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Movie and Literary Itineraries

Famous faces

The famous and the infamous have all left their impression on this fascinating area. "Kent, sir - everybody knows Kent - apples, cherries, hops and women" - thus Charles Dickens described the Garden of England in The Pickwick Papers. It was also in Kent that Julius Caesar landed in 55 BC and uttered the immortal line: "I came, I saw, I conquered".

Here are just a few self-drive itineraries to help you explore Kent's movie and literary connections.

Click on the headings below or use the link to the left to download the full itineraries.

Explore James Bond's Kent

Sharpen your wits, pick up the clues and follow James Bond across Kent for an exhilarating adventure!

Celebrating Charles Darwin

Darwin's theory of evolution sought to explain the beauty, diversity and complexity of life, and you'll find plenty of that in Kent.

Children's Literature Tour

Secret gardens and smugglers’ hideaways, mischievous scrapes and lashings of laughter: who can resist the excitement and warmth of children’s classics? Rekindle their spell – or introduce the next generation – on a tour of Kent, where so many best-loved characters and scenes first came to life.

Explore Jane Austen's Kent

Jane spent much of her time here in Kent with her family connections to the county, and even used some of the country houses and areas for inspirations for some of her finest works.  

Literary Kent

Come and be inspired - like so many great writers - by Kent's idyllic rural landscapes, captivating cities, castles and gardens.

Movie magic in Kent - movie trail

You'll be surprised just how many box office hits have put Kent in a starring role - come set-jetting to spot the locations, it's a great way to discover and explore the county.

Share famous passions

"Kent, sir - everybody knows Kent - apples, cherries, hops and women." Thus Charles Dickens described the Garden of England in The Pickwick Papers. But do you really know Kent and its surprising connections with other famous faces?

Sherlock Holmes - Mystery Tour of Kent

Visit scenes from the new movie Sherlock Holmes, and enjoy an adventure around Kent in the footsteps of the iconic detective and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Other Boleyn Girl - movie trail

Go behind the scenes of blockbuster novel and new film The Other Boleyn Girl, on a tour of Kent's dazzling Tudor castles and historic houses.