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The Canterbury Tales*

Nestled in the heart of Canterbury since 1988, the long-running and well-loved visitor experience encapsulates Chaucer’s famous tales in an authentic and engaging way. 

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Getting there by bus...

Stagecoach runs buses from all around east Kent into Canterbury. There are frequent buses throughout the daytime from most towns and the city centre is right near the main bus station. Attend University of Kent? Jump on a Uni1 or Uni2 bus to the campus. Uni2 buses head back to the city centre until 4am! Plan your journey here.

 

 

Dover Castle*

Learn the history from the Romans to the Cold War by exploring the iconic, Dover Castle. Explore the great tower, underground hospital (seeing the dramatic journey of wounded WWII pilot fighting for his life) and medieval tunnels (designed to protect the vulnerable side of the castle from attack). The WWI Fire Command Post reveals the story behind this period in history. Experience historical events for yourself as the Dunkirk evacuation is made real by special effects and real film footage as you journey through the tunnels. Food and drink is available from eateries within the castle, offering snacks, sandwiches and hot food.

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Getting there by bus...

You’ll need Stagecoach bus route 80 or 81 for Dover Castle. The buses serve the stop at the top of Castle Hill Road just a short walk from the pedestrian entrance to the castle. Route 80/81 buses run every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. The buses run from Dover town centre or from Deal and Sandwich. You can also get buses into Dover from Canterbury, Whitfield or Folkestone and connect the 80/81 bus in the town centre. To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

 

 

The Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning. 

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Getting there by bus...

If you're going to the Turner you need to get off at the bus stop by Cecil Square in the centre of Margate. The Turner is just a short walk from there. The number 8/8X bus from Canterbury runs every 30 minutes throughout the day on Monday to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays. You can also use the Thanet Loop bus if you're travelling from within Thanet. Loop buses run to and from Margate up to every 8 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 10 minutes on Sundays.To plan your bus journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

  

 

Ramsgate Tunnels

The UK’s largest networks of civilian wartime tunnels are open in Ramsgate. Your experience will start with a short film shown in a 150 year old Victorian Railway Tunnel. You will then head of on a guided tour down the air raid precaution tunnel. During your visit you will learn how the tunnels were built and how the town below the town evolved. Listen to stories of life underground and hear all about the “Mad Mayor” who saved the town. The tunnels offer a tea cafe providing you with lunch or a freshly baked cake. 

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Getting there by bus...

If you're going to the tunnels you can use route 9 from Canterbury or a Loop bus from within Thanet. On route 9 you'll need to use the bus stop by Granville Theatre on Victoria Parade. If you're travelling on the Loop you can use the bus stops on Wellington Crescent. Plan your journey here

 

 

The Dickens House Museum

The Dickens House Museum is a fascinating glimpse into the life of Charles Dickens, in the very home that was the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood’s house in David Copperfield. Delve deeper and you’ll find all sorts of intriguing artefacts, including Dickens’ own writing box and his letters about Broadstairs. 

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Getting there by bus...

If you're going to the museum you need to off at the bus stop by the Baptist Church on Queens Road. The Dickens House Museum is just a short walk from there down the High Street towards the beach. You use bus routes 9, 33 of the Loop. To plan your journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

 

 

Deal Castle*

Built by the order of King Henry VIII, Deal Castle is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of forts on the South Coast. Explore the castle from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. A permanent exhibition reveals how Henry VIII’s fears for the safety and security of his realm shaped the country’s defences and his own married life. With displays, audio and children’s activities supported by contemporary artefacts, discover the rich and varied history of the castle alongside the stories of the people who lived and worked there.

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Getting there by bus...

You'll need Stagecoach bus route 12 or 90 for Deal Castle. The buses serve North Barrack Road just a short walk from the pedestrian entrance to the castle. To plan your journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

 

 

Whitstable Castle and Gardens

Whitstable Castle or Tankerton Towers as it was first called started life as a residence for the Pearson family in the late 1790s and over its long history, it has been developed and improved by successive owners. Whitstable Castle is a five minute walk from the harbour.  

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Getting there by bus...

You'll need to catch a Triangle bus for Whitstable Castle. Buses run up to every 15 minutes from Canterbury to Herne Bay. The buses serve Beach Walk which is just a short walk away from the pedestrian entrance to the castle. To plan your journey, use the Stagecoach journey planner here

 

 

*2FOR1 offers when you travel by bus! 

We've teamed up with Visit Kent and Visit 1066 Country to give you access to great offers on top days out in Kent and East Sussex. All you have to do to qualify is travel by bus!

Top attractions are offering 2FOR1 offers and discounts for days out including Canterbury Cathedral, Dreamland Margate, Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, Leeds Castle and many more! 

Download your voucher, hop on the bus and show your unirider pass to take advantage of these great offers! You can find out more about our exclusive 2FOR1 offers here