Enjoying Kent’s History
Kent’s famous for many things and its rich history is just one of them. For those who enjoy the historical side of life, Kent has plenty to offer….
Kent has an abundance of Castles and historical venues for all to enjoy. Here are three which are well worth a visit.
Walmer Castle– Originally built by Henry VIII, this seaside castle offers an exhibition on the Duke of Wellington, who often stayed in the castle. There’s also history to be learnt about the meetings held here during World War One and The Queen Mother’s garden to enjoy outside.
Dover Castle –Due to its location close to Europe, Dover is steeped in history, and its castle is no exception. It’s had its fair share of defending to do, from the siege of Prince Louis of France in 1216 to protecting our coastal boundaries during the two World Wars. With 12th-century architecture, medieval interiors and secret wartime tunnels, Dover Castle provides enough to keep history lovers occupied throughout the day.
Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre – To enjoy something a little different, head towards these historical ruins. An important Roman site in Britain, explore the stone walls of this Saxon Shore fortress using an audio guide and even catch a boat there from Sandwich to recreate the Roman’s landing.
Best Places to Visit
Kent’s history doesn’t just lie in its historical sites. It’s everywhere you look – from old pubs to beautiful churches, Kent’s history is part of what makes it such an important place. If looking to explore Kent, there are some great places you can visit which encompass just this.
- Chislehurst Caves –These 22-mile long tunnels originate from the chalk and flint mining conducted between the 13th and 19th-centuries. Their guided tours will let you in on tales of Romans, Saxons and Druids.
- The Hop Farm–If you like Victorian oast houses, it’s well worth paying a visit to The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood.There’s plenty for all the family including a 4D cinema, animals and its Yesterdays World museum.
- Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – Travel along the Kent coastline from Hythe to Dungeness National Nature Reserve in Kent’s miniature steam and diesel locomotives. Stop along the way to see lighthouses, medieval churches and the county’s nature and wildlife.
- The Moat Tea Rooms–Situated in Canterbury close to the cathedral, this ancient tea room will take you back in time with its 16th-century wood interiors.
Explore More History with an Overnight Stay
When looking to explore history in Kent, why not stay in our luxury boutique hotel in Kent. Centred between Dover and Folkestone in the picturesque Alkham Valley, the Marquis at Alkham is great for reaching key historical sites as well as providing a relaxing getaway in the beautiful Kentish countryside. Our boutique rooms and fine dining restaurant provide guests with the ideal retreat at the end of a day exploring the county’s history.
If you want to find out more about breaks in Kent and our luxury hotel, visit our contact page and get in touch!