Why Kent?

Whatever your interest, Kent is full of exciting attractions for everyone.
Even though London is so near to Kent it won't feel like it.

Surrounded by coastline and beautiful landscapes Kent offers attractions from contemporary art galleries to historic houses. It's a perfect UK destination for families, couples on a romantic break, and solo travellers.

Heritage & Gardens

Kent is a country steeped in heritage and history and is home to many castles, stately homes and medieval ruins. Canterbury is a World Heritage site and includes the magnificent and architecturally stunning Canterbury Cathedral. Kent is also home to England's second oldest Cathedral - Rochester.

Whilst visiting Canterbury learn about the lives and achievements of of Churchill, Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin. You can roam the homes of lords and ladies, butlers and parlour-maids or discover medieval cinque ports, Tudor villages, Georgian resorts, gracious Victorian houses. You'll learn so much!

Home to some of England's greatest gardens, Kent boasts world-famous sites like Hever Castle and Penshurst Place, and also smaller gardens such as the Secret Gardens of Sandwich, Goodnestone Park Gardens and Brogdale.

Outdoor Activities

From attractions for all ages, to a memorable family beach holiday - discover Kent and it's wonderful landscape. With plenty of beaches, there's no end to the number of great, free days out in Kent.

Kent's coast offers both adventure and adrenaline and traditional sea-side fun. If you're looking for action packed holiday why not try wakeboarding, surfing or sailing whilst on holiday in Kent.

For those who prefer land to sea, explore Kent through walking or cycling across the region. With over 4200 miles of public rights ways alone you won't get bored! Not only that but Kent has plenty of country parks, special and nature reserves. But of course don't forget the world famous White Cliffs of Dover!

For fan's of golf, Kent is a great place to visit for your next golfing break. There are plenty of courses on offer ranging from Championship to links courses.

Nature & Wildlife

Kent has some great wildlife attractions on offer that are perfect for those on a family holiday. The Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are home to lions and giraffes, rhinos and gorillas. While at the Rare Breeds Centre, 100 acres of unspoilt countryside is home to unusual farm animals, ranging from cows to owls, pigs and lambs.

Kent is a truly beautiful country and is home to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Kent Downs and the High Weald AONBs. If you've come to see the abundance of wildlife on offer in Kent then a visit to The Kent Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Tyland Barn HQ is a must. Or how about bringing your walking boots or bike and explore the Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, which is perfect for cyclists, walkers and horse riders and the family.

Arts & Crafts

Kent is home to many galleries and museums including Margate's Turner Contemporary organisation with has put Margate up their in the art world. With plenty of artists and Folkestone's Creative Corner is now filled with independent shops, boutiques, cafes amongst artists galleries, exhibitions and workshops.

As well as putting on big touring shows, the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury showcases up and coming work. In Kent, you can also get inspired by top-class events and each October, the Canterbury Festival draws 60,000 people to 200 free and ticketed events, ranging from music, theatre and dance, to exhibitions, walks and comedy.

Shopping & Well Being

There's plenty of shopping and entertainment on offer in Kent. From independent and boutique stores to designer brands there's something for all tastes and styles. After spending days exploring the fantastic countryside and coastline, why not head to Bluewater or Ashford Designer Outlet for a bit of retail therapy?

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