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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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Gravesend

You will be amazed at all there is to do and see in Gravesend with its surprising combination of fascinating history and modern comfort. At the...

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    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. Add Faversham to your Itinerary

    Faversham

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    Faversham

    Discover Faversham, located in the heart of the Garden of England. Take a stroll down medieval Abbey Street and browse in the range of independent shops in the town centre, crowned by the distinctive Guildhall in the historic Market Place.
    Dating back to pre-Roman times, Faversham is mentioned in...

  5. Add Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate  to your Itinerary

    Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

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    Margate

    Lying on the southeastern coast of Kent, the Isle of Thanet, encompassing the popular seaside resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, is the perfect place to get away and explore.

  6. Add Sittingbourne to your Itinerary

    Sittingbourne

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    Sittingbourne

    Sittingbourne provides an ideal base for walking, cycling, photography and other leisure pursuits.

  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 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 Chilham to your Itinerary

    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.

  10. 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.