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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.

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.

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 townsand villages within the county.

Towns and places to visit in Kent

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Kent Thameside is at the heart of the Thames Gateway and covers the Boroughs of Dartford and Gravesham. The area is going to see large scale...

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  1. Add Kent Thameside to your Itinerary

    Kent Thameside

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    Towns & Villages

    Kent Thameside is at the heart of the Thames Gateway and covers the Boroughs of Dartford and Gravesham.

  2. Add Deal to your Itinerary

    Deal

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    Deal

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beautiful unspoilt promenade and the newly restored Pier. Explore the maze of narrow streets where smugglers would evade King George’s men.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Ashford to your Itinerary

    Ashford

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    Towns & Villages

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Gravesend to your Itinerary

    Gravesend

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    Gravesend

    The heritage maritime town that nestles on the south bank of the Thames only a few miles from the heart of London

  7. Add Ramsgate to your Itinerary

    Ramsgate

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    Margate

    Ramsgate is home to the only ‘Royal’ Harbour in the country and has a sparkling marina, award-winning sandy beach, cater-for-all town centre and clifftops that beg to be rambled.

  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 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.

  10. Add Dover to your Itinerary

    Dover

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    Market Square, Dover

    The White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britain's most iconic landmarks, and the star of countless UK and Hollywood movies. Stunning as they are, there's plenty more to discover in the vibrant, historic seaside town of Dover.