From lazy days drinking delicious local cider to enchanting arts festivals and clifftop hikes, a trip to Kent is truly unique. London’s just a short distance away, making Kent the perfect location for a short break or an exciting day trip! With plenty of culture, activities and extraordinary attractions for you to enjoy and over a thousand things to do, how do you know which to choose?
Well, first off, you can’t go to Kent without taking in the architecture and history of Canterbury Cathedral! Dating back to 597 AD, this church is rich in culture and beauty: marvel at the medieval stained glass windows whilst standing on the exact spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. This important pilgrimage centre is still a working church today and often closes its doors for services, so make sure you check opening times before you set off.
For a truly wild day out, take a short break to one of the Aspinall Foundation’s safari parks! Whether you visit Howletts Park or Port Lympne Reserve, an exciting day out is in store as you explore the safari drive and experience a stunning variety of exotic animals. If you’re really animal-mad, you can stay over in one of the parks’ fantastic accommodation options, which include the incredible Tree House Hotel – we assure you it’s an experience like no other!
We all love a bargain, especially when all of those goodies are conveniently placed next to each other! May we introduce the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Ashford, with over 80 big brands including Nike and The Body Shop, all housed within stunning architecture by Lord Richard Rogers. It’s the best place to shop for all your self-indulgent needs.
Looking for a relaxing day trip? You can’t get any more tranquil than a spa day. The Hythe Imperial Spa and Health Club is located in a quiet corner of England’s Garden, offering a range of treatments from hot stone massages to manicures. With free Wi-Fi and a restaurant there’s no need to hurry away, so you can spend the day unwinding with some much needed me-time.
If it’s the luscious vineyards that attracted you to Kent, look no further than Biddenden Vineyards. This is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, producing award winning white, red, rosé and sparking English wines. Could it get any better? Yes, it can! The vineyard is open throughout the year and admission and tastings are FREE!
Feeling a little wild? Go Ape in Kent – literally! Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure, so get ready to channel your inner George of the Jungle and fly down zip wires, leap off swings and tackle monster crossings. Share two or three hours of excitement whilst zooming past some of the most beautiful scenery Britain has to offer.
What’s your ideal way to spend the day in Kent, is it strolling around the shops or flying from the treetops?