Port Lympne Reserve

Port Lympne Reserve

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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. 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

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. Port Lympne Reserve

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Ashford

    Port Lympne Reserve, set in 600 acres, has something for everyone, whether you're interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery, you'll have a totally wild day out!

  2. Dungeness

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    Dungeness

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

  3. 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.

  4. Goodnestone Park Gardens

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    Garden

    Canterbury

    Set in 14 acres with walled garden, arboretums, woodland and formal area. Awarded 2 stars in The Good Garden Guide. Visit our tearoom for delicious homemade cakes and light lunches made with garden produce. House open for pre-booked groups.

  5. Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Edenbridge

    Romantic 13th century moated castle, once Anne Boleyn's childhood home. Magnificently furnished interiors, spectacular award winning gardens.

  6. West Bay Beach

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    Beach

    Westgate-on-Sea

    A completely tidal bay, with a long stretch of sand when the tide is out.

  7. Romney Marsh

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    New Romney

    "The fifth quarter of the world” Romney Marsh is a truly unique area of special landscape with a long and colourful history and heritage

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Shrine of St Augustine

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    Church / Chapel

    Ramsgate

    This new education, research, and visitor centre, aiming to increase knowledge and accessibility around two themes: the Victorian architect Augustus Pugin, and St Augustine of England, who brought Christianity to southern England for the first time…

  11. Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours

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    Brewery

    Faversham

    Visit Britain's oldest brewer, see how beer is made, discover a 300 year heritage and sample award winning ales and lagers. Visit the Brewery Shop.

  12. Fan Bay Deep Shelter

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    Walking Tour

    Dover

    Take a journey into the past on a guided tour of Fan Bay Deep Shelter in the White Cliffs of Dover. 

  13. Bluewater Shopping Centre

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Bluewater, Greenhithe

    Bluewater, Europe's largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination.

  14. 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.

  15. Deal

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    High Street, Deal

    Deal, winner of The Telegraph’s High Street of the Year 2013, was once a major port and is steeped in maritime history. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unspoilt promenade or explore the maze of narrow streets and alleys renowned for smuggling…

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

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    Museum

    Rolvenden

    Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan, early cycles, motorcycles, toy and model cars and motoring memorabilia.

    www.morganmuseum.org.uk 

  19. Scotney Castle

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    Garden

    Lamberhurst

    Not one but two houses! Victorian country house and ruined 14th century moated castle set in one of England's most romantic 'picturesque' style gardens.

  20. Association of Tourist Attractions in Kent

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    Sightseeing

    Canterbury

    The best and widest selection of days out in Kent.
    Ideas and inspiration including events. Explore enchanting gardens, mysterious castles and historic houses. Animal parks, steam trains, maritime heritage and plenty ‘off the beaten track…

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