6 Best Places to visit in Kent County

Places to visit in Kent

Visit Kent, also known as the Garden of England, and located in the South East.

The most southeasterly of counties, Kent has some of England’s driest and warmest weather.

The Kent countryside is a dream of rolling hills with many a pretty town with beautiful gardens, shops, art galleries and restaurants serving beautiful food and drink.

A quick hour away from central London, Kent makes for an ideal breakaway.

From seaside towns with a slowed down, relaxed holiday feel to countryside unrivalled in natural beauty, this is a county that is well worth a visit!

Canterbury Cathedral

England’s Garden

Kent is a county with a rich history and many famous, wonderful places to visit. It is filled with attractions that are sure to provide a great spot to tour with the whole family.

There are many ideas of places to visit in Kent for a day trip.  One of our beautiful Kent escorts would be a perfect companion for all your adventures here, day or night!

You could pick fruit at orchards or ride on horseback over moors and downs covered by corns and windmills. Walk through many a high street with picturesque cobbled streets and lots of shops to visit.

Rochester High Street, Kent

History of Kent County

Kent is a wonderful place to experience many historical moments. Ancient Canterbury is alive with history lessons at play from Roman times.

Chaucer was inspired to write his Canterbury Tales here in the Middle Ages, while Christopher Marlowe wrote Elizabethan plays.  These links to giants of literature cements Kent’s place in arts and culture.

Chaucer statue in Canterbury, Kent

Visit the World Heritage site of Canterbury Cathedral. One of the oldest Christian sites in England, spanning back 1400 years, this magnificent site is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Canterbury Cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can take the journey of pilgrims past through the silent cloisters, see the Romanesque crypt and medieval stained glass.

The underground Canterbury Roman Museum has excavated and preserved mosaics floors and offers a look into a Roman townhouse.

World War Two history

Follow a coastal trail along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, which the National Trust calls a symbol of home and wartime defense.

Before the advent of air travel, these famous white chalk cliffs offered the first and last sight of the British Isle for travellers to Europe.

Situated just 25 miles from the French port of Calais, this town is intricately entwined with English history.

White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

During the Second World War, the large gun batteries built here formed a frontline against invasion, as it had done for centuries, guarding England against French invasion.

Dover also forms part of the Cinque Ports, an ancient alliance of ports formed for military and trade purposes. Largely ceremonial now, these ports are all located at the narrowest sea crossings to Europe across the English Channel.

National Trust sights

There are many beautiful National Trust properties and castles to see, providing excellent days out to experience the past of this special area of England.

 Scotney Castle

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this fairytale 14th century moated castle is surrounded by beautiful, romantic gardens to explore.

Scotney Castle

 

Chartwell

Found in Westerham, this site was once the home of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and visitors can explore whole place, including the house and the gardens.

Chartwell House, Westerham

 

Emmetts Garden

This Edwardian estate in Sevenoaks, standing on one of the highest spots and offering one of the best places for panoramic views over the unspoiled Weald as well as some great walking opportunities throughout the year. The outstanding natural beauty of the Weald is unsurpassed.

Emmetts Garden

Ightham Mote

This romantic Sevenoaks moated manor house was built nearly 700 years ago and it has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians.

Ightham Mote, Kent

 

South Foreland Lighthouse

Built in St Margaret’s Bay, this landmark Victorian lighthouse is situated on the famous White Cliffs of on the Strait of Dover.  It was the first in world history to display electric light, and still guides ships through the Channel today.

South Foreland Lighthouse, Dover, Kent

Fun days out

Many Kent attractions offer a wonderful day out with the best places to visit.

As much as the historical side of Kent offers visitors a walk through the English ages, there are many contemporary and exciting places to visit in Kent.

Kent certainly is a quaint English county, with big skies and wide horizons.

Just 30 minutes from London, Kent is ideal for a weekend break. Recharge and connect along  350-miles of beautiful shoreline  dotted with idyllic sandy and shingle beaches, chalk downland and haunting marshes.

Lose yourself in quintessential English villages of Ashford, Tenterden, Maidstone and Tonbridge, immerse yourself in the chic sophistication of Tunbridge Wells for a weekend, or explore the almost other-worldly coastal escapes of Swale.

Sample something new or rediscover the delights of the old – all right here in Kent!

Hever Castle

This medieval defensive castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII.  Hever Castle is steeped in wonder and offers many fun things to do for the whole family.

Hever Castle

The gardens are a sight to behold, offering mazes, miniature model houses and a playground.

Take a beautiful scenic lake walk and visit the Japanese Tea House, or have a boating adventure on the lake. Other entertainment includes a military museum, jousting events and archery and shield painting.

Leeds Castle

This stunning property in Maidstone is another wonderful offering of Kent countryside attractions. The castle dates back to 1119 and is set in over 500 acres of lush green parkland, perfect for scenic walks and picnics.

Leeds Castle

The architecture includes medieval gatehouses, Tudor towers and Norman foundations.

Entertain the kids on your next break with castle-themed playgrounds, a maze, falconry display events, and underground grotto, Segway tours, high wire course and a renowned pay-and-play golf course.

