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Welcome to Kent, the Garden of England. There are few other places where London is so near, and yet feels so far away, making the county one of the best destinations for a day trip, short break or long holiday in the UK.
Kent has a huge choice when it comes to compelling attractions, beautiful hotels and places to stay. From ultra-modern art galleries to centuries-old heritage sites, you're never stuck for things to do in Kent. We're even one of Europe’s best destinations for beaches...
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Hilton Hotel - Maidstone
A fantastic base for visiting Kent’s attractions, Hilton Maidstone is minutes from the town center and offers easy access to the M20 motorway. Just 30 minutes from the Eurotunnel and 45 minutes from Gatwick and Stansted airports, we’re also a great choice for an overnight while on your travels. While you’re here, you can count on us to provide all the amenities you need – from delicious dining to our LivingWell Health Club, and, of course, comfy rooms and suites. Visit the Website
Bridgewood Manor Hotel - Rochester
A charming four-star hotel in Rochester, Bridgewood Manor is the perfect destination for visitors who wish to explore scenic Kent. In close proximity to Maidstone and not too far away from Leeds Castle, guests will find it easy to discover all the county has to offer. Visit the Website
Great Danes Hotel - Maidstone
Set in scenic countryside next to the famous Leeds Castle, this Kent hotel has 14 meeting and function rooms for 600 guests. Enjoy tennis, golf, the health club, gym or swimming pool in one of the finest spa hotels Kent offers. Visit the Website
Shopping Destinations in Kent
Bluewater Shopping Centre - Greenhithe
Bluewater is Europe's leading retail and leisure destination with 300+ top UK and international brands, more than 50 bars and restaurants, 13,000 FREE car parking spaces, 50 acres of lakes and parkland and a Showcase cinema. Visit the Website
Hempstead Valley - Hempstead
Hempstead Valley has over 50 popular stores, including M&S, Sainsbury's, Argos, TK Maxx, Nando's & Frankie & Benny's. Hempstead Valley was the South East's first and original out of town shopping centre. Visit the Website
Dockside - Chatham
Dockside benefits from an enviable location on the waterfront and makes for a great day out for the whole family. If you’re looking for things to do in the local area during your visit then Chatham has lots to offer, including an Odeon cinema where you can check out the latest film releases and a historic dockyard showcasing historic warships and much more! Visit the Website
Fremlin Walk - Maidstone
The centre has over 50 shops, and these are mainly top high street brands, as well as phone shops, and various shoe shops. There are cafés, coffee shops and bench seating. Since its opening in 2005, Maidstone has made its way into the top 50 shopping towns in the UK Visit the Website
Nugent Shopping Centre - Orpington
Nugent offers a wide range of the UK's favourite brands including Debenhams, M&S, Next, Laura Ashley, Mothercare and lots more. Here, you can browse for the latest fashions, or discover great gifts for friends and family.
As well as our vast selection of shops, there are loads of places to stop to eat and drink and with 320 parking spaces, a visit to Nugent couldn't be easier. Visit the Website
Whitefriars Shopping Centre - Canterbury
Whitefriars is an open air shopping area located to the south west of the city centre within Canterbury’s medieval city walls. With more than 100 shops, the Whitefriars development offers an impressive collection of some of the country's most popular fashion and lifestyle retailers. Visit the Website
Ashford Designer Outlet - Ashford
We have over 80 stores including Polo Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, All Saints, Diesel and Nike all at up to 60% off RRP. Parking is charged at £1 for four hours and is free after 5pm everyday. We are a pet friendly Centre, however please note pets are not permitted in stores. Visit the Website
Royal Victoria Place - Royal Tunbridge Wells
Royal Victoria Place boasts more than 90 top name stores, excellent family facilities and a great range of places to eat and relax. It really couldn't be easier travelling to and from Royal Victoria Place. Located at the heart of Tunbridge Wells and with excellent transport links and great parking facilities. Visit the Website
The Pantiles - Royal Tunbridge Wells
Set in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles is a retail, dining and events venue wrapped in traditional charm.
