The best things to do in Kent
Taking up the south-east corner of England, Kent is a large county where you’ll find everything from rolling hills and breathtaking coastal scenery to historic landmarks, bustling towns and one of the UK’s prettiest cities. Whether you’re visiting for the day or you live close to the River Thames in Longfield, along the coastline or in the heart of the countryside, why not add all five of these things to do in Kent to your bucket list today.
White Cliffs of Dover
Starting with one of the most famous natural attractions anywhere in the UK, you can catch great views of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover from high ground, down on the beach or by boat. Ideal if you’re looking for free things to do in Kent, sunny days reveal the striking contrast between the white chalk cliffs, the blue sky and the sparkling sea.
Perhaps the weather is off and you’re searching for things to do in Kent when raining. In this case, you should head to the fascinating Maidstone Museum. You can see everything from an ancient Egyptian mummy to whale skeletons and local history exhibits across the museum’s interesting range of collections, while there’s also a packed events calendar to check out too.
When the sun’s got his hat back on, there are few better things than a trip to the seaside. If you have children, they’ll love visiting the historic Dreamland Margate. There’s been an amusement park on the site since 1880, while the modern version is packed with exciting rides and attractions. From classics like the carousel and waltzers to the dodgems and ferris wheel, the park also puts on a wide range of live music shows from well-known bands and DJs.
A picturesque stretch of sand in Broadstairs bookended by a historic clock tower at one end and a bistro with stunning views the other, Viking Bay is a popular place among sunseekers, surfers and families alike. There’s plenty to do for little ones alongside building sandcastles and splashing in the sea, while you can also hit the Viking Coastal Trail from here if you’re feeling adventurous. Spanning more than 30 miles in total and great for walking and cycling, the route reveals everything from pretty chalk cliffs to quiet coves and centuries-old landmarks.
For more expansive walks through spectacular natural landscapes, head to the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Covering more than 550 square miles across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the High Weald is characterised by rolling countryside, rising ridges and deep valleys. This provides an incredible backdrop for hikes, bike rides or gentle walks with the kids and dog, as you make your way past historic manors, cottages and farms, around lakes forged by Saxon farmers and Tudor ironmongers and through atmospheric ancient woodlands, heaths and fields teeming with wildlife.
From Canterbury Cathedral to Leeds Castle, there’s so much more to explore across Kent. You can look forward to experiencing the best the county has to offer when you live in the area, so don’t miss our Chilmington development in Kingsnorth on the outskirts of Ashford. Or if you’d rather live just a matter of steps from the seaside, Martello Lakes in the Hythe area could be ideal for you.