Dover Castle

The headquarters for the dramatic WWII evacuation of Dunkirk, where its many secret tunnels aided in the rescue of British and Allied soldiers.

Dover Castle is also known as the Key of England, due to its long history in defense of the country since 1066, resisting even the Napoleonic wars in the 1800s.

Buckmore Park Cart Circuit

A great Chatham option for a stag do or birthday party with a difference!

Visit and be thrilled with the daring 1000m international circuit. Any petrol head would be delighted!Buckmore Park karting

Canoe Wild

Try out kayaking along the River Stour as a gentle activity suitable for all experience levels. A family day out, or enjoying the beautiful scenery with friends!

Try out stand up paddle boarding as a new challenge, exploring rivers, seeing local wildlife up close and personal.

Pack a picnic and enjoy a day in the beautiful outdoors!

Canoe on River Stour, Kent

Spa Valley Railway

A steam train ride, starting in Royal Tunbridge Wells, is another fun idea of places to visit in Kent.

Take a scenic steam train ride through the beautiful Wealden country side from Tunbridge Wells to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge, all beautiful parts of South East England.

Have a beach day!

The spectacular coastline is a beautiful place to visit in Kent all year round for traditional seaside fun.

The area of Thanet comprising the seaside town of hipster magnet Margate, beautiful bohemian Ramsgate and folk festival haven Broadstairs, renowned for an abundance of the most blue flag beaches in the UK.

Margate offers old world seaside charm, as well as more modern options.

For 100 years, Dreamland Margate has delighted visitors with its vintage amusement park rides, including the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster, the Scenic Railway.

Live music, bars, restaurants and popup entertainment is sure to please all generations!

The Turner Contemporary Art Gallery is acclaimed internationally and offers a varied selection of modern art to suit al tastes.

The beautiful sandy beach offers romantic walks and a sunset that is worthy of a Turner painting.

Margate, Kent

Ramsgate is another historic Cinque Port, easily reachable form London, a mere 75 minutes on the HS1 rail service from St Pancras.

Ramsgate’s south facing Main Sand beach is easily one of the best in Kent, stretching all the way to Broadstairs’ Viking Bay. Ideal as a bucket and spade beach, or soaking up some summer sun!

At the same time in iconic White Cliffs Country, the coastal town of Deal, with its award-winning high street and unspoiled seafront along Kent’s coastline is frequently highlighted as one of England’s best places to live.

The picturesque views, pebbly beach, quaint fishermen’s cottages and winding cobbled streets, make Deal a gem of a little town. An arty, foodie and fairly undiscovered quality make Deal a wonderful day out.

Seaside fun

The North coast of Kent has the old-fashioned seaside resorts of Whitstable, which is an old fishing town and still has a working harbour.

The annual Whitstable Oyster Festival is a must do to experience the super fresh seafood and of course the world famous oysters!

Traditional Broadstairs is worth a visit, where sandy, sheltered Viking Bay is located, perfect for a relaxed day. See the nostalgic beach huts or let the kids enjoy some beach rides.

The many traditional fish and chip shops in town provide an excellent lunch.

Herne Bay offers a less crowded beach experience.

The Herne Bay Pier offers retail and entertainment and is a great place for a nostalgic walk.

Visit Wildwood to see over 200 native animals in natural enclosures, stretching over 40 acres of woodland.

Whitstable, Kent

Come visit in Kent!

Kent is truly the Garden of England, with breath-taking country side, stunning coastline, world-famous attractions and delicious food and drink.

Locations in Kent

Incredible locations are waiting to be discovered such as The White Cliffs of Dover, Leeds Castle, Hever Castle, the cathedral city of Canterbury, the historic complete dockyard in Chatham, Dreamland Margate and Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve.

All waiting for you to explore!

Vineyard experiences

Kent vineyard

There are about 50 wineries in Kent, where you can experience some of England’s finest wines.

Famous for award-winning sparkling wines, as well as one of Britain’s oldest brewers, Shepherd Neame.

One of Britain’s oldest brewers, Shepherd Neame is also located here. Known for traditional Kentish ales such as Spitfire, Master Brew and Bishops Finger, and also brewing award-winning lagers, this brewer is a fine example of British brewing.

Chapel Down alone produces almost a million bottles of wine a year. Open to the public year round, visitors can experience globally acclaimed sparking wine produced here.

The gins and vodkas are created from distilled English grapeskins and the finest botanicals, perfect for a tipsy day out!

Take a tour of one of Kent’s many vineyards to drink some English wine, or taste a proper British beer, you will not be disappointed!

Gastronomical adventures

Michelin star restaurants, gastro pubs, food festivals and farmers’ markets, you are spoiled for choice for foodie places to visit in Kent!

There are spectacular local dishes to be had, like the world famous Whitstable oysters – harvested since Roman times.

Dover sole is another beautiful local dish, best enjoyed with a crisp Kentish sparkling wine, rivalling any French champagne.

Romney salt marsh lamb, with its gentle hints of coastal flora and fauna is a unique local flavour.

Originating from the Isle of Sheppey, Gypsy Tart is a delicious sweet treat to round off any visit in Kent.

So come explore, eat, drink and be merry!

Cheers to Kent!

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