The centre of the Kent’s Garden of England, and a hub for the local brewing industry, Maidstone is a quiet town which nevertheless offers plenty for visitors. The River Medway draws tourists to its river festival – the river is popular with pleasure boat owners who share it with houseboats, making for a colourful scene to watch.
Many walkers visit Maidstone while traversing the 246 kilometre North Downs Way, or the Medway Valley Walk, as the town offers a choice of restaurants and places for a well-earned break. The historic town centre is pleasant to with several large pedestrianised areas, making it a peaceful and relaxing place for a break.
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, St. Faiths Street, Maidstone ME14 1LH (01622) 602838
Housed in a centrally-located Elizabethan manor house called Chillington Manor; Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery exhibits some 660,000 artefacts and specimens from across the globe.
Highlights include a 2,700 year-old Egyptian mummy, Bronze Age weapons, and a gallery of Victorian women’s clothing; as well as a selection of objects relating to Maidstone’s local history.