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Kent Towns to Visit

Summer in ashford, KentAshford

Ashford is a thriving market town that has seen much expansion since the opening of the international station. The high speed link to London, Lille and Paris makes it a favourite spot for both commuters and celebrities. It also has good road links making it an ideal base for exploring the rest of Kent.

The pedestrianised town centre has a good range of shops and 2 small malls, Park Mall and County Square. There is also an out of town Designer Outlet which sells top brands at discount prices. The Evegate craft and business park and Bybrook Barn Garden centre and shops are also worth a visit.

Don't miss: Godington House & Gardens. Beautifully furnished Jacobean house with 12 acres of gardens.

Broadstairs

Broadstairs is a small seaside town with a sandy beach. Viking bay has a lift for easy access to the beach, a lifeguard and is dog free May-September. It is a lively town with several annual festivals.

To commemorate the fact that Broadstairs was a favourite haunt of Charles Dickens, there is a Dickens festival every June. There is also a food festival in October and a folk festival in August.

Don't miss: Crampton Tower Museum, a must for model railway enthusiasts with a miniature railway for the children to ride on. The museum also runs Historic Town Tours every Saturday.

Shopping in Canterbury, kentCanterbury

Canterbury has a thriving city centre that is popular with tourists. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canterbury has plenty of history. You can even see history brought to life at the Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction.

Canterbury also has plenty of shops, restaurants and night life. Look out for the Annual International Arts Festival held in Canterbury in October.

Don't miss: A guided tour of the city, either on the river, on foot or in a horse drawn trap.

Chatham

Chatham is a dockyard town on the river Medway in North Kent. With it's pedestrianised High Street and the Pentagon Shopping Centre you can shop 'til you drop. There is also a Dockside Outlet Centre offering branded goods at discount prices.

Cranbrook, KentDon't miss: Chatham Historic Dockyard. Over 80 acres exploring the history of ship building and the maritime world.

Cranbrook

A lovely little picture postcard town with a good range of shops ideal for browsing.

Don't miss: Sissinghurst Castle garden. The restaurant serves excellent meals featuring local produce.

Deal

A seaside town with a pebble beach, pier, 2 castles, 2 top class golf courses and lovely Georgian architecture. Deal has a rich history as a smugglers haunt.

Walmer Castle, KentThere is a great mix of shops and plenty of places to eat and drink. If you are a gourmet then you can go home laden with fresh fish, goodies from the delicatessens, handmade chocolates and much more.

There are some awesome coffee shops available in Deal if you wish to enjoy the coffee revolution.

Don't miss: Walmer Castle and gardens. The castle is furnished with items from its many famous inhabitants, the audio guide will help you get the most from your visit.

Dover

The busy port of Dover provides easy access to France but there is plenty to do around Dover. St Margaret's Bay with it's pretty lighthouse and the tranquil Pines Gardens are worth a visit.

Dover castle, KentHistory buffs will love the Dover Museum and Bronze-Age Boat Gallery and the Roman Painted House.

Don't miss: Dover castle, one of English Heritage's top sites. You can also tour the Secret Wartime tunnels that run beneath the cliffs.

Faversham

Faversham is a pretty and popular market town. The shops are a mix of big chains and small independent retailers. Faversham is also home to the Shepherd Neame brewery where you can take a tour and sample some of their fine Kent ales.

Don't miss: The Brogdale National Fruit collection. Over 2,000 varieties of apples are grown here, plus hundreds of varieties of pears, plums and cherries as well as bush fruits and nuts. You can tour the orchards, buy local produce, see the fruit fed pigs or even visit the snail farm!

Folkestone

Home to the Channel tunnel, you get take your car on the Eurotunnel from Folkestone. Alternatively stay and enjoy the sandy beach and the rides at the Rotunda amusements on the beach.

Don't miss: The Creative Quarter in The Old High Street & Tontine Street, local artist, local crafts, gifts and cafes.

Gillingham

Gillingham has a large market inn the High Street every Monday and Saturday where you can pick up some bargains.

Sport plays a big part of life in Gillingham. Priestfield stadium is home to Gillingham football club, while the Gillingham Ice Bowl is home to the Invicta Dynamos ice hockey team.

Don't miss: Dickens World, an indoor attraction that brings the world of Dickens to life with the sights and sounds of the times plus costumed characters to guide you on your way.

Herne Bay

An old fashioned seaside town where you can enjoy a dip in the sea followed by an ice cream and a stroll along the promenade past the pretty beach huts.

Don't miss: Wildwood where you can see native wildlife such as otters, badgers and pine martins plus species we have now lost such as wolves, beavers and lynx.

Hythe

A lovely pretty town on the banks of the Royal Military Canal. There's a good selection of shops and cafes plus the Malthouse Arcade (open Fridays and Saturdays). When you are tired of browsing the shops you can take a boat out on the canal.

Don't miss: The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. The world's smallest public railway it has one third size steam and diesel locomotives. The line runs from Hythe to Dungeness.

Maidstone

leeds castleOne of Kent's larger towns, there are plenty of shops including many independent retailers and a large selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs. There is also a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Why not take a river tour or visit Kent Life Farm Attraction and let the children try the quad bikes, have a donkey ride and meet the animals.

Don't miss: Leeds Castle. A truly beautiful castle with lovely grounds plus aviary, maze and grotto.

Margate

Plenty of sandy beaches for water sports, kids rides or just relaxing in the sun. You can also visit the underground shell grotto. It was discovered in 1835 but it's origins remain a mystery. There is also the Hornby Visitor Centre where you can relive the joys of Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi models.

Don't miss: The Walpole Bay Hotel and Museum. A little time capsule, lovingly preserved Edwardian splendor. Drop in for a meal or a cream tea.

Scotney castlePaddock Wood

A small town steeped in the history of Kent hop picking. Paddock Wood is an ideal base for visiting NW Kent and the National Trust properties in the area such as Sissinghurst and Scotney castle (pictured left).

Don't miss: The Hop Farm Family Park. An ever expanding family attraction with rides, animals, play areas,exhibitions, adventure activities and numerous themed events throughout the year.

Ramsgate

Ramsgate has an award winning sandy beach and beautiful cliff top walks. You can try your hand at the vintage pinball machines at the Pinball Parlour or take a stroll in the 16 acre Monkton Nature Reserve.

Don't miss: RAF Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Trust. A WWII Spitfire aircraft and a Hurricane bomber are on display along with a huge number of photographs and letters bringing the experiences of the pilots and crew to life.

Rochester

For something a bit different from the average high street, try Rochester. It still has a certain Victorian air about it and has a good range of independent shops.

Rochester also has a great selection of restaurants. There is also a good farmer's market on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Royal Tunbridge Wells

A jewel in Kent's crown and a real treat for shopping and the arts. There is the lovely Pantiles Shopping Arcade with its many little boutiques and antique shops, the pretty High Street and the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre. In the evening you can see a show at one of the town's theatres.

Tunbridge wells is ideally placed for visiting many of Kent's top tourist attractions including Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Hever Castle, Knole, Chartwell and Penshurst Place.

Don't miss: Groombridge Place Gardens and The Enchanted Forest. Beautiful formal gardens, imaginative forest landscaping that the kids will love, unusual animals (including a zeedonk and giant rabbits), tree houses, rope bridges and plenty more to explore.

Golf at Sandwich, KentSandwich

Steeped in history, Sandwich has lots of ancient buildings such as the guildhall and the toll bridge

You can visit the Salutation Gardens, a recently restored Lutchyens & Jekyll Garden, the Guildhall museum and the White Mill Rural Heritage Centre.

Don't Miss: A river boat tour to see the seals. Golf lovers will also enjoy the Royal St George's Golf Club, regular host of the Open Golf Championship.

More Kent Towns and Villages will be listed soon.