History-rich Kent boasts stunning castles, gardens, stately homes, vineyards and much more!
The captivating ‘Garden of England’ has more castles and historic houses than any other county, a thrilling maritime heritage which embraces thousands of years, and a city culture where ancient splendour blends with today’s modern requirements.
The historic county of Kent is renowned for its rural beauty and is historically known as the ‘Garden of England’. Its spectacular coastline and powerful White Cliffs sit majestically on the English Channel, where Kent has been poised as the strategic gateway of Britain for centuries, not only repelling invaders but welcoming visitors and commerce.
Once a separate kingdom, and England's oldest county, Kent can trace trails deep into an enthralling past. The geography that today means easy access to London and Europe, has for centuries ensured a defensive role. The result is a compelling collection of castles, historic houses and maritime heritage.
Kent's sacred places are special too. Canterbury's World Heritage site includes one of England's most important historical buildings: spectacular Canterbury Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and centre of Christian pilgrimage and England’s second oldest Cathedral in Rochester, which dates from 604AD.
Kent's heritage sights excel at evoking the day-to-day experiences of past people; rich and poor; famous and unknown.
Gain insights into the lives of Churchill, Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin as you roam the homes of lords and ladies, butlers and parlour-maids. Hop on a steam railway or take an intriguing guided tour, or wonder at the fabulous collections at the Powell-Cotton Museum. Kent's museums and themed attractions bring the past vividly to life.
Architectural delights include Oast houses, weatherboarding, Kent tiling and half-timbered homes. Discover medieval cinque ports like Walmer as well as Tudor villages and Georgian resorts.
Kent boasts glorious gardens - exquisite sanctuaries where fragrance, colour and delightful design help you recharge and revive. These include world-famous sites like Hever Castle and Penshurst Place as well as the lesser-known gems such as Quex Gardens, Goodnestone Park Gardens and fruit-filled Brogdale.
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