9 reasons to choose Kent

Kent is calling you...

This summer, forget your passport and book yourself a spectacular staycation in Kent, the Garden of England. Voted the top destination in Europe for families by Lonely Planet, Kent is the perfect base for a short or long break with family and friends, offering you everything you could possibly want from a great summer holiday (without the airport security stress), from culture-filled city escapes to get-away-from-it-all rural retreats

Thanks to Southeastern's high speed rail links, we are just a train journey from London - but our golden sands, glistening vineyards and glorious architecture feel like another world. Which may be why so many Londoners are choosing to holiday here these days...

Don't believe us? Well read on to see our nine first-rate reasons to choose Kent this summer...

1. You will like to be beside this seaside... 
Looking for sand, sea and sunshine, and sunsets to die for? Head straight to the shores of Viking Bay, Broadstairs, for your day(s) at the beach this year. Bring the family for fun on the water, and enjoy a programme of funky festivals all season

2. It’s worth a punt...
Head to hip yet historic Canterbury for your dose of city culture. Wander the cobbled streets, dance in boho bars, wonder at the Canterbury Cathedral, and laze on the stunning River Stour

3. Send your kids to the tower... 
Uncover ancient stories, take in breath-taking sea views, and let the little ones run wild and free with an epic trip back in time at Dover Castle. This historic site begs to be explored, and is a treat for all ages

4 Fall in love...
You and your loved one won’t be able to resist the charms of Kent’s creative coastline, with Folkestone and its famous public artworks to delight you. Wander the streets in search of them all, and rub shoulders with awe-inspiring artists when the Folkestone Triennial festival returns this September

5. Our Tudor isn’t mock...
We don’t need a BBC film crew to spruce up our scenery; a glimpse of Anne Boleyn’s idyllic childhood home Hever Castle on a misty morning is enough to make you lose your head. You can even book an overnight stay here (swoon!)

6. Invaders Welcome (Especially the Dutch) 
Exciting Medway has had so many international visitors over the years…although some were more feisty than others... This summer the district commemorates 350 years since the Battle of Medway with a summer-long programme of spectacular festivities, so get your fix of maritime drama in Medway soon.

7. Marseille? Non, c’est Ramsgate 
Enjoy a slice of the Med without the long journey or an eye-watering bill for a glass of vino. You can indulge in the waterside café culture of Ramsgate's very own Riviera. Arty, boho, beautiful, this little slice of Thanet coastline is a joy to behold

8. Fancy a paddle with your pint?
That post-work beer will taste better while drinking in the sights and scents of the Garden of England. Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame has a staggering range of unique pubs across the county, from waterfront pubs to old-world wine bars.

9. All of this and more is within achingly easy reach of London with Southeastern’s high speed rail links. You can be out of the rat race and in your element in as little as 38 minutes with Southeastern trains, with multiple ticket offers and deals to chose from on their website. Book your tickets below today!

Beaches, beauty, battles and beer - it doesn’t get better than that. Book your train tickets today to start your summer journey to Kent!