Kent is known as the garden of England because of its plush green rolling hills and picturesque countryside. It borders Greater London making it an ideal spot to explore the capital on day trips saving money on expensive city accommodation. The county itself has much to explore including historic towns, coastal thrills, outdoor pursuits and great shopping. Canterbury and Rochester both offer the English blend of historic and modern, offering cultural heritage and retail therapy in one package. You are never far from beautiful coastline or lush countryside and with its many other attractions, a dash in either direction keeps you ahead of the infamous British weather.
Places to go in Kent
Starting at the coast, Kent has many quaint coastal towns including Deal, Folkstone and Chatham, each with their own particular story to tell. Chatham is famous for its historic dockyard and also has the fascinating Dickens World – a complex entirely themed around the life and work of Charles Dickens. Deal is one of the prettiest seaside towns in the UK, with a matrix of tiny streets where stories of smugglers are told and hosts some surprisingly good shopping. Each has its own character but all serve great seafood and a healthy dose of fresh South-East sea air. If history is more your thing then there are plenty of castles and cathedrals. Canterbury and Rochester are among some of the most impressive however Dover Castle with its recently transformed Great Tower is fascinating. Other attractions are the many museums and galleries, most themed around the heritage of the county, for something more exotic head to Quex Museum in Birchington which has a collection of tribal artefacts.
Our Top Picks in Kent
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Folkstone has benefitted from a regeneration scheme and is now one of the best coastal attractions on the South East. It boasts the award-winning Lower Leas Coastal Park which has the biggest adventure playground in south east England. In addition, the bubbling historic high street is home to the creative quarter where artists have their studios and sell their work. Nearby are the historic port town of the Hythe, steeped in maritime heritage, and the wild Romney Marsh, rich with desolate natural beauty.
Battle of Britain Museum
Kent has a rich history of aviation and played a significant role in defending the British Isles during the Second World War. The Battle of Britain Museum brings this period to life and offers insight into life on an RAF airbase during wartime, with a range of aircraft, vehicles, weapons, flying equipment, prints and relics from fallen aircraft. There are a number of other aviation attractions including the RAF Manston Museum and the Shoreham Aircraft Museum.
Hever Castle and Gardens
This ancient castle is among the many spectacular sites that should be experienced in Kent. It has an active calendar of events teaching about the history of the castle and British cultural heritage. Maypole dancing, jousting tournaments, archery and falconry events are organised all year round in line with the school holidays. Other gatherings are organised too, such as Halloween themed days and classic car shows, ensuring there is something for everyone.
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