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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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Ashford

Ashford

Take time to explore the heart of Ashford and you will enjoy the very best of a small market town and all the vibrancy of a modern international...

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  1. 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.

  2. Add Royal Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A magnet for royalty and the gentry, Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent was one of the most fashionable destinations of the Georgian England - ever since the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring over 400 years ago.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Maidstone to your Itinerary

    Maidstone

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    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. Add Medway Towns to your Itinerary

    Medway Towns

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    Named after the River Medway, the area is made up of five towns - Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood - and is only 35 minutes by train from London.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Rochester to your Itinerary

    Rochester

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    Rochester

    The ancient cathedral city of Rochester, with its Norman castle was place cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...