Kent Travel Guide

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Kent Highlights

  • Pro
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     Countryside, Beaches, Medieval Cities and small towns all rolled into one 

  • Con
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     It can be expensive and difficult to get around if you dont have your own transport 

  • In a nutshell
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     Kent is a lovely county with numerous places to visit for short breaks. 

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Canterbury

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494,1027,48

Dover

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347,733,33

Folkestone

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137,199,33

Broadstairs

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89,205,0

Margate

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54,103,19

Hythe

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69,105,4

Tunbridge Wells

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77,155,24

Rochester

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77,217,1

Maidstone

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48,183,38

Ramsgate

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25,105,9

Deal

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25,72,9

Sissinghurst

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22,101,0

Chatham

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25,117,4

Sandgate

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8,7,0

Shoreham

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2,11,0

Dartford

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5,16,12

Sevenoaks

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3,7,7

Capel-le Ferne

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1,6,0

Goudhurst

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1,33,0

Canterbury

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  • Cathedral

    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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  • Cathedral Gate Hotel

    Canterbury Hotels

    Excellent central hotel. Service good and pleasant staff. Recommended but be aware there are no...

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  • Queen's Guard

    Canterbury Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful when "asked" to exit the cathedral at times other than closing, especially by large uniformed gents. As I was beginning to photograph a completely empty cathedral (and wondering why it was so empty of tourists) I was unceremoniously told to remove myself from the premises. As I'd been inside for some time photographing nooks I'd not seen...

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Dover

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  • Fresh Seafood

    Dover Restaurants

    Cullin's Yard is a great restaurant/pub overlooking Dover's Marina.The interior is decorated with many maritime items and even the wooden floor is special.The restaurant is famous for their fresh fish dishes.The bar has great beers, wines, whiskys and hot drinks.In the summer enjoy the outside terrace at the Marina.Check their website for live...

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  • Premier Inn Dover - West

    Dover Hotels

    This was the first time we'd stayed at a Premier Inn and we were impressed. At check-in the...

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  • Arriving ferry foot passengers

    Dover Favorites

    At arrival of the ferry you just wait on the upper deck until the doors are opened.Thereafter you proceed via the walkway and go down to the shuttle bus. The bus will stop at customs for a check and pick you up again to the drop off point at the ticket office.

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Folkestone

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  • great food, service and price

    Folkestone Restaurants

    Beano's is a great local restaurant. Not far from the harbour and serving vegetarian food. Service and quality of food is excellent. They offer a childrens party service and are very, very helpful. I have had 3 visits and all great. The hot chocolate and cakes are fab. The main meals we have had so far have been very good. Clean restaurant,with a...

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  • Grand Burstin Hotel

    Folkestone Hotels

    We stayed for one night-prior to taking the Eurotunnel to Calais. On check in we were told that our...

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  • Skuba Bar Folkestone - Fun & Lively Late...

    Folkestone Nightlife

    Directly opposite the Leas Cliff Hall so perfect for anyone watching a show or attending an event there. They have a great nightlife, bar staff are fun and they also have a restaurant and hotel. Played dance, chart and club music at the weekend until about 1am and do loads of events. Free entry all weekend and was the busiest bar in town....

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Broadstairs

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  • Free Car Wash

    Broadstairs Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful where you park your car on the harbour as you may get a free car wash ... salt water though

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  • Relax By The Seaside Edge

    Broadstairs Things to Do

    If there's one thing we don't do enough in life then it's to take time and stop and see what beauty surrounds us. Broadstairs harbour gives you the ideal opportunity to do such a thing.

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  • Bleak House

    Broadstairs Things to Do

    Bleak House, formerly known as Fort House, is a large house on the cliff overlooking the North Foreland and Viking Bay. It was built around 1801 and then substantially extended, doubling in size, in 1901.I think that you can now stay as a paying guest ... maybe for a saucy weekend by the seaside.

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Margate

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  • Great place if you can find it!

    Margate Things to Do

    I have noted many times on my Virtual Tourist pages that I am a great believer in local knowledge and so it was with the Northern Belle pub in Margate. I was in Margate one summer Sunday afternoon and bumped into my dear friend Geri, a long-time resident of the town. I asked her where would be a decent place for a drink and she told me the Northern...

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  • Walpole Bay Hotel

    Margate Hotels

    Fifth Avenue, Margate, CT9 2JJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • A fascinating pub.

