From cutting edge galleries and wide skies, to those iconic cliffs, in Kent we have plenty of hot-spots for that picture-perfect photo, so our friends over at Turner Contemporary have created a shortlist of their favourite most instagrammable places in the Garden of England. All you need to do is grab your phone and select the best filter.
Treat your camera to a truly idyllic setting, with stunning sunsets, banks of oyster shells, fishing smacks, yachts and weatherboard sheds. Tired after all that photography? Take a seat and quench your thirst in the Old Neptune, one of the only seafront pubs in the country.
Turner Contemporary, Margate
Get up close to world-class art in Margate at Turner Contemporary. From the striking David Chipperfield designed building overlooking Margate Sands, to the artwork on display by internationally renowned contemporary artists like Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley, there’s always something to inspire the artist in you.
Howletts Wild Animal Park
Witness world-leading conservation in action as you come face to face with over 450 animals and over 50 individual species at Howletts. You could get a snap of an Amur tiger, Northern Chinese leopard, lion, wolf, or even black rhinos, including Kasungu who was the first black rhino born at the park.
Dover Castle is one of the most iconic of all English fortresses. It has been commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Take a selfie in King Henry II’s sumptuously furnished chambers and immerse yourself in the King’s court life. Climb the Great Tower and enjoy the panoramic views of the coast, countryside and the English Channel.
RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve
Soak up the views at Dungeness, the RSPB’s oldest nature reserve. Spot hundreds of waterbirds on the lakes in winter, watch migrating birds flying overhead in autumn, and be dazzled by dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers in spring and summer. This strangely beautiful landscape is striking any time of the year.
In the heart of Canterbury you can be awed by stunning architecture and a wealth of history. Gaze up at the awe-inspiring ceiling on the exact spot where, in 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral, making the site one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage centres, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
When you’re walking around Folkestone, you’re in an art gallery without walls. Explore the town and you can find 16 outstanding works of art on permanent display in public spaces around the town. Folkestone has arguably the best collection of contemporary art in an urban environment in the UK, with works by artists such as Tracey Emin and Mark Wallinger.
From the vintage rides to the bright lights, there’s something to take a photo of every way you turn in Dreamland. There is adventurous street food from around the world served from vintage trucks, unique bars, art installations, and an eclectic programme of live events. The park has a unique and rich history and even features antique menagerie cages from the 1800s.
Canterbury Historic River Tours
See the beautiful historical city of Canterbury from a new angle. Glide under bridges, pass by gardens and watch wildlife in the water. The guides provide an enjoyable historical commentary whilst you discover some of Canterbury's finest and most important architecture.
White Cliffs of Dover
Whether you’re looking down from the top or up from the beach, the White Cliffs of Dover are clearly one of the country’s most spectacular natural features. They are an official icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries. Take your camera on a dramatic cliff-top walk to enjoy the beauty of the unrivalled views of the busy English Channel and the French coast.