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Kent

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.

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. Maidstone, Folkestone, Asford, and Dover are all open for business despite Operation Stack and the intermittent closure of parts of the M20. Leeds Castle and Hever Castle not only provide a fascinating insight to history and heritage, but provide a calendar of topical events and activities for all the family.

The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is a fun way to explore the south of Kent while animal lovers won't want to miss Canterbury's Howletts Wild Animal Park or Ashford's Port Lympe Reserve featuring rare species and family favourites such as big cats, gorillas, giraffes and elephants.

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

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, view the list below for information on towns and villages within the county.

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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. Retrace some of history‘s more...

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  1. Add Sandwich to your Itinerary

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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. Canterbury and Coastal Kent

    Historic gateway to England, Canterbury and coastal Kent have glorious countryside, seaside fun, sandy beaches, cinque ports, smuggling, a cathedral city and a World Heritage site.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Canterbury to your Itinerary

    Canterbury

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    A World Heritage Site, Canterbury's famous Cathedral and ancient churches make it one of the most historic and stunning locations in South East England.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Sevenoaks to your Itinerary

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    Sevenoaks

    The town of Sevenoaks has much to offer visitors, with an excellent variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a long history which has left a wealth of heritage.

  10. Add Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook

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    Cranbrook

    Cranbrook, known as the Capital of the Weald, is a pretty town with a medieval layout of streets and alleys – many buildings dating from the 15th century through to the 19th century.