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Children playing on Margate beach, Kent

Children playing on Margate beach, Kent

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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.

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: 

For more information about Kent, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, visit the official tourism website for Kent. Also, visit our new Apps & Guides section for inspiration on the go on your mobile and experience all that Kent has to offer.

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Tonbridge

Tonbridge

Situated in the Heart of Kent, Tonbridge has a renowned history with all the assets and amenities of a modern day living town.

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  1. 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.

  2. Add St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe & St. Margaret’s Bay to your Itinerary

    St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe & St. Margaret’s Bay

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    St Margarets At Cliffe

    Basking in the first light of the day, this isolated 'island' in the midst of the White Cliffs has at its heart the lovely seaside village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe and secluded cove at St. Margaret's Bay.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Gillingham to your Itinerary

    Gillingham

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    Gillingham

    Gillingham is an important retail centre serving the local community. It has a twice weekly market which is ideal for the bargain hunters to wander around.

  5. Add Sandwich to your Itinerary

    Sandwich

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    Sandwich

    Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports, can lay claim to being one of the most historic towns in the country.

  6. Add Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate  to your Itinerary

    Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

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    Margate

    Lying on the southeastern coast of Kent, the Isle of Thanet, encompassing the popular seaside resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, is the perfect place to get away and explore.

  7. Add Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Hawkhurst

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    Cranbrook

    The ancient Wealden village of Hawkhurst is widely known for its beautiful surroundings and long history.

  8. Add Chatham to your Itinerary

    Chatham

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    Chatham

    Chatham (Kent) a fascinating maritime destination with a history stretching back over 400 years.

  9. 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.

  10. Add Ashford to your Itinerary

    Ashford

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    Right in the heart of Kent, the famous “Garden of England”, Ashford has bloomed into a lively, cosmopolitan commercial centre. In Ashford you'll find 19th Century windmills and medieval buildings alongside bright shopping and trendy restaurants.