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Kent: The Garden of England
Located in the South East and bordering Greater London, Kent is a picturesque area that is labelled as the ‘Garden of England’. As well as being famed for its scenic nature, the county boasts historic sites, renowned shopping opportunities, charming hotels and fun-filled activities. Not to mention that Kent is also famed for its ale and wine production, with the region being a traditional hotbed for growing hops.
Historical Kent Attractions
History and Kent go hand in hand, and this aspect of the county is thankfully preserved due to various sites that celebrate its heritage. With that in mind, one of the main jewels in Kent’s sparkling crown is Canterbury on the whole, as this historic city offers a notable amount of major attractions. The main one being Canterbury Cathedral, with this famous gothic-style structure dating back to 597 and being accredited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another celebrated site that is certainly worth adding to the ‘must visit’ list is Dover Castle. A medieval castle that was founded in the 11th century, this breath-taking monument – which provides stunning views alongside fascinating history – is known as the largest castle in England. Speaking of such an establishment in Kent, Leeds Castle in Maidstone is seen as one of the most beautiful and romantic castles that England possesses. Other popular and highly regarded historical attractions in the region include the Hever Castle & Gardens, Ramsgate Tunnels and the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Nature & Family-Friendly Fun
If nature is your thing, you will find a vast selection of wonderful sights that are a delight for the eyes in Kent. Perhaps the most iconic nature-related attraction is the White Cliffs of Dover, with this unique and world-famous landscape a favourite due to supplying striking views, enjoyable walks and wildlife fun. In need of a charming place to unwind? The county is home to a number of regarded parks including Lower Leas Coastal Park, Mote Park and Dunorlan Park. Beaches are also a significant part of the Kent scenery, with Viking Bay and Dymchurch Beach two of the most popular choices. As far as things for all the family, Kent has everything from sports activities to theme parks. The latter of which is Diggerland, a distinctive and charming amusement park that has rides and allows for using JCB diggers, dumper trucks and more! And for a zoo-like experience, the Wingham Wildlife Park has, along with restaurants and play areas, over 200 different species to uncover that are spread across 26 acres. Other animal-themed fun can be had at Kent Life, Rare Breeds Centre and Howletts Wild Animal Park.
If you are looking to pile up your hotel room with an unhealthy number of gifts and presents for others, few areas in England contribute the volume of shops that are present in Kent. This is arguably best emphasised by the popular Bluewater Shopping Centre. This acclaimed shopping centre comes equipped with more than 300 stores and over 50 restaurants in total – ensuring at least a day needs to be dedicated to this attraction! Another destination in the same vein that’s worth considering is the Ashford Designer Outlet, which features high-end retailers offering discounted products. And the Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre in Maidstone – with approximately 50 famous stores – is also one of the best centralised places for shopping in Kent. But don’t just depend on sleek shopping centres for your buying needs. Amongst the streets of places such as Canterbury, Rochester and Whitstable, you can discover an exciting and unique mix of independent establishments that supply individual items you won’t find anywhere else!
Festivals for All
From revolving around music to action sports, festivals and events are a frequent fixture in the Kent calendar. One of the main events delivered each July is the Kent County Show, which is a major celebration of the countryside, rural life and farming. The Dartford Festival and the War & Peace Revival also take place in the same month, with the former a free-to-enter event that provides family-friendly activities over two days, while the latter blends military history with entertainment. Other highlights are the annual Faversham Hop Festival, National Apple Festival and Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas – the latter being a holiday celebration revolving around famous writer Charles Dickens. And for something a little different, the Wheels and Fins Festival located on Joss Bay Beach is one of the most exhilarating events in Kent. Along with live music, this festival also includes activities such as skateboarding, surfing and soapbox racing.
