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Thanet

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.

Towns and places to visit in Kent

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Tonbridge

Tonbridge Castle

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 Coastal Kent to your Itinerary

    Coastal Kent

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    Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's

    Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's coast is a feast for your eyes. Discover stunning sandy beaches and sea-carved chalk cliffs.

  3. Add Sissinghurst to your Itinerary

    Sissinghurst

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    Sissinghurst

    Sissinghurst is a small village in the county of Kent and was originally called Milkhouse Street before changing it's name in the 1850s.

  4. 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...

  5. Add Faversham to your Itinerary

    Faversham

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    Faversham

    Discover Faversham, a picturesque historic market town, located in the heart of the Garden of England.

  6. Add Margate to your Itinerary

    Margate

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    Margate

    Margate is a timeless seaside resort where traditional seaside fun and entertainment sits happily alongside modern water sports and exciting new developments.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Tenterden to your Itinerary

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    Tenterden

    Tenterden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’, offers the best of all worlds; fascinating history, a wealth of architecture and excellent shopping.

  10. Add Edenbridge to your Itinerary

    Edenbridge

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    Edenbridge

    The historic heart of the Eden valley, Edenbridge is a small Kent town that offers history, heritage and fantastic opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast