Canterbury has to head the list only miles away, with its spectacular Cathedral providing some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass windows in the country. Canterbury also has a popular tourist attraction Canterbury Tales set in Medieval England featuring 5 of Chaucer’s famous tales. There is also a Roman Museum and a good selection of interesting shops.
Margate is attracting a new following in the tourist industry providing The Turner Gallery which is a free facility holding various interesting exhibitions throughout the year. Dreamland is also in Margate, a heritage amusement park recreating the Great British Amusement experience! Margate also has a spectacular sandy beach and enjoys wonderful sunsets appreciated by Turner.
Dover is a really popular visit, in particular the castle which is an English Heritage attraction. There are miles of corridors and tunnels and the World War 2 facility within the White Cliffs which is very nostalgic for those that experienced the hostilities. Walks along the White Cliffs with views of France on a clear day are unforgettable.
A fascinating area which is England’s newest piece of land made from chalk excavated from the Channel Tunnel. This Nature Reserve now grows several rare species including Bee Orchids.
East Kent boasts four nationally famous wildlife parks. Howletts, only 4 miles from Leveret Lodge was established by John Aspinall. It offers a wild day out like no other and you can discover gorillas, primates, big cats, small cats, elephants and more.
Port Lympne Reserve is a ‘sister’ attraction to Howletts run by the same foundation. At Lympne you can have a safari experience with African species and the herd of wild ponies and Lions are internationally renown.
Wingham Wildlife Park only 4 miles from Leveret Lodge, has become a firm favourite especially amongst the younger families with a soft play centre invaluable in poor weather.
Wildwood completes the picture illustrating British indigenous species . The centre runs breeding programmes resulting in endangered species being reintroduced back into the wild. An easy way to see species such as red squirrel and water vole.
With East Kent having sea on three sides, there is a large choice of beaches within easy access of Leveret Lodge. A family favourite is Minnis Bay, only 9 miles from Leveret Lodge with adequate Free Parking and a combination of stone and sand. It is important to consult the Tide Tables as this beach changes from tiny to huge dependant on the state of the tide. We could also recommend Westgate, Botany Bay, Joss Bay and Broadstairs.
Stodmarsh Nature Reserve
Last but by no means least, our local jewel, Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. Leveret Lodge is situated close to the boundary and you can access this reserve by foot from the Lodge. Famed for several unusual species, namely Bittern, Long tailed Tits, Willow Tits, Hen Harrier there is a lovely circular walk and several hides. To hear a booming Bittern could be the highlight of the holiday?!