Kent Things to Do

  • Cathedral from the cloisters
    Cathedral from the cloisters
    by leics
  • Cathedral west and south
    Cathedral west and south
    by leics
  • Broadstairs Food Festival, Kent, UK.
    Broadstairs Food Festival, Kent, UK.
    by planxty

Kent Things to Do

  • Cathedral

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    The present Cathedral is built on the site of a former church dating to Roman times. Its building styles denote crucial moments in the cathedral's history. Approach to the Cathedral is through Christ Church Gate on the south side of the precinct There rises the great church of tall towers, finials and walls with buttresses, the great...

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  • Christ Church Gate

    Canterbury Things to Do

    Before you ever get to view the Cathedral in all it's splendour, you have to go through the gate into the Precincts. But what a gate! It is a magnificent structure in it's own right, and well worthy of attention. Although details of the construction are not entirely clear, it is believed to have been completed in about 1517 as a memorial tribute...

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  • Historic River Tours

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    I found this tour after a bit of looking on the internet and it was the top rated one so I decided to go with them. After a 20 minute wait round the back of a pub I got on the boat with my wife who struggled because she has hip problems climbing into the boat took a lot of trouble. The guide was nice and he told us some funny jokes on the tour but...

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  • Cathedral Cloister

    Canterbury Things to Do

    Although the Chapter House is not actually the cloisters (obviously) it leads off them, so I think it counts here as a tip. You can't access it by any route other than passing through at least part of the cloisters. The Chapter House in a Medieval monastery was where the community met to make its daily decisions. Why 'chapter' house? Simply...

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  • Dane John Gardens

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    Danejohn Gardens seems to have been pretty much wasteland in between being used as the original site of Canterbury's motte-and-bailey castle and being remodelled by Alderman Simmons in the 1790s. Public access was allowed since at least the 12th century, and the area was used by Medieval citizens for drying and bleaching clothes (amongst other...

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  • St Augustine's Abbey

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    St Augistine founded the Abbey in 597 CE just outside the walls of Canterbury marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Already standing on the site were three Saxon churches, dedicated respectively to Saints Pancras, Peter and Paul, and finally Mary. The remains of the church of Saint Pancras still exist, however, the other two...

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  • West Gate

    Canterbury Things to Do

    This magnificent bit of Medieval architecture is the finest gatehouse still standing in England. At more than 60 feet tall it is still hugely imposing: imagine the city walls still standing and the river Stour acting as its natural moat. The Romans first walled this city, and the west gate was the most important gate even at that time because it...

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  • Tales

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    The 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote stories about the journeys of various types of pilgrims from London to Canterbury called the Canterbury Tales. The stories provide an interesting insight into life at that time. A visit to The Canterbury Tales attempts to recreate this time and allow you to step back into the Middle Ages. Visitors...

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  • EastBridge Hospital

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    Canterbury, with it's religious associations has long been a place of pilgrimage, and remains so to this day. Nowadays, the visitor may well stay in an hotel or bed and breakfast, but obviously this was not alway so. In centuries past the pilgrims, having walked or ridden great distances, needed somewhere to stay in Canterbury and this was it. The...

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  • City Walls

    Canterbury Things to Do

    Among the Roman relics in Canterbury are the remains of the town walls. Canterbury was surrounded by a wall in Roman times. It was not until a period of unrest across the Empire in the 270's that a ditch and wall around the city was constructed. The route that the Roman engineers chose is the one followed by the remains of the walls today. The...

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  • Royal Museum

    Canterbury Things to Do

    This is a combined museum and art gallery on the upper floor of a rather magnificent building which serves on the ground floor as the City Library. The majority of the exhibits are paintings and ceramics. there is a particularly fine collection of paintings by T.S. Cooper, said to be the finest ever painter of cattle, of all things. OK if you like...

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  • Westgate Gardens

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    Canterbury Things to Do

    In Summer, this is a wonderful retreat from the bustling streets with trees and shrubs providing shelter from the sun. You can venture on a punting tour on the river Stour. Some fish under the water's surface and quite many mosquitoes above it :-)

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  • Mayoralty Tower House

    Canterbury Things to Do

    You'll find this rather lovely building in Westgate Gardens, near Westgate Towers (one of the city's ancient gates). The house has been built around one of the 21 bastions of Canterbury's Medieval city wall. although little remains of the wall in this part of the city (you'll need to go to the east to see it) this bastion, and Westgate Towers,...

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  • Castle

    Canterbury Things to Do

    Canterbury castle, along with Dover and Rochester, were built soon after the Norman invasion of 1066. The Normans were great ones for building castles: there are literally hundreds of them doted about England. The vast majority were originally just a motte (artificial mound) topped by a wooden keep with a surrounding palisaded bailey (courtyard...

