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Canterbury or whitstable

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Canterbury or whitstable

Hi, we are a family of 4, 2 adults and two under 5's. we are catching the ferry to calais on Saturday before drining across france and were planning on spending the Friday in the Kent region to break the journey. We should arrive around midday. Would it be possible to visit both Canterbury and whitstable in a day (we have heard both are lovely) and if so in which order? Is one more suited for the day or evening? We won't be doing a lot of shopping more a wander round, something fun for the kids (any ideas for this??) grabbing an evening meal Thanks

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1. Re: Canterbury or whitstable

Hi, you can easily do both in a day. I went to Whitstable for their oyster festival and was done in under 2 hrs with something to eat. Theres a bit more to see and do n Cantebury

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I am sure the children will be happiest in Whitstable because they can play on the beach.

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Depends on the weather. If sunny and dry, Whitstable. If cloudy and wet, Canterbury.

Parking in Canterbury on Saturdays is not very easy. You may have to use one of the park and ride facilities and come in by bus.

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As you are visiting Kent on a Friday (not Saturday), Whitstable should be relatively quiet (it's a different situation there on Saturdays) unless it's Oyster Festival weekend, and Canterbury is busy throughout the week especially in the summer.

No reason why you can't do both, Canterbury has lots of old backstreets to explore and several family-orientated museums to choose from for the daytime, in the evenings perhaps less of interest apart from those wanting to hit the pubs.

A visit to Whitstable essentially comprises of exploring the high street, enjoying the beachfront and taking in the harbour, not a lot else. If you're not that interested in Whitstable's independent shops and if its a fine evening perhaps do Canterbury first followed by Whitstable so you can have a seaside stroll, enjoy an alfresco drink at one of the beach bars and hopefully take in the sunset.

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I thought id post here to help future readers. I went to whitstable with my girlfriend for the weekend, but we didnt really like it, it was like a small brighton without the best bits (no pier, amusements, fun fair etc)....we took the bus to canterbury the next day and it was amazing, i loved the old buildings, loads of 'ye olde' style shops and pubs, and beautfiful scenery/parks. Go to canterbury!!!

Edited: 22 July 2013, 15:52
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I've done both in a day in the past. It was the middle of Winter and was still enjoyable. :)

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