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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.

Places to visit 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, while in White Cliffs Country, the coastal town of Deal with its award-winning high street and unspoiled seafront is frequently highlighted as one of the best places to live in Britain. Find out more about the towns and villages that make up the Garden of England using our interactive map of Kent.

Top 10 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. Tankerton Beach

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    Beach

    Whitstable

    As you walk along the Whitstable front you will come to grassy banks that gently slope down to the beach, characterised by pretty wooden beach huts and an established sailing club.

  2. Sittingbourne's Steam Railway

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    Railway

    Sittingbourne

    South East England's only preserved narrow-gauge former industrial railway and features the longest narrow-gauge viaduct in the country, museum and other attractions.

  3. Malling

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    Towns & Villages

    Kent


    In thriving West Malling, a vibrant contemporary town teams up with a rich past - expect eye-catching architecture and tempting shops.

    West Malling boasts plenty of restaurants, pubs, cafés and tea-rooms, while its range of individual stores and…

  4. Cranbrook

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    Towns & Villages

    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.

  5. Canterbury Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Canterbury

    Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

  6. St Mildred's Bay

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    Beach

    Westgate-on-Sea

    A beautiful cliff lined sandy bay with promenade and tidal pool.

  7. Down House - The Home of Charles Darwin

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    Historic House / Palace

    Orpington

    Visit Down House, the family home of Charles Darwin. Explore the atmospheric family rooms where he lived and worked and learn about his fascinating life and groundbreaking theories with our exhibition “Uncovering Origins” .

  8. Dover Town Hall - The Maison Dieu

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    Historic Site

    Dover

    The Maison Dieu, the oldest of the Town Hall buildings, was founded by Hubert de Burgh, then the Constable of Dover Castle in 1203. It provided short term accommodation for travelling pilgrims, and has fulfilled many functions since.

  9. Howletts Wild Animal Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Canterbury

    Consistently a favourite with TripAdvisor reviewers - Kent’s most successful animal park, Howletts near Canterbury, offers a wild day out, like no other!

  10. Coast and Country Rambles Limited

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    Walking

    Faversham

    Coast and Country Rambles offer tailor made, self-guided walking breaks in the glorious county of Kent. You decide what you’d like to see, how far you’d like to walk and Lisa will organise everything for you to enjoy a hassle-free break!

  11. Maidstone

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    Towns & Villages

    Maidstone is the county town of Kent off the M20 near London. Find a map, details of where to go in Maidstone and explore nearby villages and towns

  12. Viking Bay

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    Beach

    Broadstairs

    This magnificent horse shoe shaped bay is the main attraction in Broadstairs.

  13. Maidstone Carriage Museum

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    Museum

    MAIDSTONE

    Maidstone Carriage Musuem is home to a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles & transport curiosities. More than 60 vehicles displayed, from grand carriages & ornate sleighs to antique sedan chairs & Victorian cabs, even an original ice

  14. Canterbury Historic River Tours

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    Boat Trip

    Canterbury

    Previous awards

    2017: Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide European Awards ‘Unique Tour of the Year’

    2016: Finalist in the National Visit England Awards for Excellence in the category of ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’

    2015 Beautiful…

  15. Minster Leas

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    Beach

    Sheerness

    Minster Leas is a Blue Flag award winning (2017) beach on the north coast of the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

  16. Westbrook Bay

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    Beach

    Margate

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

  17. South East England Tourist Guides Association

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    Sightseeing

    Discover the real South East England. Blue or Green Badge Guides who each have an unrivalled knowledge of the region and take pride in helping visitors explore its unique heritage.

  18. The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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    Historic Site

    Chatham

    2016 is a year of continuous discovery and exploration at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of Britain's leading maritime heritage destinations and the world's most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

  19. Royal Engineers Museum

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    Museum

    Gillingham

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II, planes, trains, tanks, bridges, bombs, 25 galleries.

  20. Churchill Theatre

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    Theatre

    Bromley

    An eclectic programme features a popular array of top-quality musicals, drama,
    comedy, dance, family shows, one night events, and world-class pantomime.

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