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Kent, famous for the dramatic white cliffs of Dover, stunning English landscape, bustling seaside resorts, award-winning heritage coastline, historic castles and towering cathedrals.  Long known as 'The Garden of England', the county of Kent is home to lush green countryside scattered with glorious gardens and vineyards producing tasty English wine. 

A walkers and cyclist's paradise, with a wealth of national trails and cycle routes that criss cross their way through the Kent countryside.  Rich in history and heritage, it is full of stories from a time, long since passed, home to world renowned Canterbury Cathedral and the best preserved medieval village in England, Sandwich.  With a host of royal connections, film and TV links, entertaining indoor and outdoor attractions, there's no shortage of things to do in Kent.  

Places to visit in Kent

Take a short break to Kent and delve into the county's famous past, with a visit to the historic city of Canterbury.  No visit here is complete without the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a stroll or a boat trip along the Great Stour river, wander the winding streets to see the historic timber-framed buildings with overhanging upper floors.   

Head to Kent's award-winning coastline, a beautiful place to visit all year round.  Explore the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, the infamous Dover Castle, or join an exhilarating trip to view the White Cliffs from the water and see seals in their natural environment.  Head along the coast to the picturesque seaside town of Deal, frequently highlighted as one of the best places to live in Britain, offering scenic views of the English Channel out towards the notorious Goodwin Sands, mixing fishermen’s cottages with well-preserved Georgian town houses. Don't miss the chance to make a stop along the way in the coastal village of St Margaret's at Cliffe, before heading on to Sandwich with its romantic charm and perfectly preserved medieval houses.

In 2021, Kent's Heritage Coast was on only part of the UK featured in the Lonely Planet’s list of the world’s best regions to visit in 2022.  Definitely one to add to your 2022 visit list.

Explore historic Maidstone, known as the events capital of Kent, with its eclectic mix of unique stores and high street favourites, and the River Medway at its heart, linking Rochester and the Thames Estuary.  Home to the famous Leeds Castle, an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Kent countryside.

The Isle of Thanet is a peninsular at the most easterly point of Kent, comprising of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, it regularly boasts the most blue flag beaches in the UK. Home to the famous Margate Caves, the iconic Dreamland amusement park, the only 'Royal' harbour in the country, with a thriving arts and culture, food and drink scene, its the perfect place to discover your retro vibe. 

Find out more about the towns and villages that make up the Garden of England using our interactive map of Kent.

Top 15 things to do in Kent

Find more things to do in Kent today by using the search box or viewing the map at the bottom of this page.

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 a fun day out to be had 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 accommodation 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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  1. Ramsgate Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Ramsgate

    Situated in the Clock House on the quayside at Ramsgate Harbour, Ramsgate Maritime Museum focuses strongly on Ramsgate and its immediate environs, with a brief introduction to the rest of the region's maritime past.

  2. Dickens House Museum

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    Historic House / Palace

    Broadstairs

    The museum is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield.

  3. Winter Gardens Margate

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    Theatre

    Margate

    Opened on August 3rd 1911 by the Mayor of Margate. Providing Hospitality and Leisure Services in Partnership with Thanet District Council. Two theatres, four bars, catering for up to 700 people, parties, plays and exhibitions

  4. Cobtree Manor Park

    AYLESFORD

    Cobtree Manor Park has over 50 acres of parkland displaying a diverse and maturing collection of trees and shrubs. The Park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a visitor centre and café serving…

  5. Margate Museum

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    Margate

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum who work with Thanet District Council to open Margate Museum on a regular basis.

  6. The Chapel Down Winery

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    Vineyard

    Tenterden

    The best wines in England available in the shop plus excellent local and regional produce. Guided tours during summer, wine tasting and bistro.

  7. Sandwich

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    Cattle Market, Sandwich

    Sandwich in White Cliffs Country is a true hidden gem. One of the original Cinque Ports, grouped together by Edward the Confessor for defence purposes, Sandwich is relaxed, rustic and romantic - and has been described as “the completest medieval…

  8. 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.

  9. Dumpton Gap

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    Dumpton Gap offers one of the best low tide walking routes to Ramsgate during low tide.

  10. Faversham

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    Faversham

    Discover Faversham, a picturesque historic market town, located in the heart of the Garden of England.

  11. The Brook Theatre

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    Theatre

    Chatham

    Formerly Chatham Town Hall, The Brook Theatre is a hive of entertainment, activity and learning.

  12. Hangloose Adventure Bluewater

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Dartford

    Hangloose it now open and Bluewater is delighted to be the home for the new Skywire, England’s longest and fastest zipline! Located on the majestic Bluewater cliffs, the zipline is just the first of a number of sensational adrenaline activities that…

  13. Sandwich Guildhall

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    Historic House / Palace

    Sandwich

    Take a tour of Sandwich Guildhall.  Built in the reign of Elizabeth I the Guildhall has been enlarged and modified in more recent times. 

    Tours include visits to the ancient Court Room, Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour.  Tours by appointment…

  14. Crampton Tower Museum

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    Broadstairs

    The Crampton Tower Museum is a fascinating small museum is partly housed in a flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station.

  15. Cranbrook

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    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.

  16. St. Thomas a Becket Church

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    Capel Le Ferne

    Basically a Norman church from the 14th Century with significant wall paintings of 13th Century on the north wall.

  17. Dungeness

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    Dungeness

    Dungeness is a headland on the coast of Kent, England, formed largely of a shingle beach.

  18. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

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    Garden

    Sevenoaks

    Beautiful hillside garden, privately owned by the Rogers family since 1840, extensive views across Weald of Kent. Spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas, fine specimen trees and roses. Bluebell and natural woodland walks. Childrens play area.

  19. Kentish Lady

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    Boat Tours

    MAIDSTONE

    The Kentish Lady River boat is synonymous with Maidstone and is one of Kent’s premier excursion providers, between Spring and Autumn we provide a unique experience of the Upper River Medway, we also offer self-drive hire on the Upper Medway with our…

  20. Pegwell Bay

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    Coastal

    Ramsgate

    This is an ideal bay for exploring, with a large stretch of sea cliffs and is an area of great geological interest.

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