5 great places to caravan in Kent
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Kent is located in the southeast of England and is known for its rich history, beautiful countryside and stunning coastlines. The county has a population of 1.85m and is bordered by the English Channel to the south, and by Surrey, Greater London, Essex and East Sussex to the north and west.
Kent is home to a wealth of historic landmarks and heritage sites including Leeds Castle, Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, which are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The county is also known for its beautiful countryside, which includes the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to several major rivers, including the Thames and the Medway, which offer opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Kent’s variety of beaches, cliffs and marshes are beautiful and ideal for hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
There is also a wide choice of venues for shopping, including several major shopping centres and a variety of independent boutiques. Not forgetting all the museums and galleries that are on offer if you’re looking to soak up a bit of culture.
There are many restaurants and cafes serving a range of cuisine. Kent is known for its Kentish huffkins and Caterbury tart. Kentish huffkins are soft, round rolls flavoured with spices such as nutmeg and mace and often eaten with butter and jam or honey. The Canterbury tart is made with pastry, jam, and a filling of ground almonds, eggs and sugar, and is served with cream or custard.
Kent is also known for its beer and ale, which are brewed using locally-grown hops. Some of the most famous Kentish ales include Shepherd Neame and Spitfire, both of which are available throughout the county.
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5 GREAT KENT LOCATIONS…
A historic town that dates back to Roman times, Canterbury is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kent. The town is known for its impressive cathedral, rich history, and picturesque streets and buildings. The city has a rich history dating back to Roman times, and visitors can explore ancient walls, ruins and other historic buildings throughout the city.
Canterbury Cathedral is over 1,400 years old and is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features stunning stained glass windows, impressive vaulted ceilings, and the tomb of Thomas Becket.
Canterbury also has a thriving cultural scene, with several theatres, music venues, and galleries showcasing the work of local and international artists. The city is home to the Marlowe Theatre, which hosts a wide range of productions throughout the year, as well as the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, a museum and cultural centre.
Maidstone is the county town of Kent and with a population of around 165,000 people, it is also the largest town, serving as a major commercial and cultural centre for the county. It has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many historic buildings and sites. One of the most famous attractions is Leeds Castle, which dates back over 900 years and is known for its beautiful gardens and moat.
Maidstone has a lively cultural scene and boasts several theatres, including the Hazlitt Theatre and the River Stage at the Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre, which hosts concerts and other live events throughout the year. There’s also a thriving shopping and dining scene, with several major shopping centres and a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. The town is particularly known for its independent shops and boutiques, which offer a wide range of unique and handmade goods.
Folkestone is situated on the English Channel and one of its main attractions is its coastal scenery. The town has a long stretch of sandy beach that is popular with visitors during the summer months. The beachfront also has a promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops, providing a pleasant place to stroll and enjoy the sea views.
Folkestone is also known for its historic landmarks, including the Leas Lift, a Victorian funicular railway that offers stunning views of the seafront and the town. There’s also the historic Folkestone Harbour Arm, a pier that has been restored and converted into a vibrant hub of independent shops, restaurants and bars.
The town has a thriving arts community, hosting a number of art festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. It’s also a great base for exploring the surrounding area as it’s close to the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a short drive from the famous White Cliffs of Dover.
A charming seaside town that is known for its oysters, beaches and watersports, Whitstable is located on the north side of the county overlooking the Thames Estuary and has a bohemian vibe. Oysters have been harvested in the area since Roman times and the town holds an annual oyster festival each July, which features a range of events and activities centred around this famous local delicacy.
Whitstable is also known for its beaches, which are popular with visitors and locals alike. The town's main beach, known as Tankerton Beach, is a shingle beach with stunning views of the estuary. It’s a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts, with opportunities for sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. There’s also a thriving fishing industry and visitors can take boat tours or fishing trips to experience this unique aspect of local life.
A charming town that sits on the River Medway, Rochester has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Rochester Castle dates back to the 12th century and offers stunning views of the town and the surrounding countryside. The castle is now home to the Rochester Castle Museum, which showcases the town's rich history and offers visitors a chance to explore the castle's ruins.
Rochester Cathedral is another main attraction; at over 1,400 years old it is one of the oldest and most impressive cathedrals in England. It features stunning architecture and a rich collection of artwork and artefacts.
Rochester is also known for its picturesque streets and charming architecture, making it a pleasant place to explore. A range of events are hosted here throughout the year, including the Dickensian Christmas festival, which celebrates the life and work of the famous author Charles Dickens, who spent much of his childhood in Rochester.
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