Canterbury West railway station is the busier of the two stations in the small city of Canterbury, Kent, approximately 20 yards to the west of its neighbour, Canterbury East. Refurbished in 2009 and again in 2013, the station originally opened in the spring of 1846. In 1931 it was closed to passenger services, re-opening in 1961 with the introduction of electrified lines through the station. Today, Canterbury West runs regular services to London Victoria, London Charing Cross,Margate and Ramsgate and high-speed to London St Pancras.
The city of Canterbury is small by English standards; however, it has enjoyed a long and rich history. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, owing to the importance of St. Augustine, who served as the apostle to the Kingdom of Kent in the 7th century. Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the city's most popular landmark and is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of worshippers every year - as described in Chaucer's literary classic, The Canterbury Tales.
Canterbury West is also the nearest station to Wingham Wildlife Park, once you arrive at the station, it's just a 20-minute taxi or bus ride (take the number 43).
The station concourse lies adjacent to a daily farmers market, just off Station Road. The concourse houses a staffed ticket office, as well as several ticket machines. Platform 1, with its services to London Victoria, St Pancras and Charing Cross, is home to a small cafe, toilet facilities and fully enclosed waiting room. Platform 2, with services to Margate and Ramsgate, is accessible from platform 1 via either a lift or a raised walkway.