    Margate Things to Do

    I have mentioned other tips on my Broadstairs page about the proliferation of micropubs in East Kent. For those of you not aware of what a micropub is, generally it is a pub selling only beer, cider and sometimes wine but not spirits. I believe it is easier to get this type of licence, although don't quote me on that. They always stock "real ales"...

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Hythe

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  • Hythe Pier, Railway and Ferry

    Hythe Transportation

    This interesting train takes you down the pier in Hythe to the ferry. Hythe Pier, the Hythe Pier Railway and the Hythe Ferry provide a link between the English port city of Southampton and the Hampshire village of Hythe on the opposite side of Southampton Water. It is heavily used by commuters and shoppers from Hythe.

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  • Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel & Spa

    Hythe Hotels

    "Victorian splendour on the seafront with fantastic modern leisure facilities typifies the Hythe...

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  • GOOD FOOD AND A GREAT PINT%*

    Hythe Restaurants

    The kings head as stated in there website, is one of the oldest restaurants/ pubs in Hythe. Its a charming lttle place which serves Traditional English food and realy fantastic beer. They also do a wicked sunday lunch which is perfect after a long walk along the famous Hythe canal in the summer. Please visit there website for an indepth look into...

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Tunbridge Wells

  • Indian cuisine

    Tunbridge Wells Restaurants

    With a comprehensive and varied menu, this restaurant is a treat for couples, families and friends.It's about a 15 minutes walk/£4.50 taxi fare from the main station and it's located on the A26 St.John's Road, opposite the local Sainsbury's store. There is a large public car park next to the restaurant.In recent months it has been extended and...

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  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro

    Tunbridge Wells Hotels

    We stayed for a couple of nights, enjoying the fabulous food in the Bistro and the penthouse room....

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  • Trinity: a local theatre and cinema

    Tunbridge Wells Things to Do

    Trinity theatre/cinema is housed in an old church. Many volunteers and lots of money raising made this all possible.The theatre side happens throughout the year (with a bit of a break in August) and it includes serious plays, comedies, dance, musicians, pantomime and children's shows.Performances are sometimes given by international artists such as...

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Rochester

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  • Antique shops

    Rochester Shopping

    There are 5 general antique shops in Rochester's small High Street selling all manner of interesting pre-war knick-knacks, small items of furniture, books and prints, as well as several antique jewellery shops. There are a few private shops and a greengrocers. For high street style shopping hop on a bus to Chatham, or walk there in 15 minutes.

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  • Posthouse Rochester

    Rochester Hotels

    Maidstone Road, Watts Almshouses, Rochester, KENT

  • Lest We Forget

    Rochester Things to Do

    War Memorial The Rochester memorial is in the form of an elongated wheel cross on an octagonal plinth and a two-step octagonal base. The Plinth Inscription reads “LEST WE FORGET 1914-1918” whilst the Top Step Inscription reads “1939-1945”

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Maidstone

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  • Nothing is far too much trouble

    Maidstone Restaurants

    Nice restaurant with good atmosphere. Dined here over the Christmas period when the staff were totally overwhelmed. The service was sub-pedestrian and the food inedible. Our polite complaints were ignored but the icing on the cake was when the waitress asked if we would like to leave a tip! Would I go back? Would you? Humble pie - rarely...

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  • Village Hotel & Leisure Club Maidstone

    Maidstone Hotels

    Village Hotel & Leisure Club at Maidstone is where we stayed for visiting Leed's Castle. It was easy...

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  • VISIT BIDDENDEN VILLAGE

    Maidstone Off The Beaten Path

    Biddenden was only a small village, but a gorgeous one that I loved! Biddenden is a typical Wealden village of Kent. It was 1st mentioned back in the 10th century, and Roman pottery has been found here.I saw many lovely timber framed and brick buildings dating back to the 1400s, and from the Tudor era and later. The buildings in the village are...

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Ramsgate

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  • A little unsure of itself.

    Ramsgate Things to Do

    I had been promising myself a visit to the Maritime Museum in Ramsgate for a while and finally got to do it during the Steam Fair in August 2012. Various reasons lie behind this. The Museum has had a somewhat difficult past and has been opened and closed several times due to financial problems. It currently comes under the auspices of the nearby...

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  • The Royal Harbour Hotel

    Ramsgate Hotels

    Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, CT119JF, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Triumph out of disaster.

    Ramsgate Things to Do

    I have mentioned in other tips for various places along the Kent coast the huge part it played in the Second World War. For much of that conflict it was effectively the UK's first line of defence against the Nazi German regime who occupied a large proprtion of Europe. It was also the scene of much of the Battle of Britain activity. However, it was...

