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    Why we love Kent

    From ice-cream parlours to seafood festivals and towns that are on the map for cutting-edge food and art, the ‘Garden of England’ is meant for discovery.  Just a short hop from London takes you to Margate – home to the Turner Contemporary gallery and Dreamland theme park.

    Tuck into delicious oysters and other seafood in Whitstable or try bohemian Ramsgate for a weekend away. Relax among the candy-coloured beach huts of Broadstairs, or bring the past alive in the surrounds of Dover Castle, Leeds Castle or Canterbury Cathedral.

    Alternatively, sample sparkling wines on vineyard tours or explore Kent’s Heritage Coast - voted one of the world’s top regions to visit in 2022 by Lonely Planet.

    Things to do in Kent

    Fresh oysters, stand-up comedy and live music, right beside the beach. Is there a more perfect summer scene?

    Tuck into Whitstable Oyster Festival
    Plate of shucked oysters with a slice of lemon on table
    Whitstable Oyster Festival

    Decorated with an incredible 4.6 million shells, this spectacular underground hideaway has to be seen to be believed.

    Explore The Shell Grotto
    Shell Grotto
    The Shell Grotto

    This cutting-edge modern gallery sits right on Margate’s beach, featuring famous artists and new talents alike.

    Discover the Turner Contemporary
    Turner Contemporary
    Turner Contemporary

    With its jousting tournaments, secret wartime tunnels and Medieval palace, Dover Castle brings Britain's history to life.

    Learn more about Dover Castle
    Dover Castle
    Dover Castle

    Hidden underground, this maze of tunnels is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets – and now, it’s yours to explore...

    Venture into Chislehurst Caves
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    Chislehurst Caves

    Fresh oysters, stand-up comedy and live music, right beside the beach. Is there a more perfect summer scene?

    Tuck into Whitstable Oyster Festival
    Plate of shucked oysters with a slice of lemon on table
    Whitstable Oyster Festival

    Decorated with an incredible 4.6 million shells, this spectacular underground hideaway has to be seen to be believed.

    Explore The Shell Grotto
    Shell Grotto
    The Shell Grotto

    This cutting-edge modern gallery sits right on Margate’s beach, featuring famous artists and new talents alike.

    Discover the Turner Contemporary
    Turner Contemporary
    Turner Contemporary

    With its jousting tournaments, secret wartime tunnels and Medieval palace, Dover Castle brings Britain's history to life.

    Learn more about Dover Castle
    Dover Castle
    Dover Castle

    Hidden underground, this maze of tunnels is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets – and now, it’s yours to explore...

    Venture into Chislehurst Caves
    Awaiting image
    Chislehurst Caves

    Places to stay in Kent

    Margate

    Home to the Turner Contemporary, Dreamland and the surreal Shell Grotto, this seaside town is packed with experiences and plenty of eateries to get your teeth into.

    Canterbury

    The walled city of Canterbury is more like a relaxed town - explore the 11th-century Canterbury cathedral, as well as its many bars and restaurants.

    Sandwich

    With its chalk cliffs and beautiful winding streets, the port of Sandwich features medieval gems and a riverboat service along the River Stour - great for taking in the Kent countryside.

    Explore nearby

    A quirky seaside city filled with diverse cuisine, vintage shopping and adrenaline fuelled adventure.

    Female yoga class taking place on the viewing platform of British Airways i360 Viewing Tower, Brighton, East Sussex, England

    An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

    Picadilly Circus underground station

    Getting to Kent

    One of the easiest modes of transport is by rail. Kent has one of the densest rail networks of any county in Britain, including connections to Europe via the Eurotunnel. By air, the nearest airports to Kent are London Gatwick and London Heathrow, with the journey time from both hubs taking less than two hours by road or rail.

    Getting around

    A vast network of roads, trails, paths and train lines run from town-to-town across the county, leaving you with more time to experience Kent’s coast and countryside.

    By bus

    Buses serve routes across  Kent. Check out Arriva and Stagecoach for the most frequently run services.

    By train

    Most train services in Kent are operated by Southeastern, with the exception of local trains which are operated by Southern. You can use National Rail Enquiries for tickets and route planners.

    By bike

    Kent is a cyclist’s paradise - from bike tours, such as the heritage-led Col’s Kent Bike Tours, to the newly-opened Cantii Way or a host of other trails, it’s a great way to get out into nature and experience the best of what the county has to offer.

    Want to know more?

    Check out Visit Kent for top insider tips and travel inspiration