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Kent: The Garden of England
Located in the South East and bordering Greater London, Kent is a picturesque area that is labelled as the ‘Garden of England’. As well as being famed for its scenic nature, the county boasts historic sites, renowned shopping opportunities, charming hotels and fun-filled activities. Not to mention that Kent is also famed for its ale and wine production, with the region being a traditional hotbed for growing hops.
Historical Kent Attractions
History and Kent go hand in hand, and this aspect of the county is thankfully preserved due to various sites that celebrate its heritage. With that in mind, one of the main jewels in Kent’s sparkling crown is Canterbury on the whole, as this historic city offers a notable amount of major attractions. The main one being Canterbury Cathedral, with this famous gothic-style structure dating back to 597 and being accredited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another celebrated site that is certainly worth adding to the ‘must visit’ list is Dover Castle. A medieval castle that was founded in the 11th century, this breath-taking monument – which provides stunning views alongside fascinating history – is known as the largest castle in England. Speaking of such an establishment in Kent, Leeds Castle in Maidstone is seen as one of the most beautiful and romantic castles that England possesses. Other popular and highly regarded historical attractions in the region include the Hever Castle & Gardens, Ramsgate Tunnels and the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Nature & Family-Friendly Fun
If nature is your thing, you will find a vast selection of wonderful sights that are a delight for the eyes in Kent. Perhaps the most iconic nature-related attraction is the White Cliffs of Dover, with this unique and world-famous landscape a favourite due to supplying striking views, enjoyable walks and wildlife fun. In need of a charming place to unwind? The county is home to a number of regarded parks including Lower Leas Coastal Park, Mote Park and Dunorlan Park. Beaches are also a significant part of the Kent scenery, with Viking Bay and Dymchurch Beach two of the most popular choices. As far as things for all the family, Kent has everything from sports activities to theme parks. The latter of which is Diggerland, a distinctive and charming amusement park that has rides and allows for using JCB diggers, dumper trucks and more! And for a zoo-like experience, the Wingham Wildlife Park has, along with restaurants and play areas, over 200 different species to uncover that are spread across 26 acres. Other animal-themed fun can be had at Kent Life, Rare Breeds Centre and Howletts Wild Animal Park.
If you are looking to pile up your hotel room with an unhealthy number of gifts and presents for others, few areas in England contribute the volume of shops that are present in Kent. This is arguably best emphasised by the popular Bluewater Shopping Centre. This acclaimed shopping centre comes equipped with more than 300 stores and over 50 restaurants in total – ensuring at least a day needs to be dedicated to this attraction! Another destination in the same vein that’s worth considering is the Ashford Designer Outlet, which features high-end retailers offering discounted products. And the Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre in Maidstone – with approximately 50 famous stores – is also one of the best centralised places for shopping in Kent. But don’t just depend on sleek shopping centres for your buying needs. Amongst the streets of places such as Canterbury, Rochester and Whitstable, you can discover an exciting and unique mix of independent establishments that supply individual items you won’t find anywhere else!
Festivals for All
From revolving around music to action sports, festivals and events are a frequent fixture in the Kent calendar. One of the main events delivered each July is the Kent County Show, which is a major celebration of the countryside, rural life and farming. The Dartford Festival and the War & Peace Revival also take place in the same month, with the former a free-to-enter event that provides family-friendly activities over two days, while the latter blends military history with entertainment. Other highlights are the annual Faversham Hop Festival, National Apple Festival and Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas – the latter being a holiday celebration revolving around famous writer Charles Dickens. And for something a little different, the Wheels and Fins Festival located on Joss Bay Beach is one of the most exhilarating events in Kent. Along with live music, this festival also includes activities such as skateboarding, surfing and soapbox racing.