Beginning its life as a Georgian medicinal Mecca, The Pantiles was formerly known as The Walks and the (Royal) Parade, which leads from the well that gave the town its name. The area was created following the discovery of a chalybeate spring in the early 17th century and is now arguably better known for its famous Jazz nights, diverse boutique shops and a mix of popular cafes, restaurants and bars.. Visit the Website
The Black Horse Inn - Thurnham
The Black Horse Inn is a relaxed and unpretentious, rural, family run Inn set in the Kentish countryside. Its three main offerings: food, drink and bed and breakfast rooms make it a unique and quite frankly stunning bed and breakfast. Visit the Website
Fish on the Green - Bearsted
Fish on the Green is one of Kent’s best seafood restaurants, listed in the Michelin Guide and the proud holder of two AA Rosettes. Visit the Website
Kits Coty - Maidstone
Kits Coty has been in the same family ownership for over 30 years and has evolved considerably in that time. As well as the Brasserie, Conservatory and outside Terrace areas, we also have our 45 seat private dining room. Visit the Website
The Giggling Squid - Brighton
This is our first child; strong and full of character. Originally a fisherman’s cottage, we’ve kept as many of the quirky bits as we can to remind ourselves of what it was like at the very beginning. If you haven’t been, there are lots of little rooms scattered across three floors – not what you’d expect from a Thai restaurant! Visit the Website
Flavours by Kumar - Ramsgate
Based in Ramsgate, Flavours by Kumar is a sharing experience..... and dares you to lose yourself in the sensuous world of spice. Food for me has always been an adventure. My aim is to convey my passion for Indian cuisine in a way which gives you a taste of perfect Indian dishes. I hope you enjoy a taste of the traditional cuisine of the Indian sub-continent. Visit the Website
The Three Tuns - Lower Halstow
The Three Tuns was built in 1468 and has had an ale license since 1764. Inside you will find crackling open fires and a traditional style pub, plus a separate dining area serving fine restaurant food with an ever changing seasonal menu using local produce. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or quality pub food you will be sure to find what you want at The Three Tuns. Visit the Website
Castle View Restaurant - Leeds Castle
The oak-beamed setting of Castle View Restaurant offers delicious meals served in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoyed with spectacular views across the terrace to the magnificent Castle. Visit the Website
The union steakhouse was opened in june of 2013, having been the union inn for the previous 180 years.
we are proud to supply top quality griddled meat cuts as well as a good choice of alternatives such as vegetarian dishes, hallumi and freshly landed fish,
and a great choice of sides, sauces and salads. Visit the Website
CAU Steakhouse - Tunbridge Wells
When we started CAU, our vision was to create a restaurant that would fit perfectly in the heart of Palermo, Buenos Aires. If we could replicate that spirit, vitality, passion and sense of fun, we knew CAU would become a home from home for our diners. Visit the Website
Diggerland - Strood
Buckets of Fun for Everyone! What sets Diggerland apart from its competitors is that it truly is a fun day out for all the family – all ages can participate in the day although for the very young they may have to take control of the digger from the safety of their parents’ laps. Perfect for a family days out!
Visitors never forget their first breathtaking vision of Leeds Castle in Kent, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for almost 900 years. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, special events and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to come back time and again! Visit the Website
Experience 700 years of history at the romantic double-moated castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The splendid rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself. Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. No matter what time of year you visit you are guaranteed a breath-taking display. Visit the Website
Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Today it stands as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester along with the cathedral and cobbled streets. Its Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built about 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the encouragement of Henry I. Consisting of three floors above a basement, it still stands 113 feet high. Attached is a tall protruding forebuilding, with its own set of defences to pass through before the keep itself could be entered at first floor level. Visit the Website
The 28-acre site that constitutes Kent Life has evolved through the years from the historic Sandling Farm, an area that formed part of the wider Allington Castle estate in the mid 16th century – stretching some 461 acres – and was owned by Thomas Wyatt. Visit the Website
Historic Dockyard Chatham
For 400 years, the Royal Dockyard at Chatham MADE ships for the Royal Navy, including the nation’s most loved – HMS Victory. 400 years on, we don’t make ships, but we tell the extraordinary stories of the people who did.
Today laughter, smiles and memories are MADE at The Historic Dockyard Chatham – the most complete dockyard from the age of sail. Come and EXPLORE this amazing place and make YOUR memories with us in 2018. Visit the Website