Kent – The garden of England

Kent, commonly known as the Garden of England, is a county that offers so much more. It is in the enviable collection of buildings and attractions, that its true historical significance and rich heritage can be discovered. Many attractions are open for visitors throughout the year, making it possible to enjoy its Heritage & History all year round.

Leeds castle

Leeds Castle, built by the Normans some 900 years ago is a must –see on any visit to Kent. It has been home to Queens and Royalty.
Last owned by the Glamourous Olive Baillie, the original ‘Cora Crawley’ the castle has interiors which still display her excellent taste and style, as well as a fantastic exhibition centre and curious collection of artefacts.
The Castle plays host to a whole range of attractions and is open all year round, with activities in the summer right through to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Check the website for more information.

Ightam Moat

Ightam Mote, which is part of the National Trust, is an architectural relic from the middle ages.
A fantastic example of a moated house, has seen many a Nobleman and distinguished figure reside there.
Ightam offers a selection of tours, including the popular Tower Tours through the winter months too and is open 363 days a year.

Chartwell

Winston Churchill the great wartime leader was a great lover of the landscapes and countryside of Kent. So much in fact that it is believed Chartwell was his choice for a family home because of the stunning views overlooking the Weald of Kent
Preserved in the same state as when Churchill owned it, the house and studios are fascinating to explore.
Now National Trust property, the grounds are open every day of the year.

Maidstone Museum

Kent’s rich tapestry of Heritage and History extends to the Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, widely regarded as one of the most significant museums in South East England. Established in 1858 it contains some 660,000 Artefacts.
The Elizabethan Manor offers an exciting variety of collections an insight into our cultural and scientific past.
It is open all year round and is a perfect for school trips. Check the website for the events.

ST James’ Cooling

Kent’s Literary Heritage boasts Charles Dickens among the greats. Inspired by many locations growing up in Kent, Dickens based the opening of Great Expectations at St James’ Cooling.
The church is a solid example of 500 year old building including, the cockle-lined Vestry dating to 19th Century.
The stark countryside has imposing views that are breath-taking at any time of year.

Canterbury tales

One of the great canons of English Literature is brought to life at Canterbury Tales.
Experience the Medieval world of Canterbury’s most famous author Geoffrey Chaucer.
The indoor attraction is perfect for families to visit any time of year.

Bedgebury Pinetum

Kent is home to many outdoor attractions open during the winter too.
To explore a more natural environment, head to the Bedgebury Pinetum, which houses the largest collection of conifers in the world.
The beautiful setting spreads over 320 acres offers seasonal trails around the many lakes.
Open every day apart from Christmas, a great time of year to go is Autumn, when the spectacular landscape changes colour. With many adventure activities to go on, it also makes the perfect summer holiday attraction too. Seasonal closing times may vary.

Port Lympne

Why not head to Port Lympne, a world class zoological attraction, one of the largest in the UK with an abundance of wildlife.
Witness the successes of many conservation and breeding programmes and experience the amazing wildlife for yourself.
It is open all year round with up to 3 safaris daily and other animal encounters and experiences on offer.

Whatever time of year you want to visit, there is always a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Create your own itinerary and you will see for yourself that Kent is open for business all year round.

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