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Destinations > UK > South East > Kent guide

Kent is an area with excellent countryside, towns, villages and stretches of beautiful unspoiled coastline. Here you will find the towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Folkstone, Dover, Margate, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Maidstone and many other villages and places of interest. Not only can you enjoy and explore some of England's most breathtaking countryside and glorious coastline, there are thousands of acres of varied landscape from the open spaces of the South Downs to the Kentish Weald.

Kentish Weald is one of the most densely wooded parts of Britain and enjoys a host of wildlife, making it great for a day out to take a picnic a walk or a cycle in this woodland. Why not take a walk on the South Downs were this rugged coastline has a breathtaking backdrop of rolling chalkland and spectacular unspoiled views out to sea.

Kent is full of history and heritage, with ample of historical houses and castles to explore. Dover castle holds the strategic position over the White Cliffs of Dover; the site itself has been of military importance since the Roman times. Discover why Henry VIII rushed to Dover Castle and how a Royal Palace was constructed. There is also Walmer Castle, Deal Castle, Rochester castle, Upnor Castle and many more with their own colorful histories.

Kent also boasts her famous son Charles Darwin, visit his family home Down House, were he wrote 'Origin of Species". You can explore his study and see the actual chair he wrote this revolutionary piece from, plus wonder around the gardens and the 'Sandwalk', the "thinking path' were he to wondered to ponder and work out his ideas. However Kent has more than history to offer, there are many activities for everyone to enjoy, from sports pursuits to shopping.

Kent is simply a stunning area with an array of sceneries. Every were you turn you will be amazed, delighted or intrigued by its wonders and hidden treasures.

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Within Kent there are many places to enjoy art and entertainment. In the larger towns there are theatres which host local and touring performances. In the sea side towns you can enjoy the street entertainers with their amazing acts. You will also find some fine art galleries in the towns and in some of the historical houses. During the summer months you can enjoy from many performances in the villages, town parks and seaside promenades.

Finchcocks - Living Museum of Music
Here you can enjoy a history of a collection of historical instrument. The house when open is also host to a number of performances and during the summer months many festivals.
Location: Goudhurst, OffA262, 10miles from Tunbridge Wells
Telephone: 01580 211 702

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, off A264 next to the Town Hall
Telephone: 01892 554 171



The Canterbury Tales
Take yourself back in time to 1396 on this Medieval adventure.
Location: St Margaret Street, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 47 92 27

Yalding Organic Gardens
Explore gardening from the medieval period to the present day in this delightful trip through fourteen individual gardens.
Location: Yalding, 6 miles south west of Maidstone on the B2162
Telephone: 01622 814 650

Museum of Kent Life
Enjoy a look at the history of life in rural Kent over the last 100 years, see how life has changed over time in this open air museum.
Location: Cobtree, north of Maidstone on the A229
Telephone: 01622 763 936

Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest
A great day out, explore the enchanted forest and magical gardens.
Location: Near Tunbridge Wells
Telephone: 01892 863 999

Roman Museum
Durovernum Cantiacorum was the name given to Canterbury by the Romans. The Museum itself is built around the remains of a Roman town House with beautiful mosaics. There is a hand on area were, visitors are encouraged to pick up and feel genuine artifacts.
Location: Butchery Lane, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 78 55 75

Explore this unique woodland Discovery Park set in ancient woodland, were you are sure to see some of the finest natural wildlife in Britain. See Badgers, Otters and Beavers, all of which are protected, plus many more in over 50 natural animal environments.
Location: Off the A291 between Canterbury and Herne Bay
Telephone: 01227 712 111

Bewl Water
Enjoy this beautiful Lakeland setting by the largest lake in the South East.
Location: Lamberhurst
Telephone: 01892 890 661

Canterbury Castle
Explore the remains of a Norman Castle Keep.
Location: Castle Street, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 76 65 67

The Chaucer Center
Housed in a 15th century building you can explore and discover the world of the Author of the famous 'Canterbury Tales'.
Location: 22-23 St Peter's Street, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 47 03 79

The Charles Dickens Center
Come and enjoy some of this famous authors scenes recreated in this Elizabethan building that Dickens knew well.
Location: Rochester, Medway
Telephone: 01634 844 176

Eastbridge Hospital
A Medieval pilgrim's hospital with undercroft, refectory and two chapels, plus a fine 12th century wall painting of Christ still partly visible.
Location: High Street, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 47 16 88

West Gate Museum
Explore one of England's finest medieval fortified gatehouses with defensive features, including 'murder holes' and battlements, which from the top offer panoramic views of the city.
Location: St Peters Street, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 45 27 47

Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and is one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in England. It is the Country' first Cathedral and was founded in 597AD by St Augustine shortly after he arrived from Rome. The present structure began in 1071 by Archbishop Lanfranc.
Location: The Precincts, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 76 28 62

St Augustine's Abbey
This Abbey was founded in 598 by St Augustine and is at the very roots of Christianity in England. It has been a monastic site for almost 1000 years.
Location: Longport Road, Canterbury

Rochester Castle
Location: Rochester, Medway
Telephone: 01634 402 276

Dover Castle
Location: Dover
Telephone: 01304 211 067

Walmer Castle and Gardens
Location: Walmer
Telephone: 01304 364 288

Deal Castle
Location: Deal
Telephone: 01304 372 762

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Housed in a marvelous building with medieval interiors, this museum offers a fascinating insight the history of the city from the Romans. Plus the amassing story of Rupert the Bear with original illustrations by his creator the local artist Mary Tourtel.
Location: Stour Street, Canterbury
Telephone: 01227 45 27 47



Kent is literally full of nature, wildlife, and many different and diverse landscapes to enjoy and explore. There is everything from dense woodland, glorious rugged coastlines, to the downs and rolling country expanse, not to mention the miles of water pursuits and activities that can be enjoyed. The countryside and coastline are full of walks, footpaths and cycle routes. Why not see it all from a hot-air balloon and take in the views in style.



Kent, like many areas in Britain is awash with drinking places. You may be travelling down a twisting country road and come across many a good pub, which may also serve good quality pub food. The larger towns will have an array of pubs, bars and clubs, ranging from the traditional alehouse, lively and modern bars. The clubs in this area are mainly concentrated in the larger towns and seaside towns




There is no shortage of places to shop in Kent, from the large towns of Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone, Royal Tunbrdge Wells plus many more. All of which have amble shopping facilities. The villages and smaller towns also offer great opportunities for unusual gifts and souvenirs.




Gatwick and Heathrow Airport are the nearest airports, from there a train ride away from any wee in Kent.


Kent is home to the channel ports of Dover and Folkestone, and is easily accessed from inland by car from the M25, M20, M2 and A2. Kent is only a short drive away from London and once in Kent there are roads that access and are well sign posted to all areas, villages and towns.


National Express Coach services run all over the U.K. offering a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations to many of the larger towns in Kent, from these point local bus services offer a good network to smaller towns and areas.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


There are services to Kent from all over the U.K. if not direct with good connections from London. Ashford International Eurostar Terminal in Kent means you are only 2 and a half hours from Paris.
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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