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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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Tonbridge

Tonbridge Castle

Some superb insights into old England await at Tonbridge and West Malling. Idyllic manor houses and a postcard-pretty castle sit in an ancient...

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  1. Add Tonbridge to your Itinerary

    Tonbridge

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    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Tonbridge

    Tonbridge dates back to well before Norman times, having the remains of a Norman castle which is open to the public.

  2. Add Westbrook Bay to your Itinerary

    Westbrook Bay

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Margate

    This is a great family beach with a sandy bay with a small section of sand at high tide.

  3. Add Buckmore Park Kart Circuit to your Itinerary

    Buckmore Park Kart Circuit

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Location

    Chatham

    Experience the thrills of high speed with sharp bends, head for Buckmore Park International kart circuit where Lewis Hamilton and many of Britain's Formula One drivers learned their trade. Buckmore Park offers karting for four to 80!

  4. Add Eagle Heights Wildlife Park to your Itinerary

    Eagle Heights Wildlife Park

    Type

    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Location

    Dartford

    Enjoy spectacular views whilst watching displays with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, reptiles. meerkats and unique to the UK, 'Boumani' our cheetah running in the Africa show! All weather attraction!

  5. Add Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat receiving theatre offering an eclectic programme with everything from family shows to classical music, including West End touring musicals and drama, dance, comedy, opera and classical, ballet and more.

  6. Add Capstone Farm Country Park to your Itinerary

    Capstone Farm Country Park

    Type

    Country / Royal Park

    Location

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  7. Add Mariners Hill  to your Itinerary

    Mariners Hill

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Far from the sea, but still a great view


    Mariners Hill is much enjoyed by local people and dog walkers, who value its tranquil walks and excellent panoramic views of the Weald.

    The wildlife in the area includes many native birds and an array of dead-wood invertebrates. The hill has...

  8. Add Dover Castle  to your Itinerary

    Dover Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Dover

    Discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle! Step inside the Great Tower and immerse yourself in the medieval world and royal court of King Henry ll. Travel deep inside the White Cliffs and tour the Underground Hospital.

  9. Add Coastal Kent to your Itinerary

    Coastal Kent

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's

    Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's coast is a feast for your eyes. Discover stunning sandy beaches and sea-carved chalk cliffs.

  10. Add Smallhythe Place to your Itinerary

    Smallhythe Place

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Tenterden

    Early 16th Century house owned by early Victorian actress Ellen Terry. Full of theatrical mementoes and personal items. Charming cottage garden and barn theatre. Café is open 11.30 – 4.30 . Many events throughout the year.