Westgate Gardens, Canterbury 3471

Canterbury, England, Kent, Canterbury

Brief Description

Westgate Gardens has 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of public gardens set around Tower House, a medieval bastion constructed to defend Canterbury's city wall. The garden features two war memorials and a wide variety of planting. Of special interest is a 200 year old 25 feet (7.6 metre) wide Oriental Plane (Platanus orientalis) which is believed to have 'absorbed' a circular iron seat which used to stand around it.

History

The gardens were laid out around a private house in 1886. The site was presented to the City by Stephen and Catherine Williamson in 1936.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal park for general public use. Please see: http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/buildpage.php?id=400#westgate

Detailed Description

The Westgate Gardens, by the Westgate, Canterbury, were presented to the City by Stephen and Catherine Williamson in 1936. The heady mix of medieval architecture and ornamental gardens on ether side of the gentle River Stour is a beguiling attraction for many visitors.

The Tower House incorporates a 14th-century tower of the city wall and is the focus of a garden first made 100 years ago. This is full of horticultural interest with colourful bedding, shrubs and climbers, roses and rock walls. The complement of older trees, which includes a venerable oriental plane, is being supplemented with new specimens. A walk follows the River Stour upstream beyond the children's playground.

Features
  • Tower (featured building)
  • House
  • Description: The Tower House incorporates a 14th-century tower of the city wall and is the focus of a garden first made 100 years ago.
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  • War Memorial
  • Description: There are two war memorials.
  • River
  • Description: The River Stour flows through the site.
  • Specimen Tree
  • Description: Of special interest is a 200 year old 25 feet (7.6 meter) wide Oriental Plane (Platanus Orientalis) which is believed to have 'absorbed' a circular iron seat which used to stand around it.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal park for general public use. Please see: http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/buildpage.php?id=400#westgate
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