Places to visit in Kent

This southeast home county has worked hard to earn its nickname 'Garden of England'. Visit Kent for a sensory experience in castle parklands and mazes, pick seasonal fruit at orchards or roam wealds and downs sprinkled with pointy-roofed oast houses and windmills. There is a wealth of things to do in Kent. History lessons come to life in ancient Canterbury where the Romans built walls, Chaucer wrote medieval tales and Marlowe penned Elizabethan plays. Or follow pilgrim steps through silent cloisters at the towering cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lace up your walking shoes for coastal paths through the county towards those iconic White Cliffs steeped in World War II memories.

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Traverse the South Foreland Lighthouse Walk

A stunning coastline walk in Kent from the Deal waterfront to South Foreland Lighthouse.

Location: Deal, Kent

 

Swing through the trees at Leeds Castle

Clamber the treetops of 'the loveliest castle in the world'.

Location: Maidstone, Kent

 

Murder in the cathedral

Visit one of England's most beautiful cities - and the site of one of its most famous murders

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

September events: Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

The Faversham Hop Festival is a unique family event that commemorates the golden days of hop-picking with two days of live music, dancing, great food and hops, hops, hops!

Location: Faversham, Kent

 

July events: Dive into the famous Whitstable Oyster Festival

One of the biggest events in Kent’s calendar, the annual oyster festival in trendy Whitstable is far more than a foodie’s fiesta.

Location: Whitstable, Kent

 

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

 

Discover murder, marvels and mojitos in Canterbury

Explore the vibrant city of Canterbury, with its intriguing mix of dramatic history and cosmopolitan culture.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Pack your suitcase for a hair-raising and luxurious stay in Dover Castle’s former prison tower.

Location: Dover, Kent

 

Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Go to the quaint part of Kent that was inspiration to novelist Charles Dickens and drew him to return time and time again.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 

August events: Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

Join in the fun – play the spoons, sing along with the many bands, shake a clog or head along to the Hobby Horse Club.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 

Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

There’s no better time to visit Kent than in the spring so why not follow your nose and discover the county’s fragrant countryside and gardens?

Location: Maidstone, Kent

 

Perfect your photography skills on a course in Canterbury

Get the most out of that new digital camera on a guided photography course in Canterbury.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

Sleep in the treetops on an overnight safari in Kent

Get in touch with your wild side in Kent this spring with a true African experience that the whole family will rave about.

Location: Lympne, Kent

 

Take a wind-whipped voyage of discovery with RIB Request

Sit back and feel the wind fly through your hair as you speed out to sea on a RIB Request boat trip.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

 

Discover Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Making wine in the Garden of England.

Location: Biddenden, Kent

 

June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The usually quiet coastal town Broadstairs comes to life to celebrate the life of Dickens at this week-long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 

Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Breath in England's timeless beauty with a walk along this world famous stretch of coastline.

Location: Dover, Kent

 

Glide into Christmas at the Tunbridge Wells Ice Skating rink

A favourite festive destination, ice skating in Royal Tunbridge Wells offers something for skaters, shoppers and spectators this season.

Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

 

Visit the tranquil Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts the world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

 

Explore Dungeness

Dungeness attracts both visionary artists and nature lovers.

Location: Dungeness, Kent

 

Fall in love with your loved one again…but don’t lose your head

Sneak away to Hever Castle, where one of history’s greatest love affairs blossomed when Henry VIII courted the young Anne Boleyn.

Location: Hever, Kent

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