Explore the Secret Garden of England
Wide open landscapes, painted skies, nights under the stars, chalk-lined bays and cliff top castles; welcome back to Kent, the secret Garden of England.
From our miles of footpaths and cycle trails, to our legendary castles, local produce and welcoming country pubs, it’s time to step through the garden gate and discover Kent’s hidden gems for yourself. Whether you’re in search of blissful peace and a sense of wilderness, a chance to recapture those family memories, or a luxury break; whatever your adventure, with Kent's plethora of safe and spectacular places to visit this summer, there's no better place to unwind. So when you're ready, we're ready.
Get away from it all with our awe-inspiring open spaces (seriously, take a look at our video if you don’t believe us), hidden gems, villages and cottages away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Grab a taste of adventure and hike, bike and surf your way through the summer, all before tickling those taste buds with our ridiculously large range of local produce.
Discover legends and heroes on the trails of our famous faces, from top chefs, to kings, queens, authors, painters, and even a villain or two. Reap the rewards and treat yourself to the ultimate R&R retreat (come on, we all deserve that) with vineyard visits, luxury stays, afternoon tea and retail therapy.
Or why not truly reconnect with the family, away from Zoom calls, dining table desks and homeschooling? Pack up the kids and prepare for (locally produced) ice cream smiles and a lifetime of family memories.
As we prepare to stretch our legs and head out on our Kent adventures, we’re realizing just how lucky we are to have such magnificent landscapes and countryside right on our doorstep, reminding us to #RespectProtectEnjoy them more. Fancy joining us? Take a look at our guidelines for enjoying Kent, and getting the most out of your stay right here in your very own Secret Garden of England...
Our top suggestions for enjoying Kent safely...
It’s time to recapture those family memories, reconnect, relax and most importantly, feel safe....
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Is there anything more charming than a Kentish village? We think not! We've gathered our favourite...
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Howletts Wild Animal Park
Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park can witness world-leading conservation in action this year –...Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour
Visit the home of Kent’s favourite ice cream. Solley’s has been producing delicious real dairy ice...Leysdown Beach
'Seaside Award' beach beside a traditional small resort with shops, amusement arcades and treats.Quex Park
Quex Park is an historic country estate of over 1,800 acres with house, museum, gardens, farmers...Wildwood Trust
Set in forty acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood, near Canterbury is a British wildlife park and...Samphire Hoe
Samphire Hoe is a stunning site at the bottom of Shakespeare Cliff between Folkestone and DoverHerne Bay Pier
Herne Bay Pier is a typical English Victorian Seaside Style Pier attracting thousands of visitors a...Tankerton Beach
The Blue Flag Awarded Tankerton Beach is a perfect choice for those looking for safe bathing and...Betteshanger Park
The 250-acre park at Betteshanger has miles of traffic-free cycling, muddy mountain bike trails,...Coastal Explorer Packs
Don’t just visit the beach of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, explore it! Coastal Explorers packs...Jeskyns Community Woodland
Created by the Forestry Commission this space comprises woodland, orchards, meadows and a lake which...Shorne Woods Country Park
Extending across nearly 300 acres, Shorne Woods Country Park offers a wide range of natural habitats...East Kent Railway
Step aboard one of the trains of the East Kent Railway to ride through beautiful rural countryside.Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
There’s nothing quite like a ride on The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - so it’s little wonder...Folkestone Museum
Folkestone Museum in Kent takes you on a journey through the history of Folkestone, from its origins...
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Walmer Castle and Gardens
Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South EastIghtham Mote
Nestled at the bottom of a path sits a picture-perfect, 14th-century timber-framed manor house, on...Mount Ephraim Gardens
Ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens in the beautiful Kent countryside.The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie
Overlooking the beautiful sands of Minnis Bay in Birchington, The Minnis Bar & Brasserie offers one...Godinton House & Gardens
Wonderful carvings, furniture, porcelain and contrasting decoration reflect a fascinating history....Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
The best located accommodation in the City! Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a unique and contemporary...Fallow Fields Camping
Sitting in a gentle valley in the North Kent Downs, just 2 miles from SandwichSandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve
A complex mosaic of habitats of international importance for its bird population.Goodnestone Park Gardens
Goodnestone Park Gardens is a peaceful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen.The Dog at Wingham
The Dog at Wingham is a restaurant with rooms in the picturesque village of Wingham nestled in the...Broome Park Hotel
Broome Park is a grade one listed hotel with a mix of 19 mansion house rooms and 14 woodland lodges...Love Lane Holiday Cottages
The luxury 3-bedroom holiday cottages are in a quiet street in Canterbury’s city centre7 Longport
A luxury contemporary style B&B on the edge of Canterbury's historic city centre, the comfortable...Ramsgate Royal Harbour
Take in the sights and sounds of a working harbour with a beautiful selection of sailing and...Cobham Heritage Park
This Historic Park includes Cobham Wood and the newly restored Darnley Mausoleum.The Leather Bottle
The Leather Bottle is a pub known to many as Charles Dickens' Favourite Ale House in Cobham and...Sri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara
A warm welcome is guaranteed and arrangements are in place to receive visitors for guided tours,...Hole Park Gardens
Hole Park Gardens is renowned for it's spectacular display of bluebells and 16 acres of private...Kalmora Spa
Tranquil spa retreats where you can gather your thoughts, be pampered, and get real results.Star and Eagle Hotel
A charming Hotel & Pub Restaurant dating back to the 14th century, nestled in the heart of the...Knowle Grange Health Spa
A sensational day spa nestle in Tunbridge Wells, designed to help visitors relax and unwind...The Knoxbridge Inn Glamping and Camping Site
A beautiful camping and glamping field nestled in the countryside.Dungeness National Nature Reserve
Explore Dungeness - a wild desert landscape that is perfect for birdwatching and spotting all kinds...Lower Leas Coastal Park
The Lower Leas Coastal Park in Folkestone is home to the largest free adventure play area in the...Radnor Park Folkestone
Radnor Park in Folkestone offers something for everyone, from beautiful flowerbeds and wild woodland...Prospect Cottage
Chill in a charming 4 star converted barn with use of outdoor pool and tennis court in picturesque...Royal Military Canal
The Royal Military Canal is an important historical site and also a tranquil haven for wildlife.Belmont House and Gardens
Beautiful Georgian house amid parkland, commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside.
