Holiday cottages in Kent
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Situated in the South East of England lies the beautiful county of Kent, known as “The Garden of England” because of its relative abundance of fruit and hop gardens.
In the North of the county lies the charming cultural town of Whitstable, rich in maritime history but offering a modern appeal. Whitstable’s claim to fame is its oysters as well as other delicacies from the sea. The town is a shopper’s delight with independent craft shops, galleries, delicatessens and boutiques as well as many cafes and restaurants. Whitstable is one of a very few places in England that has a pub on the beach. Taking the main route through the town or potter along the quiet lanes and alleyways, you will reach the interesting working harbour constructed in 1831.
Moving eastwards is the traditional holiday town of Margate with its sandy beaches and sparkling bays. In the Old Town, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, galleries, vintage shops as well as traditional seaside delights such as seafood stalls, fish & chips and candyfloss. For over 100 years Margate’s Winter Gardens has drawn big name acts from the Beatles to the Kaiser Chiefs. The Theatre Royal is the second oldest in the country and the Tom Thumb Theatre is one of the smallest in the world. Visit Dreamland, the unique themed leisure complex, which has something for all ages. The sixteen acre site includes all weather attractions, amusements and places to eat and also boasts the fully rebuilt Grade II* listed Scenic Railway, the UK’s oldest roller coaster as well as a collection of rides from 1910 to the present day.
Visit Broadstairs full of old-world seaside charm. Relax in one of its seven sandy bays, head to Joss Bay to learn to surf or walk along the cliff-top promenade. The town boasts a wealth of cafes, restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours. Take a trip to the Dickens House Museum, visit Bleak House or The Campton Tower Museum depicting the work of locally born Victorian engineer, Thomas Crampton featuring railways, transport and local history.
Ramsgate boasts England’s only Royal Harbour as well as a yacht packed marina. It is also home to its very own Meridian Line and Maritime Museum. Take a boat trip to see the seals on Goodwin Sands, discover beautiful beaches or take a walking trail from the bustling port to the cliffs and walk the coastal path. Enjoy a meal or drink at one of the cosmopolitan waterfront bars or restaurants.
Dominating the city of Canterbury is the stunning cathedral, the oldest in England. As well as a city steeped in history, Canterbury is a modern vibrant city with fine restaurants from all over the world, lively nightclubs and welcoming pubs. The city is a dream for shopaholics with many high street names as well as independent retailers. Explore the city on foot either on one of its walking trails or guided walks or relax and take a boat trip along the River Stour where you can see Canterbury’s finest and historical buildings set against scenic views. The clear waters offer a home to a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.
Located at the northern end of the White Cliffs of Dover is the pretty village of Kingsdown. Enjoy the rolling open countryside, iconic landmarks such as Dover Castle, the South Foreland lighthouse as well as the panoramic views over the Channel. The largely shingle beach and downs around the village houses many migrating birds, insects and rare plants. The village itself is in two parts with the former fishermen’s cottages situated on the pebble beach and the picturesque hamlet winding its way up the hill.
Famous for its Railway and History market, the bustling town of Ashford has a great deal to offer from high street shopping and designer outlets to nature reserves and fine houses and gardens. Visit the Ashford Borough Museum and enjoy railway exhibits, including a ticket office and speeding modern trains. A must is Godinton House & Gardens, one of Kent’s finest estates or the still working Willesborough Windmill offering an insight into pre-electricity and a visit to the Victorian Miller’s Cottage.
Over 400 years ago, a natural spring welled up from the ground and was named Tunbridge Wells. With over a hundred events and many attractions in the surrounding area, there is much to see and do here. Enjoy live music – opera, rock, classical and jazz in forests, parks and pubs, eat at one of the many restaurants or simply stroll through the rich woodlands, footpaths and parks of this region designated as an area of outstanding beauty.
Whether it’s total relaxation or something more hands on for younger members of the family, Kent is the place to visit.