March 20th, 2015
Kent, long known as the Garden of England for its beauty and rich soils, also has a rich history of royal and illustrious sons and daughters. With only 22 miles of water separating the tip of Kent and the French coast, the links to Europe are strongly felt here.
With Leeds Castle and The Historic Dockyards of Chatham, the county has seen its fair share of military might over the centuries. History buffs will enjoy visiting the plethora of castles dotted through the county, not least the aforementioned Leeds Castle, Hever Castle, Dover Castle, Rochester, Walmer and Bodiam. Or maybe the great delights of Canterbury, which not only has the marvellous Cathedral and ancient city wall, but also has St Augustine’s Abbey, West Gate, and a castle all of its own, not to mention the Roman museum and many more historical diversions, would take a fancy. As a Roman city, Canterbury really is a wonderful place where both ancient and modern combine.
Quaint English Towns
Kent’s mix of history and stunning countryside plays a big part in attracting thousands of tourists to the county every single year. Towns like Royal Tunbridge Wells, nestled in the High Weald, is one example which offers the best of Kentish town and countryside. Achingly picturesque, the central Pantiles area is full of independent boutiques and the buzz of a café centre, while surrounding areas have points of interest like the Union mill at Cranbourne, which was part of the cloth industry for which the area was famous.
Stunning Scenery & Walking Opportunities
Throughout a journey through Kent you’ll bear witness to rolling green hills and beautiful scenery, with the quirky oast houses dotting the skyline in quintessential English rural idyll. There is plenty of chocolate-box inspiration here and walking in this beautiful county you are spoilt for choice. Kent is also a common haunt for walkers, who are spoilt for choice with the North Downs Way, the Pilgrims path or following the coastal routes on the South Shore Way. It’s difficult not to be uplifted and soothed by the nature all around you, wherever you are in Kent.
Of course, beauty also attracts people who wish to escape the bustle of London life permanently. Many parts of Kent have always been seen as a convenient location for those needed to commute daily into the capital, with excellent rail and road links towards the capital, and this has become even more the case since the introduction of the HS1 Javelin Trains. Opened in 2009, these ensured that the 60 mile journey from Ashford to Kings Cross St Pancras would take just 37 minutes, making Kent an even more desirable base for commuters.
As well as those who decide to ‘escape to the country’ for their slice of peace and quiet from the London rat-race, a notable number of recognised names were either born and/or reside in Kent. Famous people from this part of the country from past and present include writer of The War of Worlds and The Invisible Man H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946), comedian Jack Dee, singers Joss Stone and Kate Bush, retired Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom and the UKIP politician Nigel Farage.
Hush Heath – A Winery in Kent
Of course our very own award-winning and historic Hush Heath Winery can also be found in the beautiful Kent countryside; where world-beating wines and ciders are produced to much acclaim. Tours and tastings bring people from far and wide, while the venue is also available for private hire for weddings, corporate gathering and other special events.
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