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Kent is a county in South East England and is one of the one of the oldest counties in the UK, having been a kingdom in Saxon times. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south west. Its often referred to as the "Garden of England" for its wide and varied range of orchards and hop gardens.

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MARCH - MAY High 13.5°c Low 6.67°c Precipitation 0.08mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 21.7°c Low 13.46°c Precipitation 0.07mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 14.59°c Low 8.88°c Precipitation 0.03mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 7.53°c Low 2.5°c Precipitation 0.09mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Kent

Kent really is the Garden of England. With its breath-taking countryside, stunning coastline, world-famous attractions and delicious food and drink, there will never be a shortage of things to do here. Fantastic locations such as The White Cliffs of Dover, Leeds Castle, Hever Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, The Historic Dockyards Chatham, Dreamland Margate and Port Lympne Hotel & are all waiting to be explored. Also famous for its award-winning sparkling wine you can also take a tour of one of Kent's many vineyards to sample some fine English wine.

Margate

Kent
From its quirky art galleries, vintage charm and gorgeous sandy beaches, Margate has something for everyone. Among the cobbled streets of Margate Old Town, you will find several independent galleries, studios and workshops, all showcasing local and national artists work. Margate Main Sands is a timeless beach with a tidal pool, children's rides and amusement arcades and caters for families who want traditional seaside fun and entertainment.

Maidstone

Kent
Maidstone is a county town which lies 32 miles east-south-east of London and is in the heart of the Kent countryside. It hosts many events each year, both at the Kent County Show Ground and at many other venues in the town including the theatre, the museum and Leeds Castle. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary.

Folkestone

Kent
Here you will find a varied choice of stylish cafes, bars, restaurants together with a mix of independent and high street shops. A short distance away you will find a beautiful harbour area and family friendly sandy beach. Here you can enjoy the finest seafood from various seafood outlets. Just a short walk from the harbour and town sits Folkestone’s cliff-top promenade – The Leas. From here you can pick up the Victorian funicular lift down to Lower Leas Coastal Park with gardens, play areas and popular outdoor amphitheatre.

LOCAL CUISINE

Kent is a larder for fresh fruit and delicious vegetables although local delicacies also include fresh Dover Sole, Oysters and Romney Lamb which is often called ‘the Kent’ by the regional farmers. It is home to Suzie and Colin Corfield, owners of Owlet Fruit Juice which won Kent Juice Producer of the Year 2010. Famous local eateries in the area include Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable; The Secret Garden Restaurant in Ashford and The Plough at Stalisfield Green.

GETTING HERE

The easiest way to access Kent from anywhere around the UK is to head to London. Getting from London to Kent is relatively simple. Once on the M25, there are two directions into Kent; if you are coming from the North or the East, you will cross the Dartford Bridge (which has a toll charge). Once over the bridge you will be in Kent and you can follow the signs for the M2 or carry on down a little further to reach the M20; if you’re coming from the south and west: on joining the M25, continue until you reach the M26 which will connect you with the M20. Equally you can stay on the M25 until you reach the M2. For a quicker journey, you can travel to Kent by train. Again, for trains to Kent the easiest way is to go to London.