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Howletts Wild Animal Park & Canterbury

  • Destination: UK - England
  • Duration: 1 day

This private zoo was established in 1957 by John Aspinall near Canterbury and is known for being different from other animal parks by encouraging close personal relationships between the staff and animals. It also breeds rare and endangered species. Inside the park you can see the largest breeding herd of African Elephants and Lion-Tailed Macaque in the UK. It also has some of the largest family groups of Western Lowland Gorilla in the world. School groups will leave this park with a smile having seen one of the best animal parks in the UK.

For a small city Canterbury is a very interesting city, not just for first time visitors but also for those interested in the history of England. The Romans first built the city walls and it was here that St. Augustine brought Christianity to these islands nearly 1500 years ago. It is here that the battles between the church and the monarchy have been fought out shaping the structure of how England is ruled and governed.

There are many historical buildings to see from the Norman castle to the impressive West Gate. You will find plenty of shopping streets filled with pubs and restaurants offering a chance to refresh before learning about the city’s rich history.

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Day 1

Morning: Depart from school and travel to Howletts Wild Animal Park.

Afternoon: Upon arrival your group will gain admission to visit Howletts Wild Animal Park. Enjoy seeing rare and endanged animal species and close encounters with these creatures. Afterwards, travel to Canterbury and visit Canterbury Cathedral (site of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 & seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England) Afterwards, enjoy the city of Canterbury at your leisure. Visit Canterbury Castle, St. Augustine’s Abbey, St. Martin’s Church and much more.

Evening: Depart from Canterbury in the early evening and travel back to school. End of tour.

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