Kent is a wonderfully lush and green county. It is known by some as the garden of England due to the number of orchards and hop-gardens that can be found here. This county also has 28% of its land designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Kent is a wonderful part of the UK to spend time outside and there are plenty of places to go if you want to soak up beautiful views. So if you’re planning your next trip, or still need convincing, here are 5 reasons why everyone should visit Kent…
1. Discover an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Kent Downs are recognised for its stunning beauty which spans a great 878 square kilometers. This lovely part of Kent has plenty to offer holidaymakers. The vistas here are photogenic so be sure to bring a camera with you. However, people are drawn here for more than its sheer beauty. The Kent Downs have great opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding and kite flying. It is a great place to get outside for the day.
2. Take a step back in time…
Leeds Castle is thought to possibly be ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. Steeped in history and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and garden, it is certainly worth a visit on any trip to Kent. One of Kent’s best mazes can also be found here; it is impressively made up to 2,400 yew trees. The castle itself has had an intriguing past that will interest any historians among your group.
3. Get your adrenaline fix at the White Cliffs of Dover
The iconic White Cliffs of Dover are a must visit when in Kent. These magnificent, high cliffs provide stunning views out across the English Channel. Some people have even reported being able to catch a glimpse of France from here on a clear day. These cliffs offer bracing walks along the coast and plenty of wildlife to spot. There are also two tearooms here of you want to take a break and enjoy a cup of tea.
4. Catch a play at Lower Leas Coastal Park
Another great coastal spot is Lower Leas Coastal Park. This lovely park is a great place to head to for a relaxing afternoon with the family. There are broadly three recreational areas here. There is a formal zone with pine avenues and gardens, a fun zone with an adventure play area and amphitheatre, and a wild zone which is ideal for a quiet moment and designed to help wildlife thrive. There’s something for everyone here.
5. Kick back in Canterbury
Canterbury is a charming cathedral city and back in the middle ages this was even a pilgrimage site. With it’s cobbled streets; Canterbury is a lovely place to explore, or perhaps find a cafe and watch the world go by. The cathedral is impressive and worth visiting. The coast and Kent Downs are also both within easy reach from here if you want to explore further. While here enjoy why not visit one of the several theatres or browse the shops.