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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 2023 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.

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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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    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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    Broadstairs

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

  3. 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.

  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. Balfour Winery

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    Vineyard

    Tonbridge

    Tours at Hush Heath take guests through the magical countryside of the Garden of England, the vineyards, ancient oak woodlands, apple orchards and meadows of our 400 acre family estate.

  6. Chilham

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    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. Borden

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    Borden

    Borden is a village and electoral ward situated immediately south west of Sittingbourne, Kent.

  8. Sandwich Guildhall Museum

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    Sandwich

    Located in the heart of Sandwich Town Centre in the 16th century Guildhall, the museum tells the story of Sandwich from Mesolithic times to the modern day.  There’s an array of artefacts plus display of an original Magna Carta and Charter of the…

  9. Ramsgate

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    Margate

    Ramsgate is home to the only ‘Royal’ Harbour in the country, a sparkling marina, award-winning sandy beach , history and heritage and cliff tops that beg to be rambled.

  10. Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and Queen's Regiment Museum

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    Dover


    The collection traces the history of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment through four and a quarter centuries of service to the Crown.

  11. White Horse Wood Country Park

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    Maidstone

    The White Horse Country Park is set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The park offers beautiful countryside, local history and panoramic views and hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle.

  12. 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.

  13. Ashford

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    Ashford is a town in Kent boasting a lively cosmopolitan centre and world-class shopping with plenty of places to visit and things to do nearby

  14. Stone Bay

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    Broadstairs

    A beautiful bay with scope for rock pooling.

  15. Dumpton Gap

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    Broadstairs

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

  16. Belmont House and Gardens

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    Faversham

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris clock collection, mementos of connections with India. Gardens and pinetum.

  17. Isle of Sheppey

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    The towns and villages scattered throughout the Isle of Sheppey shelter centuries of rich maritime and aviation histories.

  18. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

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    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.

  19. St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe & St. Margaret’s Bay

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    St Margarets At Cliffe

    This beautiful hidden gem of White Cliffs Country has at its heart the picturesque seaside village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe and secluded cove at St. Margaret's Bay.

  20. Walmer Castle & Gardens

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    Deal

    This castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry Vlll's chain of coastal defences. See the Duke of Wellington's room, the reception rooms and magnificent commemorative gardens of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

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