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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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Broadstairs

A stroll around Broadstairs is a journey of discover with a lovely surprise around nearly every corner. You’ll wander along the main thoroughfares...

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  1. 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...

  2. Add Broadstairs to your Itinerary

    Broadstairs

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    Margate

    A stroll around Broadstairs is a journey of discover with a lovely surprise around nearly every corner.

  3. Add Canterbury to your Itinerary

    Canterbury

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    A World Heritage Site, Canterbury's famous Cathedral and ancient churches make it one of the most historic and stunning locations in South East England.

  4. Edenbridge

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    The historic heart of the Eden valley, Edenbridge is a small Kent town that offers history, heritage and fantastic opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast

  5. 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.

  6. Add Romney Marsh to your Itinerary

    Romney Marsh

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    New Romney

    "The fifth quarter of the world” Romney Marsh is a truly unique area of special landscape with a long and colourful history and heritage

  7. 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.

  8. Add Ashford to your Itinerary

    Ashford

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Add Folkestone to your Itinerary

    Folkestone

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    From the historic port of Folkestone to the birdlife at Romney Marsh, there's plenty to discover in this lush and fertile area of Kent.