The UK has a rich and turbulent history and, while London may seem like the obvious place to hear ghost stories from the Tower of London or historic accounts from the London Bridge Experience, it shouldn’t be forgotten that every place has a tale to tell. So, when exploring Kent, why not take the time to unravel the exhilarating past of this fascinating county and immerse yourself in myths and legends whilst visiting Kent points of interest?
The Tale of the Princess of Canterbury
Home to the infamous Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas Becket met a grisly end, this fascinating city has long been a hotspot of scandal and intrigue, with many stories popping up in literature – The Tale of the Princess of Canterbury being one such example.
According to legend, there was once a princess of Canterbury who was so beautiful her father wanted her to marry only the strongest of men – so he set a challenge. Whomever could protect her for an entire night without sleeping could marry her the next day. Those who failed, however, would lose their heads. Many men tried and failed until one day a determined shepherd decided to pass by.
On his way to the castle, the shepherd washed his feet and was bitten by fish. He put the fish in his pocket and went on his way where he enjoyed a feast with royalty. That night, the shepherd fell asleep but, when caught by the princess he insisted he had been fishing in the hall. The princess was shocked as there was no pond or lake in the castle, but when he pulled out one of the fish in his pocket she was amazed and instantly told her father who decided to spare his head.
The two married and lived happily ever after.
The Black Dog at Leeds castle
Leeds Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kent, but it is also thought to be home to a black dog who not only walks the castle walls but also ventures onto nearby roads and motorways as a warning of impending misfortune or an upcoming accident – highly sinister!
The Beast of Tunbridge Wells
While this one is fairly easy to laugh off, you may find yourself looking over your shoulder the next time you visit Tunbridge Wells. Legend has it that an eight-foot beast has been terrifying locals for decades with its red eyes, gangly long arms, and ear-piercing roar. The first sighting was reported back in 1942 when an elderly couple relaxing on a bench got the fright of their lives.
Accommodation in Kent
With so much to see and do in the South East, staying in Kent is perfect for a short getaway. If you’re looking for a top-quality boutique hotel offering luxury rooms and a selection of fine dining menus, the Marquis at Alkham is ideal and perfectly situated for destinations such as Dover and Folkestone.