Aptly known as “The Garden of England”, Kent has so much to offer, from a treasure trove of Mystical castles, and historical houses, to Woodland footpaths, a magnificent coastline and glorious gardens for the outdoor enthusiast to explore.
1. Leeds Castle – this castle has been home to six Medieval queens, Henry the VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. It has been a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion, an elegant retreat for the rich and famous in the early 20th century and it is one of the most visited historic buildings in England. Its grounds are over 500 acres of beautiful parklands and gardens, where you can even get lost and found in a magnificent maze made up of 2400 yew trees. For the kids head over to the Knights realm playground, modelled on the design of the Leeds castle and made entirely of wood. This will keep your little ones in character as they dress up and use their imaginations to recreate life in those historic times
2. Maidstone Museum – more than 600 000 artefacts are housed within the museum, taking you on a journey through history to bygone eras and beyond. Ancient Egypt to fine and decorative art, you will be able experience it all at the Maidstone Museum.
3. Rochester Cathedral and Castle – Awaken your spiritual energy by visiting this medieval priory which has been celebrating Christian worship from as far back as 604AD. The magnificent architecture is a display of the history and heritage of this Cathedral.
4. Guildhall and The Huguenot Museum – The Guildhall Museum, founded in 1897, is a lively, Informative and colourful treasure trove of Medway’s History. It is housed in two historic buildings – Rochester’s magnificent 17th century Guildhall and the former Medway Conservancy Board. The Huguenot Museum is the only museum of Huguenot history in Britain. It is Rochester’s newest museum and tells the story of the Huguenots’ religious persecution in France which led to their escape to England, bringing with them their trades, crafts and skills, which changed the face of this country
5. Eastgate House – Eastgate House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan townhouse in Rochester. Once the family home of Sir Peter Buck, a senior officer at the Royal Tudor Dockyard, the house has also been a Victorian boarding school, a hostel, a museum and an inspiration to the great author Charles Dickens. Visitors to the house can explore the amazing rooms of the house while learning the remarkable story of those who lived, worked and played here throughout the centuries.
6. Canterbury Cathedral – Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. It forms part of a World Heritage Site. Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. It remains one of the most visited places in the country, and, just as importantly, a working, living church and community. Visitors have always been made welcome in the ancient tradition of Benedictine hospitality.
7. Historic Dockyard Chatham – A visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham – one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the ‘age of sail’ – will prove to be quite an adventure. Explore warships and submarines and imagine the life of a Victorian rope maker as you visit the quarter-mile long Ropery that has been making rope for Britain’s ships since 1618.