Why Kent?

Some of the top reasons for choosing Kent...

The historic county of Kent is renowned for its rural beauty and historically known as the ‘Garden of England’.  Its spectacular coastline and powerful White Cliffs sit majestically on the English Channel, where Kent has been poised as the strategic gateway of Britain for centuries, not only repelling invaders but welcoming visitors and commerce.

Location

  • Close to London  - Kent can make an easy day-trip for London based tours

  • Close to continental Europe - Easy access from France, Belgium, Holland and Germany across the Channel with P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways, MyFerryLink and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

  • Fly into Manston, Kent's International Airport with KLM

 Iconic attractions

Leeds Castle

  • Canterbury Cathedral – Britain’s oldest Cathedral    

  • Kent has more castles than any other county - including Leeds Castle, the loveliest castle in the world and Dover Castle, the key to England

  • The White Cliffs of Dover

Famous faces

  • Charles Dickens

  • Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Charles Darwin (Darwin’s home, Down House, is in Kent)

  • Sir Winston Churchill (Churchill’s home, Chartwell, is in Kent)

  • Henry VIII and the Tudors

  • Ian Fleming/James Bond

  • Jane Austen

Gardens

Hever Castle

  • Kent is world renowned as “The Garden of England”

  • Over 180 to choose from – from well know gardens such as Sissinghurst to small family run gardens like Goodnestone Park Gardens and Hole Park

  • Many offer tours for groups with their Head Gardener

Countryside

Kent Countryside

  • Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beautyshopping – Kent Downs, High Weald

  • More conservation areas than any other county in England

Magnificent Coastline

  • 15 sandy bays across Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate

  • Watersports - Kite Surfing,  Sailing, Jet Skiing, Surfing  

  • Boat Trips - Seal colony, Wind Farm, Sea Forts

  • Traditional Beach Huts - Whitstable, Herne Bay, Broadstairs

Local food and drinkThe Good Shed

  • Romney Marsh Lamb, Dover Sole and Whitstable Oysters

  • Vineyards: Chapel Down, Biddenden – award winning English wine

  • Real Ales: Shepherd Neame - Britain’s oldest brewer.

  • BrogdaleOver 2,300 different varieties of apple

Shopping

  • With over 300 stores offering UK and international brands, 60 restaurants, cinemas, leisure activities and more, Bluewater is the perfect location for a day trip (or meal stop-off)

 

Unique accommodation

  • Oast Houses

  • Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

  • Officers Accommodation, Historic Dockyard Chatham

  • Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle

  • Castle accommodation (Leeds, Walmer, Dover & Hever)

  • Livingstone Lodge (Port Lympne Wild Animal Park)

Award winning coach facilities

  • Acorn Wharf (Rochester) - Secure parking for coaches, easy access to VIC, toilets, coach washing facility, fully furnished drivers rest room

  • Canterbury - Pre-purchased parking tickets available at 25% discount, coaches met by Welcome Shepherds during peak periods.