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Welcome to Kent - The Garden of England

Cutting-edge art, inventive cuisine, funky cultural quarters, chic sleep-spots, super-fast links to Europe

Here, history is rich but the lure of the present is as strong as the pull of the past. One of your days out in Kent could be discovering Margate's Turner Contemporary; the gallery and links with Tracey Emin are transforming the town. Creative and culinary regenerations also ensure pockets of Folkestone, Whitstable, Broadstairs, Deal and Ramsgate now have an arty, foodie vibe.

Visit Kent to discover big skies and wide horizons. A space to re-charge and reconnect. In Kent, coast and countryside are attractions in themselves. Here a glorious 350-mile shoreline frames chalk downland and haunting marshes, hop gardens and oast houses, orchards and farms. Pristine sandy beaches flow towards a world-class icon; Dover's towering White Cliffs are quite simply a must-see sight.

Just 30 minutes from London, Kent is ideal for a weekend break - and sampling something new: spa-soothing; kite-surfing; boutique-sleeping; wave-riding; fossil-hunting; chic-eating. Or rediscovering the delights of the old: exploring quaint villages; building sandcastles; strolling tranquil Downs; tracing marsh-side cycle trails and cliff-top hikes.

This lush landscape is good enough to eat. The bountiful Garden of England overflows with fine produce, from oysters and succulent fish to apples and cherries, hops and fine wines. And everywhere top-notch chefs are casting culinary spells in transitions from sea and furrow to plate.

Scratch the surface and history runs like a rich seam of chalk through Kentish life. The past here is unparalleled. Stunning castles at Leeds, Dover and Hever. Awe-inspiring cathedrals at Canterbury and Rochester. Exquisite historic homes at Penshurts, Knole, Ightham Moat and Chartwell.

Unique heritage sites like The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Wildlife parks at Howletts and Port Lympne. Legendary Kent gardens at Sissinghurst, Leeds Castle, the Secret Gardens of Sandwich and Penshurst Place.  And Kent is good for the brain as well as the soul: all around the county, sprinkled like intellectual confetti, are links to literary and scientific giants: the Charleses Dickens and Darwin. 

Mind, body and spirit - it doesn't get more compelling. Inspiring, intriguing, surprising. It's time to discover Kent. 

Ashford & Tenterden

Ashford & Tenterden

This is Kent's enticing blend of ancient and modern at its very best. Here international rail links, thriving market towns and world-class chefs meet history-rich villages, idyllic countryside and superb local vineyards.            ...

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Canterbury, Herne Bay & Whitstable

Canterbury, Herne Bay & Whitstable

Visit Canterbury and discover some of the best things to do in Canterbury. You'll discover why it's the jewel in Kent's crown. Buzzing with a youthful vibe thanks to the universities, Canterbury also excels at the historic. Parts of the magnificent 

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Dover, Deal & Sandwich

Dover, Deal & Sandwich

England's most charismatic chunks of chalk, chic eateries, boutique sleep spots, history-rich ports and prime  golf courses, make this a must-see stretch of Kent coast. Dover Highlights  The White Cliffs of...

Faversham

Faversham

A delight whatever the time of year, Faversham is bursting with history dating back to late prehistoric times. Mentioned in The Domesday Book, it is known as the oldest market town in Kent. Faversham is a fascinating town...

Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh

Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh

Artistic enclaves, stunning shores, unique histories and expansive wildlife escapes make Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh in Kent well worth a visit.        

Gravesend

Gravesend

Rich river heritage, outdoor adventures and an AONB, all add to the appeal in this vibrant segment of Kent.           In Gravesend, Thames sailing barges, paddle steamers and yachts sail from the Gravesend Town Pier Pontoon. Make time to visit the magnificent...

Isle of Sheppey & Sittingbourne

Isle of Sheppey & Sittingbourne

'Sittngbourne a town to be proud of' Sittingbourne is the only UK Town twinned with Ypres in Belgium, proud to have been twinned  since 1964 and is located  in the Swale area of North Kent. This film to has been produced by Swale Borough Council with...

Maidstone

Maidstone

Kent's county town, Maidstone, lies at the heart of the Garden of England. Here orchards and hop gardens surround romantic villages and must-see heritage sights. This lush landscape is home to captivating Leeds Castle, whose...

Malling

Malling

In thriving West Malling, a vibrant contemporary town teams up with a rich past - expect eye-catching architecture and tempting shops. It also has an imressive collection of Blue Plaques to celebrate its notable citizens of the past. Click

Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate

Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate

A world-class art gallery, gourmet dining and adrenaline-fuelled water sports, plus 15 spectacular beaches and bays - a revitalised corner of Kent awaits. Kent's northeast tip has always been cosmopolitan with its European connections, but these days there's even more creative...

Rochester, Chatham & Gillingham

Rochester, Chatham & Gillingham

An intriguing Charles Dickens connection, a Cathedral at its core and top-notch heritage sites, ensure Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham sit high on Kent's must-see list. This area is where Dickens' life started and ended; the places that pop up in his books still sit among...

Sevenoaks District

Sevenoaks District

Gorgeous stately homes, irresistible gardens, Roman remains and a picturesque landscape, including the rippling hills of the High Weald and the rolling North Downs, make Sevenoaks in Kent a destination you can't afford to miss. Sevenoaks wears its long history...

Tonbridge

Tonbridge

Some superb insights into old England await at Tonbridge and West Malling.  Idyllic manor houses and a postcard-pretty castle sit in an ancient landscape where woods and fields undulate towards villages and hop farms. Tonbridge also prides itself with some intriguing

Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells offers Kentish town and country at its best. The historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells has welcomed visitors for over 400 years. Browse among the chic independent shops of the colonnaded Pantiles and the High Street, with buzzy cafe's bars, music and...