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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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The Coldrum Long Barrow

The Coldrum Long Barrow

Coldrum Long Barrow is the least-damaged megalithic long barrow in Kent and takes its name from the now demolished Coldrum Lodge Farm. It is...

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  1. Add The Coldrum Long Barrow to your Itinerary

    The Coldrum Long Barrow

    Type

    Viewpoint

    Location

    Maidstone

    Witness the stunning views from the top of the barrow.

  2. Add Bluewater Shopping Centre to your Itinerary

    Bluewater Shopping Centre

    Type

    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Location

    Bluewater, Greenhithe

    Bluewater, Europe's largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination.

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

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

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    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.

  4. Add Maidstone to your Itinerary

    Maidstone

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Maidstone is the county town of Kent and has a long and interesting past with a history which has shaped the way we live in England today.

  5. Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Dover

    Dover Museum, the district's largest and most varied museum, has a range of fascinating real objects, models and original pictures showing the history and archaeology of Dover.

  6. Add Petts Wood and Hawkwood to your Itinerary

    Petts Wood and Hawkwood

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Orpington


    An oasis of peace and tranquillity only 13 miles south-east from the centre of London

    Full of natural history, the area is a haven for all kinds of bird, butterfly, amphibian and plant life.

    William Willett, the leader of the movement to have British Summer Time recognised, is remembered by a...

  7. Add Sittingbourne's Steam Railway to your Itinerary

    Sittingbourne's Steam Railway

    Type

    Railway

    Location

    Sittingbourne

    South East England's only preserved narrow-gauge former industrial railway and features the longest narrow-gauge viaduct in the country, museum and other attractions.

  8. Add Eagle Heights Wildlife Park to your Itinerary

    Eagle Heights Wildlife Park

    Type

    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Location

    Dartford

    Enjoy spectacular views whilst watching displays with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, reptiles. meerkats and unique to the UK, 'Boumani' our cheetah running in the Africa show! All weather attraction!

  9. Add Walmer Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Walmer Castle & Gardens

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Deal

    This castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry Vlll's chain of coastal defences. See the Duke of Wellington's room, the reception rooms and magnificent commemorative gardens of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

  10. 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.