Canterbury in Kent is served by two stations, with Canterbury West being the main and busier of the two. Both Canterbury West and Canterbury Easy are within an easy walk of the historic shopping centre of Canterbury - ideal for a day visit. Several bus routes stop at the stations and provide links to different parts of Canterbury as well as the coast at Whitstable. There is also a cab office outside the station. Trains into Canterbury West are operated by Southeastern Trains and it is on the high speed line which runs from London St. Pancras through Ashford in Kent. Trains come into Canterbury West from London Charing Cross via Ashford and Sevenoaks and from Margate through Ramsgate. Canterbury East, also operated by Southeastern, has two trains an hour to Dover and two trains an hour to London Victoria.
Canterbury itself is a historic town within easy reach of beautiful countryside and the coast at Whitstable and Herne Bay. Any visit to the city must start with the cathedral, the oldest in England, which is at the heart of the town. Parts of the cathedral date back to the 11th century; look out for the stained glass medieval windows illustrating stories about St. Thomas, its patron saint. For a breath of fresh air, spend some time in the Westgate Gardens, where eleven acres of park stretch along the banks of the River Stour. Families can enjoy a visit to nearby Howlett's Wild Animal Park set in vast ancient parkland.