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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.

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. Leeds Castle and Hever Castle not only provide a fascinating insight to history and heritage, but provide a calendar of topical events and activities for all the family.

The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is a fun way to explore the south of Kent while animal lovers won't want to miss Canterbury's Howletts Wild Animal Park or Ashford's Port Lympe Reserve featuring rare species and family favourites such as big cats, gorillas, giraffes and elephants.

Use the search box on the left of this page to find more events and attractions in Kent.

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, view the list below for information on towns and villages within the county.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Tenterden to your Itinerary

    Tenterden

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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.

  5. Add Margate to your Itinerary

    Margate

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    Margate

    Margate is a timeless seaside resort where traditional seaside fun and entertainment sits happily alongside modern water sports and exciting new developments.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Add Gillingham to your Itinerary

    Gillingham

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    Gillingham

    Gillingham is an important retail centre serving the local community. It has a twice weekly market which is ideal for the bargain hunters to wander around.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.