off-course attractions

Sightseeing in the Garden of England

Whatever your interest, Kent is full of exciting attractions for everyone. Discover the captivating essence of the Garden of England winding along lanes past lavender fields, orchards, vineyards and oast houses. Be enriched by England’s oldest county, alive with its exciting past.

History

Step up the dynamic frontline of history! Kent is your closest point to mainland Europe and you’ll find more castles and stately homes in this ‘frontier’ county than anywhere else in England. Dover Castle, with a superb Henry II Keep and Secret Underground Wartime Tunnels spans over 2000 years of history on its own.

Walk in the footsteps of the Tudors through real-life settings of the dramatic love intrigues of Henry VIII at Hever Castle, which is also known as the most romantic and historic building in England.

Have a break in Kent’s cathedral cities – Canterbury and Rochester and stir your imagination: inspiring architecture, fine dining, festivals and quality accommodation make for rich and diverse escapes.

Gardens

Dazzling colours, seductive scents, superb seasonal shows – Kent gardens are rightly world renowned. And with 180-plus to choose from, there is one to match your every mood and interest: spring bluebells at Emmetts, summer roses at Sissinghurst, autumn colour at resplendent Scotney Castle, and the hidden gems of Goodnestone Park Gardens and The Secret Gardens of Sandwich are a must.

Coast to Country

Kent has a natural advantage with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering a third of the county and 360 miles of coastline.

Unwind in the Kent Downs. Covering 878 sq km – nearly a quarter of the county – this nationally important landscape is alive with flowers, rare orchids and butterflies. Explore the historic landscape of the High Weald; with its rolling hills and flower meadows. Discover the open, dramatic landscape of Romney Marsh and don’t forget the iconic White Cliffs.

Whatever your interest, Kent’s diverse personality is sure to capture your imagination. For more information on specific places to visit, please take a look at the attraction listings below.