Discover legends and heroes
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Battle of Britain Memorial
Maintained by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, the site at Capel-le-Ferne is dedicated to...Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive
Kent's only Designated museum of national and international importance.Chartwell
The Churchill family loved Chartwell. It was a home and a place that truly inspired Sir Winston.Pines Garden
This 6 acre garden has many fine features including a cascade and adjoining lake, a specially...The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
The Beaney is an art museum and library offering state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent...Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)
See the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', still as it was when he worked here,...Pugin Town Trail
A self guided walking trail from the East Cliff to the West Cliff of Ramsgate highlighting...St Augustine's & Pugin: Shrine & Visitor Centre
The personal church and burial place of architect Augustus Pugin and the Shrine of St Augustine of...Pocahontas Talking Statue- Gravesend
Discover the story of Pocahontas with the new and exciting Pocahontas Talking Statue located in St...St Augustine's Cross
Celtic stone cross erected in 1884 to commemorate where St Augustine celebrated the first mass
A taste of adventure
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Relax in the garden with a fairytale castle backdrop, with over 770 acres of woodland to exploreIsle of Harty Trail
The Isle of Harty Trail on Sheppey is perfect for families for walking or cycling.The Canterbury Ghost Tour
If you want History, Humour and Haunting, there is only one place to be- The Canterbury Ghost Tour!Canoe Wild
Whether you are looking for some fresh air or family fun, Canoe Wild is a great day out for everyone...Canterbury Punting Company
Escape the busy pavements and lay back into the cushions, meander down the river and see the City as...Crab and Winkle Way
The path, which caters for riders of all abilities, takes its name from the pioneering railway line...Viking Coastal Trail
Viking Coastal Trail, one of the most attractive cycle routes in Kent covering 32 miles around...Cyclopark
Set in over 100 acres of parkland and within easy access of to the A2 and M25, Cyclopark offers...Saxon Shore Way
This 160 miles (257km) route from the bustling port of Gravesend, in North Kent, to the popular...
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Port Lympne Mansion Hotel
This unique boutique hotel has eight lavishly decorated bedrooms, four intriguing reception rooms...Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar at The Hythe Imperial
By day, enjoy fresh coffee and muffins and those who like to lunch will find fresh and light dishes...Gusbourne
Come and visit to explore the vineyards, meet the people behind Gusbourne and enjoy some of their...Sissinghurst Castle
At Sissinghurst Castle you can take in the ruined architecture of the extensive original buildings,...Cave Hotel and Golf Resort
Cave Hotel and Golf Resort will be Kent’s next destination hotel and restaurant.Hempstead House Hotel and Spa
Country House Hotel (3 AA Rosettes) relaxing spa, leisure, gym, fine dining & conference facilities.The Lodge at Prince's
The Lodge at Prince's is an intimate venue nestled on the Bay of Sandwich, offering stunning views...Prince's Golf Club
Prince’s offers all that is best in modern golf, with its 27 holes of championship Links golf, four...Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
The Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club is an 18 hole Championship Links golf course in KentWaterfront Spa & Health Club
Waterfront Spa and Health Club is a beautifully designed spa and health club providing the perfect...Chartham Vineyard
At Chartham Vineyard we have reached an exciting stage in combining our interests in wine and art.Margate Harbour Arm
Come and visit Margate Harbour Arm and see the town from another angle. The Harbour Arm is a lovely...The Old Lighthouse
The Old Lighthouse is an Historic Grade 11 building, opened in 1904. For 56 years, until its...Simpsons Wine Estate
The Simpsons' vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs...Meopham Valley Vineyard
A passionate interest in wine inspired David and Pauline Grey to establish the award winning Meopham...Margate Old Town
Niche, contemporary and vintage shops, independent galleries, restaurants and cafes waiting to be...The Milk House
The Milk House also has four beautifully appointed rooms. Large and light, the rooms have been...May Farm at The Small Holding
Enjoy at rural retreat in the heart of the High Weald of Kent, at May Farm. This beautiful,...Larkins' Alehouse
Take a trip to Larkins' Alehouse; an independant, micropub situated in the charming historic market...Waterloo House Tearooms & Antiques
A wonderful antique store, twinned with a quintessentially British tearoom, situated in the heart of...Three Daws Riverside Inn
Enjoy locally produced food while overlooking the River Thames when you visit the historic Three...Marie's Tearoom
With family and food at the heart of all they do, tuck into sumptuous scones whilst sipping on...Iron Pier Brewery & Taproom
Enjoy real ale and craft beer to drink in or take away, fresh from Iron Pier Brewery.Terlingham Vineyard
A family-run vineyard producing wine from grapes exclusively grown on site. Vineyard walks and...Rhino Lodge at Port Lympne
Rhino Lodge is the most idyllic place to relax in style and comfort at this peaceful retreat,...Tiger Lodge at at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
The first of its kind in the UK, Tiger Lodge is one of the most forward-thinking and unusual places...Folkestone Harbour Arm
Folkestone Harbour Arm is a favourite food, drink and entertainment destinationFolkestone Creative Quarter
Folkestone Creative Quarter in the old town is the perfect place to explore and discover the many...
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