Kent Visitor information


An Introduction to Kent

Kent is popularly known as the "Garden of England" even though it has many historic towns and cities such as Canterbury, Rochester, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sandwich and the coastal towns of Medway. It picked up this nickname due to its extensive agriculture, orchards and hop farms. This area of Kent has been involved in many wars over the years, originally with the White Cliffs of Dover forming the first line of defence and in World War II with the skies above being the scene for the Battle of Britain against the Luftwaffe.

Places to visit in Kent

The historical importance of Kent as a point of defence provides many interesting attractions and points of interest. There are mediaeval castles throughout such as Hever, Scotney, Dover, Leeds and Sissinghurst with the latter also boasting gardens. Lullingston Villa is a Roman Villa that you can visit today, it gives great insight to life in Roman times and has mosaic floors. Canterbury Cathedral is a World Heritage Site. Chatham dockyard, responsible for building the HMS Victory - now in Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, is also a place to visit as building ships was a main income for the county.

Other attractions to visit include

Royal Engineers Museum - The Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive is a military engineering museum and library. It tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and British military engineering in general.

Travelling to Kent

By Air

Kent has its own international airpor, as well as being near Rochester airport and London Ashford airport. From these trains, buses and taxis run to the main cities.

By Car

The main roads that run through Kent are the M20, M25 and M26 in the North and the M2. The A2 runs to Canterbury, but the motorways do not. London to Kent will be a journey time of an hour.

By Rail

Kent railways belong mainly to South Eastern rail services. London Waterloo is accessible from larger train stations, as are many of the other main destinations to and from Kent. From London Waterloo it will take around an hour to arrive in the county. All of the main towns have rail services, as well as the majority of the smaller ones and all run reliable services on a regular basis. The train is a quick way to travel and buying a rail card online is advisable if you will be using trains for the majority of your stay as it is cheaper this way.

By Coach and Bus

National Express has services that run through Kent. There are many bus services in Kent but the main services are Arriva and Stagecoach.