Kent’s top Instagram locations you can reach by train
Now let’s get one thing straight, with Instagram right at our fingertips, we’re all on the hunt for that perfect photo whenever we step outside the front door. Luckily for us, with our stunning sea-scapes and vibrant towns, Kent offers copious chances to earn those sought after ‘likes’ from your ever-growing feed of followers. What’s more, thanks to Southeastern's high speed links and Kent’s historic heritage railways, some of the most breath-taking views across our county can be reached with ease by train.
So, if you’re looking for the hotspots perfect for filling your feed with FOMO-inducing photos, you’re on the right track (pun intended…) Here are nine of the best places you can reach by rail, if you want to photograph the Garden of England at its best.
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
In the heart of Canterbury’s gorgeous medieval streets, be amazed by stunning architecture and a wealth of history at iconic Canterbury Cathedral. And, you can even enjoy this awe-inspiring view from your bedroom window at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, situated right in the heart of the inspiring grounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Who said getting the perfect photo angle required even getting out of your pjs and dressing gown? A room with a view…
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Canterbury East (10 mins walk) or Canterbury West (12 mins walk)
Turner’s Margate Sunset
Head straight for the coastline to snap the skies that inspired one of the world's greatest artists. Trendy Margate is not only the ideal spot for a romantic mini-break, with great shops, bars and art at the Turner Contemporary, but also boasts some of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Europe. Trust us when we say these skies require absolutely #nofilter. Sea-scapes and sunsets
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Margate (5 mins walk)
Belle Vue Tavern, Pegwell Bay
Expect a warm welcome, fabulous food and spectacular views aplenty at this perfectly placed pub. The "Balcony of Kent" at the rear of the Tavern offers some of the best sea views in Kent - across Pegwell Bay and out to The Channel. Grab a cold beer from the bar and round up your mates for an Insta-worthy evening under the stars. Food, friends and flashlights
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Ramsgate (28 mins walk)
Little Isemonger in Tenterden, Kent & Sussex Cottages
You needn’t leave home for this wonderful view! On a bright evening, head for the summer house at Kent & Sussex Cottage’s Little Isemonger in picturesque Tenterden, to enjoy glorious sweeping views over the unspoilt Kent countryside. You might even catch a glimpse of the historic Kent & East Sussex Railway steam train chugging past in the background. #HouseGoals
Local Train Station: Kent & East Sussex Railway Station (17 mins walk)
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
This elegant covered and colonnaded walkway has become the most well-known and photographed vista of the town, so there’s plenty of Instagram inspiration to sift through when choosing the perfect angle for your own photoshoot. Home to a host of specialist independent shops, art galleries and open-air cafes, restaurants and bars, The Pantiles really is the place to head to when visiting Royal Tunbridge Wells. Strike a pose…
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Tunbridge Wells (9 mins walk)
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Follow the floral scents and sights to this idyllic hillside garden for one of the very best views around. The woodland and gardens are carpeted in blue in early spring and bathed in the vibrant pinks and reds of the rhododendrons in late May. Pay a visit, and on a clear day you’ll be rewarded with impressive views over the Weald of Kent, and onto Tonbridge. Get us to the garden
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Sevenoaks (50 mins walk)
Snap a selfie with a mermaid at Folkestone Artworks! The UK’s largest urban contemporary art exhibition is totally free and accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With artworks by 46 renowned artists including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Yoko Ono and David Shrigley, you’ll be spoilt for choice with #instaworthy content to liven up your feed. Fun and photos in Folkestone
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Folkestone Central (15 mins walk)
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
You needn’t even leave the comfort of the train for these perfect, panoramic pics! Board the one-third full sized Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch steam train at historic Hythe and wind along the 13-mile track towards wide skies and the other worldly beauty of Dungeness. From coast and canals to Britain’s only desert, you’ll have a hard time whittling down what snaps to post from your day on the rails! All aboard…
Local Train Station: 0 mins walk!
From the vintage rides to the bright lights, there’s a photo opportunity no matter which way you turn at Dreamland, Margate. Don your best vintage frock for a selfie on the scenic railway, capture a moment of pure skill (or hilarity) in the retro Roller Room, or make memories that will last a lifetime at one of the park’s incredible live events. No need to filter this fairground!
Local Train Station (Southeastern): Margate (7 mins walk)