Places to Visit in Kent

Picturesque views, sea salt in your hair and the smell of apple blossom in the air are just a few things Kent has to offer. There aren’t many places in the UK that are so close to the hustle and bustle of London and yet feel worlds away. Visit the famous cathedral in the medieval city of Canterbury or take a relaxed stroll along the shore of Margate, wherever you choose to visit, Kent has something to delight.

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Why don’t you start your day off on a high? An adrenaline high! Follow in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at the Buckmore Park Kart Circuit. Whether you’re a complete novice or a regular on the racing track, Buckmore offers two turn up ’n’ drive circuits and has Europe’s widest choice of karting experiences! So why not start your engines here on your trip to Kent?

If you’re looking for a truly wild day out look no further than The Aspinall Foundation! With two fun-filled parks, Howletts and Port Lympne Reserve, and over 88 species, this really is a day out to remember. Not only will you get up close to favourites such as gorillas and giraffes but you can also experience the height of luxury and take advantage of the short breaks such as the Tree House Hotel at Aspinall

Tree House Hotel at Aspinall

For those who are seeking some English heritage, what could be better than the home of scientist Charles Darwin? Down House is surrounded by beautiful grounds that can be overlooked from Charles and his wife Emma’s bedroom. You can also see the study where Darwin created his ground breaking theory, ‘On the Origin of Species’. With a tea room serving up delicious delicacies you don’t need to take a stroll down Darwin’s ‘thinking path‘ to figure out whether to visit here or not.

A trip to Kent would not be complete without visiting the most complete dockyard of the age of sail in the world. Dockyard Chatham is 80 acres in size, with over 100 buildings and structures. There are three historic warships, two national museums and much more! This dockyard has been a secret, closed-off site for generations but now it is ready for exploration!

The white cliffs of Dover are an icon for Kent and a destination that is not to be missed, much like Dover Castle, which has stood proud on these cliffs for nine centuries. Meet the characters from Henry II’s court, scurry through the Secret Wartime tunnels where you can witness ‘the miracle of Dunkirk’ and heargripping and gruesome stories from the Underground Hospital.

After a long day out exploring Kent, we bet many of you will dream of settling down to a well-deserved glass of wine. Hush Heath Estate is a secret escape within the beautiful Kentish countryside and the vineyard can be enjoyed any time with a free self-guided tour — or you could book a visit with one of the grand estate’s winery experts!