Best Beaches Near Canterbury

Summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean Kent’s beautiful beaches are defunct. A nice stroll along a blowy beach is perfect to clear your head of uni stresses.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 great beaches near Canterbury, all within the Stagecoach ‘Dayrider ticket’ range.


Estimated travel time: 1 hour by bus from Canterbury.

Sunny Sands beach in Folkestone is popular for swimming and kayaking as well as being a hub of seaside activity.

Leas Cliff Hall often has something going on, from theatre shows and touring music artists such as Frank Turner to comedy shows from Joe Lycett and Joe Pasquale. The Lower Leas Coastal Park in Folkestone is also vibrant with charming walks along the beach and gardens.

Folkestone’s refurbished Harbour Arm offers live music from local talents, as well as places to enjoy a drink or two and a range of multi-cultural culinary delights.


Estimated travel time: 1 hour by bus from Canterbury.

This stoney beach is just along from Folkestone and is very popular for its ice cream, laid-back vibe and canal.

Whether you want to play tennis, bowls, sample the coffee shops or row down the canal with your friends, Hythe has a lot of activities to fill the day.

Rio’s ice cream van is also known for doing very good rates for delicious ice creams.

Brockhill Country Park is approximately a 5 minutes away and is a nice destination for a relaxing walk or picnic amongst the wildlife.


Estimated travel time: 2 hours by bus from Canterbury.

A stone’s throw from St Mary’s Bay, this intimate destination is a popular sandy haven featuring a mini amusement park complete with bumper cars, twister and indoor arcade.

The town is small, but there are plenty of places to get the all important ice-creams.

If you want to venture away from the sea, you could feed an alpaca for £5 and browse the gift shop at Alpaca Annie.

Camber Sands

Estimated travel time: 1.5 hours by bus and train combined from Canterbury.

This part of the coast is extremely popular for it’s luxuriously soft sand dunes which are perfect for Instagram photos.

If you are looking for something more fast paced, there is a Go-Kart track in Lydd, roughly 13 minutes away.

Camber is very peaceful, but keep an eye on the tide as it is known to come in very quickly.


Estimated travel time: 1 hour by bus from Canterbury.

Whitstable beach is an intimate destination, known for it’s liveliness, seafood and community.

The town is equipped with bars, shops and there are market stall huts along the harbour which offer unique trinkets.

There is graffiti art on the high street from the allusive ‘Catman’ and oysters to enjoy both on the beach and in the town.

Stagecoach Dayrider tickets are £5.00 for under 19s and £7.00 for adults and is valid for one day’s unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses in the South East region (excluding Brighton).

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