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Kent, the Garden of England

Kent, the Garden of England

Explore the area’s rich history and heritage at iconic landmarks. Relax among captivating lavender fields, orchards, vineyards and oast houses. Discover the outstanding culture with cutting edge galleries, theatre, nightlife and illustrious festivals. Enjoy stunning sunsets along the 350 miles of beautiful coastline.

Whatever your group’s taste, you won’t be stuck for things to do in Kent.

The historic county of Kent is renowned for its rural beauty and historically known as the ‘Garden of England’.  Its spectacular coastline and powerful White Cliffs sit majestically on the English Channel, where Kent has been poised as the strategic gateway of Britain for centuries, not only repelling invaders but welcoming visitors and commerce.

Location

  • Close to London  – Kent can make an easy day-trip for London based tours
  • Close to continental Europe – Easy access from France, Belgium, Holland and Germany across the Channel with P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and Eurostar

Iconic attractions

  • Canterbury Cathedral – Britain’s oldest Cathedral
  • Kent has more castles than any other county – including Leeds Castle, the’ loveliest castle in the world’ and Dover Castle, the ‘key to England’
  • The White Cliffs of Dover

Famous faces

  • Charles Dickens
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales
  • Charles Darwin (Darwin’s home, Down House, is in Kent)
  • Sir Winston Churchill (Churchill’s home, Chartwell, is in Kent)
  • Henry VIII and the Tudors
  • Ian Fleming/James Bond
  • Jane Austen

Gardens

  • Kent is world renowned as “The Garden of England”
  • Over 180 to choose from – from well know gardens such as Sissinghurst to small family run gardens like Goodnestone Park Gardens and Hole Park
  • Many offer tours for groups with their Head Gardener

Countryside

  • Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Kent Downs, High Weald
  • More conservation areas than any other county in England

Magnificent Coastline

  • 15 sandy bays across Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate
  • Watersports – Kite Surfing, Sailing, Jet Skiing, Surfing
  • Boat Trips – Seal colony, Wind Farm, Sea Forts
  • Traditional Beach Huts – Whitstable, Herne Bay, Broadstairs

Local food and drink

  • Romney Marsh Lamb, Dover Sole and Whitstable Oysters
  • Vineyards: Chapel Down, Biddenden – award winning English wine
  • Real Ales: Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest brewer.
  • BrogdaleOver 2,300 different varieties of apple

Shopping

Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells and Tenterden are just three favourite Kent towns to shop. Prefer to shop in one Europe’s leading retail and shopping centre? Bluewater has over 300 stores offering UK and international brands, 60 restaurants, cinemas, leisure activities and more. Outlet shopping? McArthurGlen Outlet Centre in Ashford has 80 stores full of designer bargains.

Unique accommodation

  • Oast Houses
  • Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
  • Officers Accommodation, Historic Dockyard Chatham
  • Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle
  • Castle accommodation (Leeds, Walmer, Dover & Hever)
  • Livingstone Lodge (Port Lympne Wild Animal Park)
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