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Hotel Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre hotel Canterbury
Located minutes from the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, the Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre hotel offers budget-friendly accommodation and an on-site restaurant. Guest rooms feature en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels and tea and coffee making facilities are among the other amenities. The Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre hotel offers free Wi-Fi and the option to upgrade to a premium Internet service. The Thyme restaurant serves full and continental breakfasts, snacks and evening meals. Alternative eateries in the area include Cafe De China and the Moat Tea Rooms. The hotel is within walking distance of attractions such as St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury Castle and the Canterbury Tales. Howletts Wild Animal Park and Wealden Forest Park are within easy reach by road. more
Hotel Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel Canterbury
Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel is a breath taking, Gothic hotel, set in 2 acres of glorious grounds and yet just 10 minutes easy walk from the centre of Canterbury. Rooms at Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel are impressive and en-suite. They include beverage facilities, Freeview television, ironing facilities and Wi-Fi. Set in a stunning and peaceful setting, guests also enjoy the advantage of free on-site car parking and room service. Using locally sourced produce wherever possible, the Fountain Restaurant specialises in modern British cuisine, whilst the Westfield Bar offers appealing snacks and a perfect ambiance in which to enjoy an impressive range of beers, lagers and wines. Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and from St. Lawrence Cricket Ground, it is the hotel’s location that scores highly! It is also, just a twenty minute drive from Dover Ferry Terminal. more
Hotel Hotel The Falstaff Canterbury
Hotel The Falstaff is very historic and old hotel located in Canterbury and features a stunning interior of oak beams and other original details. The en suite bedrooms feature climate control, coffee and tea facilities, hairdryer, television, pay movies and complimentary toiletries. The hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire building, a beautiful garden, 24-hour room service and free parking. A full English breakfast is served each morning and there is a traditional bar that has a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a beer or cocktail. There are also a number of great restaurants located within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel The Falstaff is located only a two-minute walk from the city centre and is close to many attractions including Norman Catheral, Westgate Gardens and Towers, Canterbury Cathedral, St. Martin’s Church and Marlowe Theatre. A golf course is located only three kilometres away and the Canterbury West Rail station is short walk away. more
Hotel Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Canterbury
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is situated in the private grounds of the world-famous cathedral. Guestrooms feature flatscreen TVs, phones and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. Many also boast cathedral views. Guests can relax in the hotel's garden or in the library. Free newspapers are available and there are also meeting rooms on site. Other amenities include luggage storage. A traditional full English breakfast is served every day. Guests can dine in the refectory or outside on the terrace. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a couple of minutes from the historic centre of the city and a few hundred metres from the nearest train station (Canterbury West). Within 15-minutes' walk of the hotel are St. Martin's Church, Canterbury Christ Church University and, of course, Canterbury Cathedral. Also in the area are the Canterbury Roman Museum and St. Augustine's Abbey. more
Hotel Holiday Inn Express Canterbury Canterbury
Holiday Inn Express Canterbury is a three-star hotel with 89 rooms spread over three floors. It features a business centre, TV lounge, central heating, free onsite parking and is wheelchair accessible. The hotel is just 10 minutes away from the city centre. The rooms feature soundproofed windows that open, satellite TV and a desk. Other amenities include coffee/tea making facilities, a hairdryer and a radio. Each room has a private bathroom with a power shower. There is free Wi-Fi available in the guestrooms. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and newspapers in the lobby, conference rooms and a hotel safe. Non-smoking rooms are also available. The hotel has a restaurant called Great Room, a snack bar and lounge. Breakfast is included in the room rate and both hot and cold items are available. Holiday Inn Express Canterbury is ten minutes away from Canterbury Cathedral and four and a half kilometres from Mount Ephraim Gardens. more
Hotel The Pilgrims Rest Canterbury
Relive Chaucer's famous tale by checking out the Pilgrim's Rest Inn in Canterbury. Built between the 16th and 18th century, this converted manor house gives you the feel of Chaucer's England. The inn offers twin, double and family rooms to accomodate a wide range of travelers. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, coffee and tea making supplies and TV. Wi-Fi service is available upon request. All rooms are nin-smoking. The inn offers desk service throughout the day and offers guests keys for those who wish to return to the inn late at night. The inn offers on-site parking abd Wi-Fi in public areas. The inn offers a full breakfast service. The Pilgrim's Rest is located within a few miles of Canterbury. It is also a short drive from the towns of Sandwich, Broadstairs and Whitstable. In addition, the inn is located near ferries that can take guests across the Channel. more
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