Things To Do In Kent
Kent is steeped in wonderful activities and experiences for all the family, from castles and churches to beaches and wildlife parks. Here are our top things to do when you are visiting this magnificent county.
History buffs will have plenty to do in Kent thanks to some amazing architecture and historical events and stories leading back through the centuries. Canterbury Cathedral is the oldest English church still in use, dating back to 597 AD. Other fantastic historical attractions include the fascinating Dover Castle, with its tunnels that were used during World War II, The Canterbury Tales medieval tour based on five of Chaucer’s tales and Chiddingstone Castle where visitors can see Egyptian, Buddhist, Japanese, Jacobean and Stuart ancient artefacts or dress up on one of their themed days. Find out more about Kent’s rich history here.
Anyone with an interest in aviation will be moved by the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum in Manston, which is free to visit and is maintained by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust to honour those who fought in the Battle of Britain.
Whatever the weather, it’s great to get outdoors and ‘The Garden of England’ has a fantastic selection of outdoor activities to whet the appetite. Try Groombridge Enchanted Forest for a family fun day swinging from tree-to-tree, having a relaxing canal ride or playing giant chess in the beautiful gardens. If acting like a monkey isn’t your thing then how about seeing some of these fun and inquisitive creature and many other anaimals at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park? You can also head over to Kent Life for a hands-on farming experience.
Away from the wildlife there’s also Shorne Woods Country Park or you can go coastal at one of Kent’s many attractions along the coatline. Head to Thanet for a spot of surfing, Jet Ski off of Margate or take a stroll beneath the awe-inspiring and famous White Cliffs of Dover. Kent is home to 11 Blue Flag beaches so you will easily find the perfect one for you.
For a gentle pace of life, a ride upon a steam train on the Kent and East Sussex Railway is a wonderful experience which opened in 1900 and now peacefully carries you the 10 and a half miles through unspoilt countryside from Tenterden in Kent to the stunning National Trust-owned Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. Luxury fine dining services are available, making it a wonderful trip for a special occasion.
For a taste of some of England’s finest wines and beers, head to Chapel Down Vineyard, Biddenden Vineyards, Hush Heath Winery or Shepherd Neame Brewery for a tour and tasting experience; the brewery is England’s oldest.
Of course no stay is complete without some wonderful food and you will find that aplenty in Kent, from Michelin-starred restaurants to afternoon teas, you will find the freshest fish and seafood alongside other classic British flavours.
Whatever you would like from your stay, Kent can provide it. For more information about the county, take a look at this useful article. We’re thrilled to work with local businesses in the Kent area and hope that you will come and experience the wonderful things on offer here.