Known far and wide of the garden of England because of it’s gorgeous countryside but it is also known for it’s historical sites and fantastic seaside towns.
Most towns such as Maidstone, Gravesend and Ashford also boast the fact that they have direct links to London which means it won’t take more than an hour for you to get tot he capital. Especially from Gravesend and Ashford with the High Speed train.
If it’s history you are after, I would suggest checking out Canterbury and Rochester.
Canterbury has the famous Cathedral and the Canterbury Tales. It is also a student town so there are lots of shops and pubs with live music.
Rochester was made famous by the Cathedral, the Castle and of course, Charles Dickens. Just by walking down the High Street, you can see signs saying that the building was used by Charles Dickens in one of his books or had someone famous live or stay there.
Maidstone is one of the major towns in Kent with 3 trains stations all of which go to London within an hour.
It may not seem like a big town but it has a lot of character, all you have to do is look up when walking down Week Street to see the amazing architecture of the buildings that are so easily missed.
We have The Mall and Fremlins Walk for people who love to shop with shops such as John Lewis, Paper Chase, New Look, Waterstones, Yours, etc.
If you like history, we have the Maidstone Museum which is free to go in and look around with regular exhibits and activities for children going on.
Looking for somewhere to eat, there are plenty of places dotted around but Earl Street is what I like to call Restaurant Street. It has Prezzo, Zizzi, Pizza Express, Ask, Wildwood, Nandos, Scoopid, Five Guys and pubs like The Market Building and Druids that have live music every weekend.
Check out my post in the picture link below to my hidden gems of Maidstone