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Westgate Towers

1 Pound Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BZ, England
+44 1227 458629
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It is a beautiful and imposing gate welcoming visitors to Canterbury. Other than that, there is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
JoanJh
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Saratoga, California
gtrat welcome building as you arrive into canterbury west station

great welcome building as you enter the city of canterbury from canterbury west train staion... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Michael T
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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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The Westgate is a medieval gatehouse approximately 60 foot (18m) high and is the largest surviving city gate in England. Built of Kentish ragstone c1380, it is the last surviving of Canterbury's 7 medieval gates, one of Canterbury's iconic landmarks. The Tower is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed. Visitors can explore its rich history and take in the spectacular views of the city from the battlements viewpoint. Also part of the museum are the original felons' cells built c1830 in the gaol extension and the c1907 police station cells on the ground floor as part of The Pound Bar & Kitchen. Look out for the black 'History Discs' located on all floors which give more information on the former uses of each space over the years.
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1 Pound Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BZ, England
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"small museum"
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"westgate area"
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"man working"
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"small entry fee"
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"police station"
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"interesting displays"
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"surrounding buildings"
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"high street"
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"interesting place"
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"beautiful architecture"
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"canterbury tales"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a beautiful and imposing gate welcoming visitors to Canterbury. Other than that, there is not much to see.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

great welcome building as you enter the city of canterbury from canterbury west train staion located at the end of canterburys main shopping street

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's amazing how something historical like these towers makes a place feel even more quaint. Canterbury is a lovely city and its great to see some history behind it too.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This gate is the first thing of interest you see when you enter the city, next to the canals it’s a great start to your trip!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kind of a must see, the gate is big and impressive. At the end of the shopping street and convenient to pay a visit.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

If you're arriving from Canterbury West train station and walking towards the city, it's pretty hard to miss this gate. It's big and it's round and pretty well preserved. It's so big, it really gives a sense of how important Canterbury must've been, back in...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

my wife and I visited the pound,bar and restaurant and discovered that if you keep your food receipt you have free entry to the museum and battlement which is valid for the next day as well.What a view of the high st.and St Dunstans.The bar...More

Thank John W
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Interesting to see, good to be able to actually touch exhibits, especially when you realise how heavy the shackles are! Criminals were not dealt with as softly as today! A member of staff answered our questions and was clearly passionate about the history.

1  Thank TrishShortland
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

I've passed through and by this since I was a child and always loved it. Pity some of the surrounding buildings are bit of a letdown in comparison. Great back drop for a picture or two.

1  Thank geoff r
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

We visited the Westgate Towers museum while in Canterbury. The museum is small but interesting. Westgate Towers is the only gate of the original towers and gates still standing of the original entrances to the city of Canterbury. Again, his is an interesting but small...More

Thank ArtPhemister
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