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“Enjoyable walk”
Review of Dane John Gardens

Dane John Gardens
Ranked #25 of 116 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Dane John is a great spot for a stroll. We went there several times. The view from the top of the hill is beautiful! A previous reviewer said that the kids in the park were a negative aspect. I actually think it is part of its charm. Yes - they are playing soccer, taking up benches, etc. However, they weren't really bothering anybody and kept to themselves. They were quite respectful. They livened up the park. While in the park I actually sent a text to my 15 year old son (who was back home in the US) and told him that I was in a park that he would love as the kids were playing a pick up soccer/football game! We also saw a band playing and a charity event going on. It just seems to be a major center for Canterbury and well utilized. For history buffs... there is a little green door almost directly across from the pavillion on the wall side of the park. There is a plaque mounted near the door that indicates this is where extra ammo was stored during WWII. It was a bit of WWII history - for free! The park is free and I wouldn't miss it. At least go and check out the view from the mound.

Thank GoBeagleGo
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Dane John gardens nestle behind the City Wall and link the Bus Station/Whitefriars shopping area and the Railway Station/Castle. The gardens are based around a tree-lined walk of pollarded Limes. Well maintained flower beds and an open grassed area sit infront of a set of imposing appartments, whilst on the opposite side of the path looms Dane John mound. The mound is a re-landscaped Roman burial mound and early castle (signage along the city wall covers the history of the gardens) and has paths leading up to a monument with good views out over the city.

In the summer there's a tea stand open, and the gardens are sometimes used for musical performances, food fayres etc. The Victorian bandstand is sadly largely unused.

It's a pleasant place to walkthough, away from the traffic fumes of the ring road, and the gardens are generally well maintained. Regularly spaced benches give you somewhere to rest your feet. There's a Peace Walk near the bus station end, with a large sculpture at the base of the slope up to the city wall. A fountain is in the centre of the park (regularly filled with foam by mischevious souls). Squirrels dart amongst the trees and are fairly approachable.

In the summer it can get busy with groups of youngsters ignoring the polite requests not to use it for ball games, and first thing in the morning it sometimes attracts drunks, who whilst generally minding their own business can occasionally beg aggressively. Normallythough it's a pleasant enough place to stroll.

Thank Man_about_Kent
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The Dane John Mound started out as a Roman cemetery, then was the site of the first Canterbury Castle built during the time of William the Conqueror in the 1100’s and finally the park it is today.

The term Dane John is based on a Norman word meaning fortification and also happens to be a family member’s name so we had to go and check it out. There were no activities the day we were there but, If you walk to the top of the mound to the Simmons Memorial, it will afford you a nice view of the city.

Thank LeeAnneCanada
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Great little park in the centre of Canterbury. Right by the city Walls. Delightful place to spend an hour or so recuperating after shopping in the town.

Thank Stephendeaves
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Lovely surroundings but always full of students from local University making a mess and a noise. Great location, next to the bus station and Whitefriars shopping

Thank Corey T
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