St Augustine's Abbey
Part of the Canterbury World Heritage site, this is considered by many as the birthplace of Christianity in England. Visit the fascinating museum and take the free interactive audio tour.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Most of the building and grounds is accessible by wheelchair (assistance recommended). Steps to crypt & Campanile mound, stone, gravel & wood walkways (no ramps or lift)
- Facilities: Tour transcripts
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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