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Hotel Premier Inn Dover Central (Eastern Ferry Terminal) hotel Dover
Offering a convenient location near the Eastern Ferry Terminal, the Premier Inn Dover Central (Eastern Ferry Terminal) features affordable rooms and an on-site Table Table restaurant. Dover Castle is nearby. Rooms at this hotel boast en-suite bathroom facilities, Hypnos beds and 40” flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in each room. The Premier Inn Dover Central (Eastern Ferry Terminal) offers free on-site parking. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi although a premium (paid) upgrade is also available. The Marine Court pub/restaurant serves all-you-can-eat breakfasts and an all-day menu. Nearby eateries include the Waterfront Restaurant and Cullins Yard. The hotel lies half a mile from Dover Museum and the Visitor Information Centre. The famous White Cliffs of Dover are a little more than two miles from the property. more
Hotel Premier Inn Dover A20 Dover
Conveniently located within five miles of the Folkestone town centre and a few minutes’ drive from the Eurotunnel, the Premier Inn Dover features a 24-hour front desk and an on-site Beefeater Grill. The hotel bedrooms offer en-suite bathroom facilities and new Hypnos beds. Rooms also feature flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels and tea and coffee making facilities. The Premier Inn Dover A20 offers free on-site parking and complimentary and premium Wi-Fi services. Guests are served breakfast (at extra cost) in the Plough restaurant. Other eateries in the area include the Lighthouse Inn and the Cat & Custard Pot. Area attractions include the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, the Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve and Kearsney Abbey. The White Cliffs of Dover are within seven miles of the property. more
Hotel Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa Dover
A four-star hotel located in Dover, the Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa boasts sea frontage and is within walking distance of Dover town centre. Guests have an option of three room types; Standard, Seaview and Superior rooms. All air-conditioned rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TV, tea and coffee facilities, ironing facilities, en-suite, and desk area. The hotel has three meeting and conference facilities with catering staff to assist in functions up to 140 attendees. Elsewhere Waterfront Spa & Health Club has an array of treatment rooms and therapists. Parking is free for guests. The Waterfront Café is open daily for breakfast, however, the same venue after lunch becomes the casual Wheeler’s Fish and Chips. For lunch and dinner, Mr. White’s English Chophouse serves traditional British cuisine with a French twist. All Marco Pierre White branded outlets. The Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa is located with good access to the ferry and cruise terminals, ten minutes from the Eurotunnel and not far from the famous White Cliffs of Dover. more
Hotel Loddington House Dover
Loddington House is a 3 star, family run, Regency style guesthouse, views across Dover’s busy harbour. Rooms are classic in style and include colour television, tea and coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi. Some enjoy sea views and they are either en-suite or with a private bathroom. The guest lounge and dining room have views to the harbour and the famous White Cliffs. Private parking is available to the front of the building. In addition to breakfast choices, there is an evening meal option which is available during all but the summer months. Due to its central Dover location, there are a number of pubs and restaurants within walking distance; one being JD Wetherspoon’s the Eight Bells on Cannon Street. The guest house is 200 metres from the Eastern Docks ferry port, 5 minutes from the cruise terminals and 15 minutes from the Channel Tunnel rail link. more
Hotel Alma Cafe Express Dover
Alma Cafe Express is a modest lodging that provides a complimentary continental breakfast and en-suite rooms. Centrally positioned in Dover, the hostel is less than a half mile's walk from the highly rated Dover Museum. From the humble single room to the larger family lodging, the non-smoking accommodations at Alma Cafe Express are straightforward in their approach, with each including a television, luxury mattress, and folding table. The en-suite bathrooms also benefit from free toiletries. For those requiring Internet access, the hostel delivers complimentary Wi-Fi. Additionally, free parking is available nearby. Each morning in the on-site Alma Cafe, travellers enjoy toast, cereals, boiled eggs, juice, and tea/coffee for breakfast. The communal kitchen is open on a 24-hour basis with free coffee, milk, and biscuits, while The Dovorian Restaurant's casual dining is a two-minute walk away. Pencester Gardens is a five-minute stroll from the hostel, while Western Heights of Dover can be reached in roughly a half mile. Moreover, Dover Castle is a one-mile journey. more
Hotel Hotel St Margaret's Bay Dover
St Margaret’s Hotel is well-situated in St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe and close to the famous White Cliffs of Dover landmark. Rooms are en-suite and feature bath or shower. Each room also includes a kettle with complimentary teas and coffees and a flatscreen TV. The hotel features many amenities including free parking, fitness centre with sauna and hot tub, indoor pool, solarium, games room, playground for children, supervising staff and Internet access. Guests can enjoy a variety of meals and drinks at the hotel restaurant and bar. The property is close to a number of interesting attractions including the St Margaret's Museum, Dover Patrol Memorial, Dover Castle, and of course, the famous white cliffs. more
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