Part of Kent’s attraction is the 350 miles of coast line and there are numerous resorts to enjoy. The historic port of Ramsgate is Britain’s only Royal Harbour and its marina has a great selection of restaurants. Discover the beaches or take a boat to see the seals on the Goodwin Sands.
There are great walks along the cliffs – you can walk to the old world charm of Broadstairs to discover the sandy bays and beaches such as Joss Bay, Botany Bay and Viking Bay, whilst in town you can visit the Dickens Museum, a host of restaurants and cafes and the retro ice cream parlours. Margate is home to an artistic vibe with vintage shops and galleries including the Turner Contemporary. The traditional charm of Whistable, with its maritime history and laid back atmosphere makes it an ideal place to visit.
Castles feature prominently across Kent The Chatham area is populated by Upnor Castle, Great Lines and Fort Amherst. Elsewhere you will find castles at Dover, Deal, Walmer, Rochester and Richborough. Hever Castle and Scotney Castle are spectacular but perhaps the most impressive of all is Leeds Castle, south east of Maidstone with 500 acres of grounds, a maze, falconry displays and 900 years of history.
The White Cliffs of Dover are world famous and the visitor centre provides a wealth of information. Take a cliff walk to view two wrecks, visit Fan Bay Deep Shelter and South Foreland Lighthouse.
The Canterbury skyline is dominated by Canterbury Cathedral, part of a world heritage site. With over 1 million visitors a year Britain’s oldest cathedral remains an important destination for visitors and pilgrims alike.
Kent is well known for its gardens, with over 180 different sites including Sissinghurst, Penhurst, Goodnestone and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens.
Faversham is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame.
Famous faces from Kent are well known on the world stage, with likes of Winston Churchill, Geoffrey Chaucer – author of the Canterbury Tales, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens all having lived in Kent.
The Rolling Stones musicians Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up in Dartford. You can find Darwin’s home at Down House where he wrote “On the Origin of Species”. Dickens has a special place in Kent’s history and the county is dotted with sites to visit including the Dickens Museum, Restoration House and the annual Dickens festival held in June at Broadstairs.
If you are looking for shopping then visit Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells or the Blue Water shopping centre at Dartford. Be sure to check out car boot sales in Kent guide.
Kent has a wide selection of annual events including the Whitstable Oyster festival in July, Margate’s August Soul Weekend, Ramsgate Festival and the Canterbury Festival – an international arts festival.
Be sure to read our Things to do in Kent guide for more inspiration.