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Children playing on Margate beach, Kent

Children playing on Margate beach, Kent

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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.

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, visit the official tourism website for Kent. Also, visit our new Apps & Guides section for inspiration on the go on your mobile and experience all that Kent has to offer.

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Chilham

Chilham

Renowned for its beauty and charm, the Kentish village of Chilham lies high above the valley of the River Stour in the picturesque Kent Downs. An...

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    Chilham

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    Chilham

    Lying high above the valley of the River Stour in the picturesque Kent Downs, the village of Chilham and its medieval square offer a real taste of history, beautifully complemented by some of the finest countryside in the South East.

  2. Add Herne Bay to your Itinerary

    Herne Bay

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    Herne Bay

    The resort of Herne Bay is a popular destination for water sports, wind surfing, sailing, zapcats racing and jet skiing but is still suitable for sandcastles, swimming and excellent fishing too.
    Popular wildlife sailing trips leave most days to see seals and dolphin in their natural habitat. At...

  3. Add Medway to your Itinerary

    Medway

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    Relax and enjoy the sensational historic capital in Maritime Kent, encompassing Rochester and Chatham. Retreat and let down your defences in the fantastic surroundings of the ancient city of Rochester, home to England’s second oldest cathedral.

  4. Add Chatham to your Itinerary

    Chatham

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    Chatham

    Chatham (Kent) a fascinating maritime destination with a history stretching back over 400 years.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

  9. Add Elham to your Itinerary

    Elham

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    Elham

    Nestling in the heart of the inspiring Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty, the historic village of Elham is truly one of the most picturesque in East Kent.
    Elham’s 43 listed buildings illustrate a long history, from the late medieval Church of St. Mary and fine timber-framed houses of Tudor...

  10. Add Maidstone to your Itinerary

    Maidstone

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    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.