Top 5 things to do in Kent during the Holidays
Kent is one of the most breath-taking counties in the whole of England, with stunning landscapes, incredible castles and quirky towns, there’s no wonder Kent is named ‘The Garden of England’. So what better time to explore this magical place than the Whitsun holidays? Gather your family, your friends; the kids and get out there! Most people travel around the world to exotic places for holidays but never explore what’s right in front of them on their own front doorstep. So if you’re taking a ‘stay-cation’ in Kent, we’ve whittled down the top 5 things to do in Kent so you can make the most of your holiday time:
- Take a coastal walk around the White Cliffs of Dover – These magnificent cliffs that overlook the English Channel, are an official icon of Great Britain and been a symbol of hope and freedom for centuries. There are many cliff-top walks you can take to enjoy incredible views of the English Channel and the French Coast in the distance. Pack a picnic, put your hiking boots on and discover one of the most visited sites in Britain.
- Discover Britain’s medieval history at Canterbury Cathedral – this towering cathedral dates back to the 11th century and has a fascinating history. From the establishment of the first Archbishop to the murder of another. Guided tours are available at the church but be mindful that it is still very much a working place of religion so it is used regularly for services and community events. Before going, it is advised to check for visiting days and times.
- Visit Leeds Castle – one of the best preserved historic castles in England. Located just 4 miles south of Maidstone, you will stumble across breath-taking views of the castle sat in the middle of 500 acres of lush green fields. Dating back to 1119, Leeds Castle has accommodated some of the most prestige royalty over the centuries, such as the Tudors. Now, it’s an attraction for all ages with castle-themed playgrounds, Segway tours, and an underground grotto.
- Embrace nature at Betteshanger Park – This energetic, vibrant park is 250-acres big and ideal for nature and adventure lovers. Located near Deal in East Kent, it has miles of trails for cycling and walking, activities such as archery and fossil hunting and a playground for the kids. Something for everyone! And the best part? It’s free!
- Get up close and personal with furry friends at Port Lympne Reserve – the reserve is home to over 700 rare and endangered species and is one of Kent’s most popular and award-winning attractions. Dubbed ‘UK’s most authentic safari experiences’, visitors can get up close to 100 acres of African animals with guided tours, walking trails and keeper experiences for all the family to enjoy.