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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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Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park can witness world-leading conservation in action this year – all day, every day. Howletts Wild Animal...

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  1. Add Howletts Wild Animal Park to your Itinerary

    Howletts Wild Animal Park

    Type

    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Location

    Canterbury

    Consistently a favourite with TripAdvisor reviewers - Kent’s most successful animal park, Howletts near Canterbury, offers a wild day out, like no other!

  2. Add Minster Leas to your Itinerary

    Minster Leas

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Sheerness

    Minster Leas is a Blue Flag award winning (2017) beach on the north coast of the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

  3. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a unique country house located in the historic village of Chiddingstone in Kent. 

  4. Add Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    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.

  5. Add Action Watersports to your Itinerary

    Action Watersports

    Type

    Activity Organiser

    Location

    Romney Marsh

    As a British Water-ski Accredited Water-ski School and RYA Centre, Action Watersports specialises in offering Water-Skiing, Wakeboarding, Jet Skiing, Stand-up Paddle Boards and FlyBoarding in a controlled, safe but fun environment, on a private freshwater lake. 

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  6. Add Royal Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    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.

  7. Add Rochester Castle to your Itinerary

    Rochester Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Rochester

    One of the finest keeps in England. Also the tallest, partly built on the Roman city wall. Good views from the battlements over the River Medway.

  8. Add Owletts - National Trust to your Itinerary

    Owletts - National Trust

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Cobham

    Owletts is a small red-brick Charles II house with an interesting garden.

  9. Add Medway to your Itinerary

    Medway

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    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.

  10. Add Turner Contemporary to your Itinerary

    Turner Contemporary

    Type

    Arts Centre

    Location

    Margate

    Turner Contemporary is a visual arts organisation, based in Margate that celebrates JMW Turner's association with the town and promotes the understandling and enjoyment of historical and contemporary art.