I passed by the Westgate Gardens yesterday on a mad dash into town in my lunch hour!
You just know that summer is coming when kids are splashing around in the river, Flowers are in full bloom, people are sitting on the benches and groups laying on the grass.........ah bliss!
Many of my summer lunch hours are spent here in the Westgate Gardens, feet in river, bum on lawn, book in hand, sarnie in mouth!
Very clean and well maintained - if visiting in spring or summer - def stop along here.
Before I come to Canterbury , Itold Ali that I wanna visit thi sgarden and that garden, but she said its better if we dont go too far coz my schedule is tight . So we went to the West Gate Garden after strolling in the middle of the town , exploring the World Herirtage Sites, had typical English lunch.
And my God , you will not believe what a beautiful garden this place is. I was totally mesmerised , the flowers , the colours and of course the setting. ( we scared away a number of couples with our VT picture snapping mania LoL , guess they are a little camera shy , hey after all didnt they know they get to be seen by almost 500,000 VT maniac around the world ? )
let me tell ya something, if you miss this place, you have not come to Canterbury !
( If you have time you should also visit this garden )
Connoisseur's gardens around the remains of an Elizabethan mansion created by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicholson who lived there. Famous for its roses in June and Jul
A very pleasant park, and a nice place to avoid the hurly burly of the City Centre. As the plaque in the second picture shows, the gardens were laid out and donated to the public in 1936 by a very philanthropic chap called Williamson, whose family had lived in the adjoining Tower House for 50 years and in Canterbury itself for 150.
The building is now used as the Mayor's office and is not generally open to the public.
In Summer, this is a wonderful retreat from the bustling streets with trees and shrubs providing shelter from the sun. You can venture on a punting tour on the river Stour. Some fish under the water's surface and quite many mosquitoes above it :-)
Canterbury is very well looked after by the local council and this flowerbed is one example of the care that is taken in this city.
Canterbury is a very colouful city and these gardens near the Westgate are no exception.
You can even hire somone to take you on a trip up the river on a punt.