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The gardens are open to the public from April to September on Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Ho

Richborough Roman Fort And Amphitheatre
Richborough Roman Fort And Amphitheatre15.48 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Richborough is a key site in the history of Roman Britain, used during the entire length of the occupation from the invasion of AD 43 until the end of Roman rule around 410. . Explore the huge stone walls which mark the site of this Saxon Shore fortress, the rolling defensive ditches and impressive foundations showing the scale of this once bustling Roman settlement. The site is now under the care of English Heritage.

Margate Beach
Margate Beach15.76 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

This timeless beach with tidal pool, children’s rides and amusement arcades offer families traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Even if the tide is in there is still plenty of beach to make sandcastles. Restaurants, bars and seafood stalls are just a short walk away in the Old Town. It became a popular place for holidaymakers in the 18th century, owing to easy access via the Thames, and later with the arrival of the railways; popular landmarks include the sandy beaches and the Dreamlan

Dreamland
Dreamland15.78 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

Dreamland was one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks. Considered to be the oldest surviving theme park in Great Britain. it is home to lovingly restored vintage rides, as well as an outdoor event space big enough to attract huge names such as Gorillaz. The number of amusements at the park increased during the 1960s and 1970s, and in 1981 the site was sold to the Dutch Bembom brothers, who renamed it "Bembom Brothers White Knuckle Theme Park". The name remained until it reverted to Dreamland

The Scenic Railway
The Scenic Railway15.81 KMs away from Saxon Shore Way

The Scenic Railway at the 16-acre Dreamland amusement park in Margate, Kent dates back to the 1920s and, as such, is the oldest surviving roller coaster in the UK. It is one of just eight scenic railways in the world.