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  • Mercery Lane

    Canterbury Things to Do

    Mercery Lane is a tiny and narrow pedestrianised street leading from busy High Street to Christchurch Gate, the main gateway to the Cathedral Precinct. It is very atmospheric here, but with a couple of busloads of tourists loosed upon the lane, things could become quite congested here!

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  • Dane John Mound

    Canterbury Things to Do

    I liked Danejohn mound. Why 'Danejohn'? Nothing to do with Danish men, just a corruption of the word 'donjon' which originally meant a fortified mound....which is what Danejohn mound was. Why did I like it? Possibly because it is so very obviously something constructed by human beings and yet not something constructed of stone or...

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  • St.Martins Church

    Canterbury Things to Do

    St. Martin is probably one of the oldest church in England which is still in use as a parish church. It was most probably build as a Roman church in the 4th century outside the walls of Canterbury. On the arrival of Queen Bertha with her chaplain Bishop Liudhard, it was restored and used for the Queen worship. It was rededicated to St. Martin of...

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  • (Royal) Tunbridge Wells

    Royal Tunbridge Wells, now part of commuter land, lies at the heart of one of the most scenic stretches of countryside in England. In Georgian times this popular spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen amongst royalty and fashionable members of the aristocracy, the old buildings that remain reflect this heritage, especially in...

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  • Rochester

    Rochester located on the river Medway is known as 'the City of Great Expectations' due to its link with Charles Dickens. This historical city has a Dickens Centre and hosts Dickensian festivals in the summer and at Christmas. Rochester is a great place to spend a day with its half-timbered buildings and souvenir shops leading to the Cathedral and...

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  • Ramsgate

    Ramsgate is a commercial ferry port, with a car ferry service, and has the only Royal Harbour in Britain, which also happens to be one of the largest on the English south coast. The town is a gentile resort, which became popular after a visit by George IV in 1827. Ramsgate is full of Georgian and other historical buildings. St Augustin's 1851 Roman...

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  • Folkestone

    Regenerated Folkestone is a resort town located on the South East coast in Kent. The town has a sandy beach to one side of the working harbour and a pebble beach to the other. The town is a place of wide leafy avenues, period architecture and has a cobbled old High Street. On a clear day it is even possible to see the coast of France. In the past...

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  • Lenham

    Lenham is a beautiful, small village. Our hotel was right at the village square which is surrounded by the village shop, the post office, a fish-and-chip place, a bakery ( very good!)and some smaller shops in an old building, including a charity shop. The old church is near-by, surrounded by the churchyard.The church was damaged by a fire in 1297,...

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  • Kent Life:tourist trap or place to go?

    Kent Life is a mixture of a playground for young children and a museum about life in Kent in former times. I was not sure if I should write about it under "what to do" or "tourist trap". We were there on a Monday morning at 10, when it was supposed to be open. It wasn't and we had to wait outside with a good number of other people. I heard the day...

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  • Canterbury

    Canterbury is best reached by train as parking is limited in the old part of the town. We were there in July and with us thousands of other tourists, so it was very busy. The cathedral is breath-taking. I won't write much about Canterbury, there are some very good pages on VT, especially the one by Leics.

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  • Chartwell

    Sir Winston Churchill lived there from 1924 till 1965. The property is well looked after, and you could see things as they were in 1920s and 30s. The grounds are spacious and picnics are allowed in the meadow and on the lower lawn by lake.

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  • Scotney Castle

    Scotney Castle was home to the Hussey family since 1778 and given to the National Trust in 1970. The property is situated just off the A 21 at Lamberhurst. The New House is built from sandstone which was quarried from the estate (now landscaped gardens). Its ground floor is open to visitors and one can wander the grounds, buy refreshments in the...

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  • Hever Castle

    The childhood home of Ann Boleyn, second wife of Henry viii, this is one of my favorite places to visit locally to where I live. The oldest part of the castle, the gatehouse, dates back to 1720. Having passed through centuries of ownership by Tudor Royals and various wealthy families, the castle fell into a bad state of disrepair during the 1700's....

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  • Hever Castle Gardens

    These gardens are absolutely superb anytime of year. The Italian Garden was designed specifically to display Lord Astor’s collection of Italian sculptures and the flowerbeds are crammed with colour. There is an information kiosk, tea rooms bars and restaurants in the grounds, although personally I feel this is a perfect place for a picnic on the...

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  • Downderry Lavender Nursery

    This lovely nursery in the heart of Kent near Tonbridge, grows a vast array of different types of lavender and offers excellent advice to anyone who is interested in growing lavender.There is a very small shop selling all kinds of lavender products from books to bags, from soap to mugs and with varying prices.

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  • Headcorn

    Further into Kent and another interesting name for yet another interesting village!It is very close to Biddenden, and we ventured here in search of a cream tea, when the recommended tea place in Biddenden proved to be closed! But we were glad we came here as the tea was superb, as was the scone (have a look at my restaurant tip re it!).Headcorn has...

