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- Amazing, truly amazing. Lost for words really, if you haven't been here you must go! Nice grounds too. Right in the centre of town.Written August 6, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited the Howletts Wild Animal Park in Bekesbourne on a midweek day in July. We had driven here and there is ample free parking available for visitors. Visiting during the school holidays, we expected that the park would be busy but it did not seem crowded although this was on the day of a national train strike and the weather was sunny.
On paper, a day out here is not a cheap visit, but entrance fees can be reduced if you book in advance (we booked as close the evening before), and also there is a lot to see and do though as with most animal attractions, nothing can be guaranteed. It may also depend on what value the individual visitor places on animal conservation in the current global climate.
This was our first visit post the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions and we were interested to see how the park had changed. As you enter the park, there is a list of organised talks and we noted down the various time of those that interested us. First up was the Gorillas talk, and unfortunately due to the ongoing risk of them contracting Covid, the public are now kept slightly further away from the enclosures than before. In addition, the second Gorilla enclosure in the lower park is now closed to visitors’ altogether. Nevertheless, our talk was quite informative and we moved off to find the Rhinos and the Elephants.
The Elephants are a personal favourite of my wife’s and she is one of the public ‘sponsors’ of these majestic animals. Again we had very informative talk here. Apparently the herd is to be moved back to Africa later this year and whilst understanding the sentiment, it will be a shame not to be able to see these gentle creatures up close in the future, especially we think for coming generations of children.
We spent most of the day wandering around the various enclosures as this is the best way to see some of the animals who tend to be sleeping at different times. That said of the popular attractions, we failed to see any of the Lima’s despite visiting the area twice, the Honey Badger or the European Bison that used to roam a large paddock. I was able to see a Tiger and Lion(s), (my own personal favourites), late afternoon as this seems to be the time that they appear.
In addition to the animals, there is a woodland walk with some static examples of animals from prehistory, there is a good description of each animal including pronunciation of Latin name and we also noticed that a translation into French was included for overseas visitors. Midway around the park, there is a very good restaurant / café where visitors may get anything from hot food to drinks and snacks and there is a good amount of outdoor seating and also a sizable children’s play area.
Visitor toilets are available around the park at frequent intervals and these are generally kept clean and serviceable.
All of the staff that we came into contact with seemed to be friendly, helpful and willing to answer any queries relating to the animals in the park. Still a favourite day out of ours, we will no doubt return in the future and also visit the ‘twin’ park at Port Lympne.Written August 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Gorgeous gardens with a stream/small river running though them.
Nice and relaxing. Pleasant walk on a lovely day.Written August 6, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I came upon this place by accident, I never really knew it was there. But finding the weather a bit wet and horrible, my daughter and I decided to have a nose.
Full of interesting exhibits and there were lots of things to do for my little one while I looked around.
She enjoyed the interactive toys while I looked at the art and displays.
Well worth a look in my opinion and lovely that it is free!Written August 5, 2022
- Marlowe was very good but lately its gone up-market with some of its shows and got expensive. Their no refund policy is harsh, they at least could give you a credit to use. The reason was unable to go to a show as husband in hospital and they would not help at all so lost £99.00. Also the good shows like that'll be the day they won't invite back anymore which is a great shame as was very popular.Written April 18, 2022
- Perfect afternoon visit. Take the audio guide, it makes for a very detailed and informative tour. Very impressive site!Written June 25, 2022
- All over the city it's history. This is no exception and lovely monument/gateway. Feel part of history.Written May 22, 2022
- What a contrast between St Martins, the oldest church in the English speaking world and its famous neighbour just down the hill. We were made to feel very welcome to come in and look round & were provided with informative fact sheets. Contrast that with the big church where bouncers are on the doors extracting money from unsuspecting pilgrims. Well worth a walk up the hill to see this lovely little church.Written June 12, 2022
- A lovely little gem, that you can easy walk past, if you don't see it, the museum itself is well worth a visit .Written November 18, 2021
- The towers were originally built in 1308 making them both medieval and incredibly rare. The sense of atmosphere and creepiness is very real, and the little museum is very interesting, with some rare military and other artifacts.
Highly recommended for a short visit, along with the wonderful escape rooms.Written March 20, 2022
- A very interesting museum which gathers together objects mostly from the Canterbury area illustrating how the city developed under the Romans, a bit of what went on before and how Second World War bombing allowed discovery of a whole lot more.
There is good pictorial reconstitution of how the town must have looked and also nicely separated areas, with artifacts and models of individuals, explaining how people lived and worked. Finally there are in situ mosaics and a hypocaust before you climb back up to street level. There is also a lift.Written July 3, 2022
- The Franciscan Gardens are a hidden gem on Canterbury High Street and well worth a visit for locals and visitors to the city. The area is much bigger than we imagined; you will see the 13th century Friary, the walled garden with vegetable patch, and the wildflower meadow. We visited last week and we will be back to see the meadow at the beginning of its life-cycle. The shop, which is the point of entry, also has some lovely objects for sale.Written July 30, 2022
- The gardens themselves are tidy but of little interest. The focus is the old castle motte with its spiral path to the top.Written March 26, 2022
- Great little park, obviously popular as it was very busy. The equipment was of good standard with a little grafitti of which was not suitable for little eyes
Toilets below standard, unfortunately.Written August 5, 2022
- Fascinating history, We highly recommend the guided tour! Very cheap entry ticket and the guided tour is free.Written July 29, 2022
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