Things to do in Kent

Kent, known as the ‘Garden of England’, is a picturesque county in South East England. It boasts an array of landscapes from the rolling hills and woodlands of the North Downs to the stunning coastline along the English Channel. Kent’s rich history is evident in its ancient towns, historic castles, and beautiful cathedrals, making it a captivating destination for visitors. The county’s strategic location between London and mainland Europe has played a significant role in its history, from Roman invasions to World War II battles.

Aside from its historical significance, Kent offers a diverse range of activities and attractions. The region is renowned for its horticulture, producing an abundance of fruits especially apples and hops which have supported its brewing industry for centuries. Kent’s cultural scene is vibrant with numerous arts festivals, galleries, and theaters scattered across the county. With its charming villages, historic sites, and natural beauty, Kent provides a peaceful escape with plenty to explore.

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  • Leeds Castle: Often referred to as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, Leeds Castle offers more than just a glimpse into medieval life. Its beautiful grounds include a maze, aviary, and gardens that are perfect for exploring any time of year.
  • Canterbury Cathedral: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning cathedral is a must-visit for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. It has been a place of worship for over 1,400 years.
  • The White Cliffs of Dover: Iconic symbols of Britain’s resilience, these chalk cliffs offer breathtaking views over the English Channel. There are several walking paths along the coast for visitors to enjoy.
  • Hever Castle: The childhood home of Anne Boleyn offers beautifully preserved interiors and magnificent gardens including a water maze and Italian garden.
  • Chartwell: The family home of Sir Winston Churchill invites guests to explore its house adorned with his paintings and beautiful gardens.
  • Dreamland Margate: This vintage amusement park has been restored to its former glory with classic rides, roller disco, and live music events making it fun for all ages.
  • Port Lympne Reserve: Home to over 700 animals across 600 acres; this wildlife park offers safari experiences in the UK alongside conservation efforts for endangered species.
  • Turner Contemporary: Situated in Margate on the seafront this gallery showcases contemporary art alongside works by JMW Turner who was inspired by Kent’s skies.
  • Brogdale Collections: Home to the National Fruit Collection offering guided tours around their orchards which bloom spectacularly during springtime.
  • Romney Marshes: Known as ‘the fifth continent’ due to its unique landscape; it’s ideal for cycling or walking tours exploring secluded churches amidst vast skies.
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden: Created by Vita Sackville-West this garden is divided into rooms each with their own theme showcasing an array of plants throughout seasons.