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  • Hever Castle

    We love castles, and needed to go and see one with some friends of ours.Taking into account their age, a castle like Warwick Castle was off limits due to the many steep steps there are, so we had to go to a castle that wasnt too far out of London, plus that was small enough for them, plus with not too many steps!In Hever Castle we found this! We...

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  • Hever Castle gardens

    Hever Castle has a large garden surrounding it.This section of the garden is to the front and side of the castle. The more formal, Italian Garden, is to the rear of the castle, where the 35 acre lake is found.As mentioned in my other garden tip, 1000 men worked on these gardens for a few years, creating a beautiful and rolling garden out of what...

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  • Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

    This beautiful garden was created by Vita Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson in the 1930's on the site of an old manor house. The old manor house was allowed to fall into ruin and an impressive brick mansion was built to replace it, of which the long front range still survives today. Between 1560 and 1570 Sir Richard Baker built a magnificent...

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  • Dungeness - More than just the Power...

    Built in 1965 the Dungeness power station in Kent is situated on a shingle headland which is also a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and nature reserve and RSPB bird sanctuary. As well as holiday accommodation, the locals live in this thriving little community of fishermen, artists and people just seeking the quiet life - and it really...

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  • Dungeness Lighthouse

    This was closed on the day we visited - but I'm sure it was a boon to sailors when it was erected as this stretch of coast was (is still) notoriously treacherous and has saved many seafarers from a watery grave.Please see the website for further details.

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  • Hever Castle's Italian garden and it's...

    The garden itself at Hever Castle is an absolute gem. It has a natural, more 'wild' side, plus an incredibly ordered and manicured side to it. The inspiration for the more formal aspect of the garden is Italian in uniformity and architecture. Joseph Cheal and Son landscaped this garden between 1904 and 1908. They also created a 35 acre lake...

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  • Small but perfectly formed!

    The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway was opened in 1927 and is 13 and half miles long. It is a miiature railway and was once the world's smallest public railway. It starts at Hythe and stops at Dymchurch, St Mary's Bay, new Romney, Romney Sands before reaching it's destnation about an hour later at Dungeness. The cost is ten pounds fifity for an...

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  • Bewl Water,lovely Kent!for the...

    All sorts happening - particularly Dragon boat racing of course! - but excellent day out for the family - with the dragon boat racers in fancy dress and the best costumes being judged at the end of the day - along with various entertainers and stalls promoting their interests or products - and of course plenty of choice of takeaway eats on sale.

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  • Hever Castle

    Hever is the quaintest castle I have so far come across, inside resembling more of a manor house in some respects.This pretty castle is set in the Kent countryside and access is via country roads and only when fully upon it is it noticeable, a well hidden little 'fortress'.The castles beginnings date back to 1270, it was then just a gatehouse and...

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  • Visiting Canterbury Cathedral

    If you're driving into the city it is advisable to use the Park and Ride facility. There are at least two of them on opposite sides of the city.The city centre is, rightly so, very popular with foreign students, either on day trips from the Continent or studying the English language. Consequently the place seems very lively. It is however quite...

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  • Boat rides from Herne Bay sea front

    We saw two kinds of boat ride available from near the Harbour wall. There's the slow boat called 'Wildlife' which is a sail boat that can take you out looking for seals in the Thames Estuary. I think the seals are a long way off though and to be guaranteed of seeing any the boat's owner said you'd be looking at a trip of about 3 - 4 hours at least....

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  • Emmetts Garden

    Close to Chartwell, and also a National Trust property is Emmetts Garden - acres of landscaped gardens, and, as it's situated on the highest point in the county there are stunning views over the Kent countryside and with beautiful displays of flowers and exotic shrubs. We visited in May and the rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom and...

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  • Chartwell - Home of Winston Churchill

    Chartwell is the beautiful country estate of Winston and his wife Clementine Churchill. According to Winston "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted" and after spending an few hours here I can fully understand what he meant. This idylic spot is a small slice of heaven on earth.The house belongs to the National Trust and full details can be found...

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  • Ightham Moat

    A beautiful moated manor house set deep in a Kentish valley, just 6 miles from Sevenoaks. The house dates from the 14th century and has been exquisitely renovated at a cost of £10 million. Once a private dwelling, the house now belongs to the National Trust and almost every room in the house (apart from the first floor) and 14 acre garden is mostly...

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  • The George and Dragon

    We discovered this lovely old pub on a chilly snowy day in Westerham High Street after visiting Quebec House. There is a plaque outside the pub stating that General Wolfe had stayed at the inn there in the 1700's! Feeling that this was a good enough recommendation, we went in for a Guinness and a capuccino (probably weren't on the menu for Wolfe -...

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