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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. Find out more about the towns and villages that make up the Garden of England using our interactive map of Kent.

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: 

List of things to do & places to visit for days out in Kent

For more information about Kent, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, view the list below for information on things to do and towns and villages within the county. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Canterbury Historic River Tours

Canterbury Historic River Tours

Previous awards 2017: Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide European Awards ‘Unique Tour of the Year’ 2016: Finalist in the National Visit...

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  1. Add Canterbury Historic River Tours to your Itinerary

    Canterbury Historic River Tours

    Type

    Boat Trip

    Location

    Canterbury

    Previous awards

    2017: Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide European Awards ‘Unique Tour of the Year’

    2016: Finalist in the National Visit England Awards for Excellence in the category of ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’

    2015 Beautiful South Awards: Bronze in the category of ‘Tourism...

  2. Add St Mildred's Bay to your Itinerary

    St Mildred's Bay

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Westgate-on-Sea

    A beautiful cliff lined sandy bay with promenade and tidal pool.

  3. Add Canterbury Cathedral to your Itinerary

    Canterbury Cathedral

    Type

    Cathedral / Minister

    Location

    Canterbury

    Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

  4. Add Sandwich Guildhall  to your Itinerary

    Sandwich Guildhall

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sandwich

    Take a tour of Sandwich Guildhall.  Built in the reign of Elizabeth I the Guildhall has been enlarged and modified in more recent times. 

    Tours include visits to the ancient Court Room, Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour.  Tours by appointment only – to book contact Sandwich Town Council...

  5. Add Mote Park to your Itinerary

    Mote Park

    Type

    Country / Royal Park

    Location

    Maidstone

    Mote Park has been a popular place to visit for both visitors and locals being a huge green open space in the heart of town. Its vast number of mature trees create a landscape of tranquil beauty.

  6. Add Eastgate House to your Itinerary

    Eastgate House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rochester

    Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, Eastgate House featured in the work of Charles Dickens.

  7. Add The Historic Dockyard Chatham to your Itinerary

    The Historic Dockyard Chatham

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Chatham

    2016 is a year of continuous discovery and exploration at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of Britain's leading maritime heritage destinations and the world's most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

  8. Add Tonbridge Castle to your Itinerary

    Tonbridge Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Tonbridge

    Open all year, Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, Sun/BH 10.30am-4pm. Closed Christmas & New Year. Last tour one hour before closing time. Grounds open daily, free of charge, 8am-dusk. Adults £5.00, concessions £3.00, Family £13.50.

  9. Add Deal to your Itinerary

    Deal

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    High Street, Deal

    Deal, winner of The Telegraph’s High Street of the Year 2013, was once a major port and is steeped in maritime history. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unspoilt promenade or explore the maze of narrow streets and alleys renowned for smuggling during the 18th century.

  10. Add Sandwich to your Itinerary

    Sandwich

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    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...