In Kent, England's oldest county, you can discover more castles and historic houses than in any other region so choosing a top 10 is no easy decision! Take inspiration from this list and get in touch with thousands of years of heritage.
In 2012, Kent will be celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The year will bring many activities and events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of one of Britain's best loved authors. Dickens has real connections with Kent so we've compiled a Top Ten of Dickens' Destinations; places where the writer himself was inspired, and where you can be inspired to visit!
Kent is full of distinctive contrasting attractions: from the romantic castles and historic houses full of treasures, to secret gardens and wartime adventures, but like any other region Kent has its fair share of world renowned iconic attractions.
Dazzling colours, seductive scents, superb seasonal shows - Kent's gardens are rightly world renowned. And with 180-plus to choose from, there's one to match your every mood and interest: grand and historic, exotic and informal, innovative vistas in the making like the World Garden of Plants at Lullingstone Castle. The famous World Garden is laid out in the shape of the map of the world and contains plants collected from across the globe
Getting to and around Kent is easy by car, coach, train, ferry and now by air! Once you've arrived in Kent, the county's two motorways and excellent road networks linking all major towns and cities will help you to exlplore all the county has to offer. Regular train and bus services run to all major towns too and here are just a few of the ways you can travel to Kent.
Kent offers plenty of enticing things to do that are totally free or inexpensive. In fact, you'll find many of its city, coast and countryside attractions are priceless in every sense of the word. Come and be surprised!
Kent's glorious beaches have recently been credited with an astonishing nine Blue Flag awards. Whether you're after traditional seaside entertainment, or just somewhere to chill out, Kent's varied coastline has just the beach or resort for you.