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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.

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. Maidstone, Folkestone, Asford, and Dover are all open for business despite Operation Stack and the intermittent closure of parts of the M20.

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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Willesborough Windmill, 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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    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 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.

  3. Add Sandwich to your Itinerary

    Sandwich

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    Sandwich

    Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports, can lay claim to being one of the most historic towns in the country.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Add Gravesend to your Itinerary

    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

  9. 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

  10. 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.