The Evenhill

62 The Hill, Littlebourne, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1TA, United Kingdom
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Canterbury in the Winter

by HRHMychael

Is it wise to take a gourp trip to Canterbury in the early winter so as to avoid the summer time crowdedness? Also, regarding the gardens in Canterbury are they only in bloom in the spring and the rest of the time deftly unattractive, or are there seasonal winter flowers that replace the spring flowers? (in other words how does the west gate garden look in the winter) Also, another question, are there any places (other than climbing west gate) where you can get a good view of the city from up high?


Re: Canterbury in the Winter

by zuriga

I was in Canterbury about 2 weeks ago. It was a lovely, sunny day and in the 50's. I don't remember seeing lots of plants blooming, but what people don't realize is that the south of England stays green even in winter... the grass doesn't get brown so it always looks quite nice. Canterbury does get a lot of tourist, so it's probably a good idea to go at a different time than everyone else. I'd think late September or October, even early November could be idea. If you want to see a few pics.. they're on my Canterbury page.

Re: Re: Canterbury in the Winter

by henneth

Early Winter (late December,early January) will be the least attractive time to visit if you want to see colur. It can also be fairly busy with Christmas shoppers and vacationers, especially from Down Under who are having their summer break. Late January and February will be much quieter and Spring flowers will be in bloom. It seems to be earlier and earlier each year. I saw cherry blossom and crocuses out in bloom over in Bath on January 10th!
Expect daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses and blossom on some smaller trees in the Westgate gardens and Dane John. In fact as an alternative viewpoint you can walk the walls over to Dane John mound and climb that. In the Winter the leafless trees give you a glimpse of the Cathedral unavailable in the Summer.

Re: Re: Canterbury in the Winter

by chrishc

Canterbury is always nice. The daffs and crocuses are ontheir way out now and will be in bloom soonand yes it is a little less crowded in the winter, but there is always a warm welcome.

Travel Tips for Canterbury

The Nave...

by coceng

First : The Nave;
It's one of the most magnificent surviving examples of English Gothic architecture...
It was all begun in 1377, probably designed & excuted under the direction of master mason Henry Yevele...
Impressive ! Truly impressive !...
The height of the gothic churches in the late Middle Ages often created problems for their architects, especially when it came to supporting a heavy central tower...
John Wastell solved this problem by bracing the crossing of The Nave with relieving arches & the use of graceful bars of intricately fretted stoneworks...
Like you see the 'bridge' like structure between the arches on my photo ?
That's what I'm talking about...

Kent hockey

by deeper_blue

Canterbury is home to 2 hockey teams, the all conquering Canterbury, like the Man Utd of the hockey world and the UKC team, who I had the (mis)pleasure of sharing a house with. Those were the days. A Drinking horn

More Icecream

by Mariajoy about Maria's

These are the scrummy icecreams we had on a terrifically hot day in Canterbury. Icecream - Mine is the Rum and Raisin and P had the Mint Choc Chip - mine was yummiest :))

Petra tried to get a freebie by telling the woman serving that *her name is Maria - do we get a free icecream??*

*Good try* was her response :))


by kentishgirl about Olive Grove

A good place for lunch - take a seat upstairs, near to the window in summer and people watch from above!

We just held our Crimbo works party here! They had a menu 3 course plus Coffee for only £19.95 per person. This menu was set, but gave you a huge selection on all three courses.

There are Veggie, Meat and Fish dishes to choose from here in abundance. Pasta is always good, as is the risotto.

At our recent Crimbo meal I started with the Melon wrapped in Parma Ham with Mozarella - served on a bed of Rocket...the cheese was soooooo fresh it was beautiful! I then ate the Red Snapper for mains and Tiramisu to finish - I must admit Ive had better tiramisu but this was one huge portion!

Arriving at Canterbury

by Jenniflower

Park and Ride is one option to get to Canterbury... we took this option and found it very useful :)

It is frequent, is excellent value for money and easy to use. For just £1.70 per car, you (and all your passengers can jump onto the shuttle bus departing every 15 minutes or so from the car park. It was a great help to us!


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