Wingham Wildlife Park in Kent – the garden of England – originally opened in 1986 as a bird park. Since then, the park has grown to accommodate a huge variety of animals, including big cats, reptiles and meerkats. To enjoy a full day at the park, we’ve picked out some of the area’s best and most conveniently located hotels, all bookable with Culture Trip.
This quaint inn sits just a 15-minute walk away from Wingham Wildlife Park. There are eight individually-styled rooms – one of which is home to an impressive four-poster bed – with a family suite ideal for larger groups. A real highlight is the cosy ground floor gastropub – a top spot for Sunday lunch – where vegetarian and vegan options sit alongside the classics. On the drinks front, there’s a speciality gin bar and a slew of local ales on offer.
Burrow yourself away in this hipster-chic inn, located in the scenic village of Ickham just six minutes by car from Wingham Wildlife Park. The historic property has a cosy atmosphere: the ground floor pub is decked out with exposed brick walls, faux fur throws, a low, beamed ceiling and an open fire. On the accommodation front, there are four stylish rooms named after famous chefs. Stein features access to the pub’s sun terrace through its own private double patio doors, with views over the garden to the countryside beyond.
Feel right at home at this warm and welcoming Canterbury spot. With plenty of attractions right on the doorstep and the wildlife park less than 20 minutes away by car, you’re perfectly positioned to the best of Kent. There are six rooms available, ranging from a single for solo travellers to a superior king size ideal for couples. Start your day with the B&B’s delicious cooked breakfast, with options available for those with special dietary requirements. Other perks include a small garden and free parking.
Right in the centre of Canterbury, you’ll get a real taste of town life staying at this bed and breakfast. There are just three bedrooms in the property, with guests rating the cleanliness and comfortable beds. The friendly hosts also get top marks whilst communal areas include a dining room and lounge perfect to sink into after a day of exploring. If you’re planning to visit Wingham Wildlife Park, it’s around 15 minutes away by car.
Revel in a sense of grandeur and space at this redbrick Victorian townhouse. The privately-owned property offers guest rooms and serviced apartments for long term stays. There are two one-bedroom apartments in the main house and eight two-bed cottages set amid the leafy grounds. All cottages and apartments include private parking and fully equipped kitchens. If you’re travelling with children, the gardens make for a great spot for them to burn off some energy. Other features include a sun terrace – where you can relax with a drink from the bar – and two hot tubs sheltered by pagodas. If you’re looking to venture farther afield, the hotel is a short walk from the historical city centre of Canterbury and 15 minutes from the wildlife park by car.
Slick and seductive interior design runs throughout this 15th-century coaching inn, which benefits from a central Canterbury location. From the cosmopolitan cocktail bar to the individually designed rooms, all of the spaces are worthy of an Instagram snap or two. While the fixtures and furnishings have a luxuriously modern feel, the building’s original features have been carefully preserved with beamed ceilings and sash windows among the mix. The hotel also prides itself on having the best pizza in town, with moreish thin-crust recipes available throughout the weekend. There’s also the option of going bottomless, with free-flowing bubbles to wash it all down.
History buffs will be in their element at this property dating back to 1438, with sloping floors and crooked doors all adding to the charm. There are 25 rooms in total whilst the hotel also offers a small library, a lounge and a bar where you can unwind after a day’s sightseeing.
Looking for more inspiration in the area? We’ve narrowed down the best hotels and the best B&Bs in Canterbury so you can confidently book your next stay on Culture Trip. Don’t forget to also tick the top things to do and see in Canterbury off your bucket list.
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