Reculver Country Park


Reculver Country Park

The unmistakable Reculver towers (owned and managed by English Heritage) mark a place important for its history, archaeology, geology and wildlife.

Key Habitats:

Cliffs, beach, cliff-top grassland


Canterbury City Council, Kent Wildlife Trust


26 ha


Special Protection Area, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Country Park



Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Access
  • Waymarked Trail
  • Interpretation Panels
  • Education Pack

About the Site

The geology of the sandstone cliffs is fascinating, and visitors can see how erosion and coastal protection has shaped this landscape. It was the threat of cliff erosion that persuaded local people to demolish their parish church in the 19th century, leaving only the towers, as a guide to ships. Further back in time, Reculver had been an important settlement, first established as a Roman fort, then the site of an Anglo-Saxon monastery, and later a thriving medieval village. Visitors can enjoy cliff top walks or look for the wildlife inhabiting the cliffs and beach. This is a good site to see coastal birdlife and seashore plants and invertebrates. In the Kent Wildlife Trust visitor centre there are displays, leaflets and other information about all aspects of the site.


By car

The country park is signposted from the A299 Thanet Way – follow signs to the main car park

By bus

Route numbers 7, 7A and 36 from Canterbury go past the country park

By bike

National Cycle Route 15 passes through the site

Transport Links to this site

  • Bus

Reculver Country Park Photo Gallery

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