- On September 25
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What to expect when visiting the Garden Of England
There is plenty on offer in Kent, the sunny south-eastern county aptly known as the Garden of England is awash with attractions and events throughout the whole year and there’s something for everyone which is why its on so many people wish list to see.
There are numerous beautiful beaches with three being awarded blue flag status. Most are set up to accommodate any needs that may be required, a great example of this is Viking Bay which has disabled access, refreshments, toilets, deck chair hire, beach hut rentals and children’s rides. There are quite a few beach shops too selling your typical souvenirs and of course the usual beach necessities of buckets and spades. Most of the seaside towns have fantastic promenades enabling you to take lovely strolls along the sea without getting your feet wet or sandy! There’s a fabulous array of restaurants and bars located next to the sea with many offering fresh local fish which is simply delicious.
The Kent Countryside
If beaches aren’t your thing, Kent boasts some of the best countryside in the country, offering amazing walks, trails, hikes and cycle routes to enjoy. River tours are popular, there are many rivers and waterways flowing through Kent, and a river tour is a pleasant way to not only learn more about this historic city but also enjoy some fabulous views. You may also see an otter or two as sightings are common.
The Kentish people are lucky to have so many great attractions right on their doorstep. The Dickens World attraction is a great example, it’s designed to appeal to all ages including children, dedicated to the famous author, who was once a resident of Broadstairs, Kent. The Hop farm is also a popular place to visit along with Diggerland and Chatham Dockyard to name but a few.
Kent is awash with history. With castles, monuments and some beautiful historic buildings situated everywhere. Every castle offers something unique. Dover, Leeds, Hever, Whitstable and Walmer castles are all open to the public throughout the year and offer many events and activities including the must see jousting tournaments and the special exhibits that are on show at different times of the year, day tours to Leeds Castle are available throughout the year. Also well worth a visit are the vast arrays of beautiful churches that are also situated throughout the county.
Shopping in Kent
If shopping is your thing then you will not be disappointed with the amount of boutiques, small stores and souvenir shops in every town to choose from. For the shopaholic though, the Bluewater shopping centre not far from Maidstone is perfect, jam-packed with shops and restaurants. There are also many local farm shops where you can buy some delicious local produce like jams, cheeses and pates, and vineyards that sell some delicious local wines.
There are also many special exhibitions held in Kent with the very popular Titanic exhibition at Chatham Dockyard being the first choice of many visitors.
It is impossible to get stuck for something to do in Kent with festivals and village fetes being held throughout the year and with the many great attractions on offer you will not be disappointed with your visit to the Garden of England.