As one of the oldest counties in the UK, Kent is home to a large variety of historic structures. It is also full of gorgeous English countryside and the amazing coastline along the English Channel, which includes the imposing Cliffs of Dover. Its towns boast entertaining shopping and night life, from antiques to theatre.
1. Visit Historical Sites
Dover Castle, with its view of the English Channel, has been considered the ‘Key to England’ by invading forces throughout history. Most recently, it was the site of World War Two secret planning meetings, which took place in the tunnels under the castle. For more World War Two history, a visit to Winston Churchill’s country estate, Chartwell, is a must. The house has been largely maintained as it was during Churchill’s lifetime. Canterbury Cathedral is one of oldest buildings in Kent. Its heritage stretches back to 597 AD, when it was founded by St. Augustine, and includes the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170.
2. Great Activities for Kids
Kent’s animal parks are excellent entertainment for kids. Wildwood at Herne Bay offers tours through a forest sanctuary to see English wildlife. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park boasts a safari complete with elephants, rhinos, and zebras. Farming World is the place to see giant Shire horses, Scottish Highland cows, and falcons. Other activities that kids love are exploring the maze at Leeds Castle, and checking out the exciting re-enactment battles at Deal Castle. Another kid-friendy location is Dickens World, a Dickensian England adventure land with all sorts of rides and games.
Shopping can be the perfect way to wander around some of Kent’s historic towns. Antiques shops are a thriving business on King’s Mile in Canterbury, and in the town of Tunbridge Wells. Rochester boasts Baggins, the biggest used book store in the UK, as well as a variety of specialist boutiques.
4. Out on the Town
In the evening the towns of Kent buzz with activity. Quality theatre abounds, including shows at the historical 1787 Theatre Royale in Margate. Canterbury is a great place to find cozy pubs and bistros, including the long established Alberry’s Wine Bar and Bistro. Evening candlelit boating on the river in Canterbury is also a lovely way to spend an evening.
Kent is full of amazing green space and coastline. Cycling is a popular way to see the countryside, as are walking tours. Golf courses abound for those who want to hit the links. If you’d like to explore the coastline, a walk along the White Cliffs of Dover is a stunning way to spend an afternoon. Or, for an amazing view, why not go for a hot air balloon ride? There is also kitesurfing, sailing, and seal watching on offer, especially around Herne Bay.