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Days Out in Kent: The Garden of England

Kent is a haven of breathtaking English landscape, hence the name ‘The Garden of England.’ From mysterious marshland to the dramatic white cliffs of Dover, from sleepy villages and bustling seaside resorts to historic castles and towering cathedrals, there’s no shortage of things to do in Kent.

Visitors regularly take short breaks in Kent to wallow in the famous towns like Canterbury and Rochester and to explore the green rolling hills, wooded valleys and far-reaching landscapes. Whether on foot, bicycle, road or horseback, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to a summer picnic spot or a crisp autumn stroll.

Kent's coastline is a beautiful place to visit all year round and the area of Thanet comprising Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs regularly boasts the most blue flag beaches in the UK.

Top 11 things to do in Kent

Use the search box on the left of this page to find more events and attractions in Kent.

Things to do in Kent this weekend

Many of Kent's tourist attractions are open all year round so find something to do today with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Seasonal events in Kent take place all year round so whatever weekend you're visiting, there's bound to be something near you.

Those who prefer their meals brought to them are always keen to try out a great country pub, where one of Kent’s most famous assets, the local wine, can be sampled. For a more active way to unwind Kent’s blue flag beaches offer ample opportunities to take part in the water sports, and for those who are looking to dive deeper into Kent, there are plenty of options for somewhere to stay if you’d like to experience more than a day: 

Towns and places to visit in Kent

For more information about Kent, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, view the list below for information on towns and villages within the county.

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Sandwich

Sandwich

Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports, can lay claim to being one of the most historic towns in the country. Retrace some of history‘s more...

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  1. Add Sandwich to your Itinerary

    Sandwich

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    Cattle Market, Sandwich

    Step back in time and discover the unique town of Sandwich.  Once a bustling and prosperous port, Sandwich is now said to be “one of the most well preserved medieval towns in Britain”. Retrace some of history‘s more famous visitor steps – King Charles II drank outside The Bell Hotel and Queen...

  2. Add Elham to your Itinerary

    Elham

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    Elham

    Nestling in the heart of the inspiring Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty, the historic village of Elham is truly one of the most picturesque in East Kent.
    Elham’s 43 listed buildings illustrate a long history, from the late medieval Church of St. Mary and fine timber-framed houses of Tudor...

  3. Add Whitstable to your Itinerary

    Whitstable

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    Whistable

    Whitstable is like no other town by the sea. Its traditional charms, strong arts culture and rich maritime history complement Whitstable's modern appeal.

  4. Add Maidstone to your Itinerary

    Maidstone

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    Towns & Villages

    Maidstone is the county town of Kent and has a long and interesting past with a history which has shaped the way we live in England today.

  5. Add Dungeness to your Itinerary

    Dungeness

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    Dungeness

    Dungeness is a headland on the coast of Kent, England, formed largely of a shingle beach.

  6. Add Medway Towns to your Itinerary

    Medway Towns

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    Towns & Villages

    Named after the River Medway, the area is made up of five towns - Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood - and is only 35 minutes by train from London.

  7. Add Tonbridge to your Itinerary

    Tonbridge

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    Tonbridge

    Tonbridge dates back to well before Norman times, having the remains of a Norman castle which is open to the public.

  8. Add Broadstairs to your Itinerary

    Broadstairs

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    Margate

    A stroll around Broadstairs is a journey of discover with a lovely surprise around nearly every corner.

  9. Add Medway to your Itinerary

    Medway

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    Towns & Villages

    Relax and enjoy the sensational historic capital in Maritime Kent, encompassing Rochester and Chatham. Retreat and let down your defences in the fantastic surroundings of the ancient city of Rochester, home to England’s second oldest cathedral.

  10. Add Rochester to your Itinerary

    Rochester

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    Rochester

    The ancient cathedral city of Rochester, with its Norman castle was place cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author.