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Deal

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  • Deal Castle

    Deal Things to Do

    Deal Castle is one of a series of coastal castles built during the reign of King Henry VIII as artillery forts in case of invasion by Spain. Others include Calshot, Camber, Walmer and Pendennis Castles.It is built in a circular plan, with rounded bastions, the plan resembling a Tudor rose. The castle saw fighting during the English Civil War in...

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  • Royal Hotel

    Deal Hotels

    Beach Street, Deal, CT14 6JD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Walmer Castle

    Deal Things to Do

    Walmer Castle, a mile or so down the coast from Deal, is one of a series of coastal castles built during the reign of King Henry VIII as artillery forts in case of invasion by Spain.Since 1708 it has been the official residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, and has therefore been turned into a comfortable home, in contrast to nearby Deal...

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Sissinghurst

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  • SCOTNEY CASTLE

    Sissinghurst Things to Do

    About 8-10 kms away from Sissinghurst, depending on what road you travel on, is the lovely, old Scotney Castle.We arrived by car and had no trouble finding a Car-Park. As we were getting near closing time for the Manor Home, we decided to make our 1st stop there.This is the 'newer' house which was built between 1835 & 1843 to replace the Old...

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  • SISSINGHURST CASTLE

    Sissinghurst Things to Do

    Many times I had seen and heard about this Castle & Garden on Television. It was hard to believe, that I was actually here at this famous Castle!The Castle has had its share of important visitor's, including King Edward I to stay during the 14th century, Queen Mary in 1557 and Queen Elizabeth1 in 1573.The Moat no longer exists all the way around,...

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  • SCOTNEY CASTLE - THE GARDENS

    Sissinghurst Things to Do

    Just my opinion, I think if you come to Scotney Castle, you really should see the gardens.The gardens are big, and there is a fair amount of walking to do, and on the way back, of course it is uphill!We were here a bit off season for a lot of Flower's, but I have seen photo's when the Rhododendron's and Azalea's and other plant's are blooming at...

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Chatham

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  • Try some authentic southern Indian...

    Chatham Restaurants

    We've been to the Coco Diner several times and have always enjoyed everything that we have tried. If you want a standard "Ruby Murray" then go to any one of the numerous indian restaurants in the area. If you want something a little different and wish to try some authentic southern indian food then this is the place. The staff are friendly, helpful...

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  • The Ship & Trades

    Chatham Hotels

    Maritime Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 3ER, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • A very nice day out at Chatham dockyards

    Chatham Things to Do

    It was a real pleasure to visit the Chtham historic Dokyards on May 15th 2010 with all the family. We spent here almost 5 hours and didnt see the time running. You'll experience that the volunteers running this living museum are really passionnate. They simply want to share their passion for boats with the visitors. Our kids (11 & 9) loved it as we...

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Sandgate

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  • Of TV fame!

    Sandgate Restaurants

    I was lucky to have visited the Sandgate Hotel before it starred on TV when celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey went to try and sort out the amateurs that had bought it.Soon afterwards, despite looking as though he had fixed it, the blinds were drawn and it went bust.Now under new ownership so may be worth giving it a try.

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  • The Providence

    Sandgate Restaurants

    It's a pub that does grub.Right in the centre of the High Street.Check out the website. Doesn't look like that any more. The old hag is still probably a regular! Pub grub, too much to mention and a decen tpint of local beer to wash it down.

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  • SANDGATE ESPLANADE

    Sandgate Off The Beaten Path

    Im afraid this photo of Sandgate was taken on a dark,cold winter morning, i don't think you would last 2 mins if you went swimming in the sea LOL

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Shoreham

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  • Lullingstone Castle and the World Garden...

    Shoreham Things to Do

    We'd gone past the strange old gatehouse at Lullingstone many times saying 'we must find out when it's open and go!'. Finally, on a baking hot July day we made it through the gatehouse. In the intervening years, the place had featured in a reality TV show, and was heaving with visitors!Lullingstone, one of England’s oldest family estates, is set in...

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  • A walk around Shoreham

    Shoreham Things to Do

    The simplest - and laziest - walking route would be just to wander from one and another of Shoreham's lovely pubs, taking in the interesting church and pretty houses on route! A favourite walk of ours is to park near the church and walk along the river, past the medieval bridge that Samuel Palmer sketched, (this is the path the path that lead along...

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