Kent is known as the Garden of England and is famous for its White Cliffs of Dover. There are many castles around the coast, originally built for defences such as Dover. At Rochester enjoy the historic town rich in naval history with its original walls, museum and castle. With wonderful views across the River Medway this is an excellent place to explore and is within easy driving distance of London.
Leeds Castle was a favourite of King Henry VIII and considered to be the most beautiful in England. For some of the religious culture of England visit Canterbury, the centre of the Church of England. With its cathedral dating from the Norman period the architecture and medieval stained glass is stunning. The building itself is enshrined in English history with the South West Porch being built to commemorate Agincourt, and the Black Prince is buried here.
Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales here which is one of the classic pieces of literature in England.
At Edenbridge close ot Sevenoaks
visit Hever Castle, the one time home of Anne Boleyn, and nearby Chartwell which was the residence of Winston Churchill. Charles Dickens spent much of his life in Chatham where he wrote David Copperfield.
For some Regency elegance visit the charming town of Royal Tunbridge Wells with its colonnades and interesting shops. The medieval manor of Penshurst Place is nearby with beautiful gardens and a toy museum. More fabulous gardens can be found at Sissinghurst. The seaside town of Margate remains popular with holiday makers and Whitstable is famed for its oyster beds. This is a beautiful country to explore and particularly during fruit and hop harvesting time. With excellent cycling country and a number of areas for water sports Kent is a place to consider for a holiday.