Kent is one of the most charming places in England. It is popularly referred to as the “Garden of England”. It is made famous by its coastal houses with tall pyramidal roofs. Kent is located at the south eastern tip of England. It is home to more than 1.5 million residents.
You can find numerable destinations like marshlands, quaint villages, beach resorts, cathedrals and white cliffs. If you are headed to Kent this weekend or in the next few months, you can use this travel checklist as your guide. Get your pen and notebook ready and take note of the places you need to see.
What to do
There are so many things to do in Kent. There is an activity for every age. If you want to enjoy a safari experience, then the Port Lympne Animal Reserve in Ashford is the best place to visit. It is one of the prized visitor attractions in Kent. It is a 600-acre animal sanctuary for more than 700 rare species. There are rhinos, lowland gorillas, tigers, cheetahs, and other African animals.
If you love visiting churches, head to Canterbury Cathedral. It’s one of the oldest cathedrals in England. It has medieval stained-glass windows. The cathedral houses 11th-century Romanesque crypts. It is a church where locals go to for mass. Make sure to check the mass schedules before you visit the cathedral.
Other notable destinations in Kent include Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, Hever Castle and Gardens in Eden Bridge and Chislehurst Caves in Chislehurst. You can also visit numerous museums like the Kent Museum of Freemasonry, Maidstone Museum and the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum.
Where to eat
Kent does not only boast amazing views. It also has a very rich culinary scene. There are plenty of pubs and even Michelin-starred restaurants. If you love the Canterbury Tales by George Chaucer, then you will surely love dining at The Wife of Bath in Wye. Some of their renowned dishes are chorizo and rabbit starter and ox cheek.
If you want to enjoy a Michelin-starred menu, head over to The Sportsman in Seasalter. It’s a gastropub that serves the freshest oysters, scallops and gurnard in entire Kent. They also serve mouth-watering apple soufflé.
Some of the other restaurants you can try are The West House, Read’s Faversham, and the Good Shed. Don’t forget to try traditional Kentish delicacies like the Cumberland sausage, Stornoway black pudding, Mowbray pork pies and gipsy tarts. You should also try their local produce like cherries, aromatic spices, and Kentish Ale.
Kent is indeed one of the best places to visit while you are in England. Surely, you will enjoy your visit here. Don’t forget to take pictures in every tourist spot you visit. After visiting Kent, you can also travel to nearby destinations like Dover, Whitstable, Margate, and Folkestone. Make as many memories as you can when you go to this side of England! Happy travels!