Visiting Kent in 2018
We may be biased, but we think Kent is one of the most interesting and beautiful counties in England. Home to a multitude of attractions as well as some stunning countryside, it offers residents and tourists alike some exciting days out. Here’s why we think you should visit Kent this new year 2018.
Kent is dotted with historic castles, from Norman strongholds to Tudor residences and more. There are few better places to take in the marvels of medieval architecture than the Kent coast, which was England’s first line of defence against invaders for centuries. Dover Castle is particularly interesting, having withstood siege and played a part in the organisation of Operation Dynamo. Just along the coast is Deal Castle, built during Henry VIII’s reign to defend the Downs naval anchorage.
Inland, Leeds Castle is one of Kent’s best attractions, having been owned by six of England’s queens and dubbed the ‘Loveliest Castle in the World’. Today, there’s lots to keep families occupied, from sumptuous chambers to falconry displays.
Hever Castle is also a favourite. Set in 125 acres of lush countryside, it was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and displays many Tudor portraits as well as an annotated copy of Anne’s Book of Hours.
In addition to historical attractions, there are several Kent destinations where you and your family can encounter wildlife. Port Lympne and Howletts Zoos offer a fun day out where you can see all sorts of animals including gorillas, elephants, giraffes and big cats. Howletts also has a high ropes course, which gives kids the opportunity to see the zoo from a monkey’s perspective.
For kids who love farm animals, the Rare Breeds Centre is a must when you visit Kent. Home to all kinds of unusual breeds such as Tamworth pigs and Norfolk Horn sheep. Children will love the barn, in which they can cuddle guinea pigs, rabbits and newborn chicks.
With its extensive coastline, a walk along the beach is one of the best things to do in Kent. Even in winter many people enjoy a stroll along the coastline or beaches, with the cliff top walk from Dover to St Margaret’s Bay being a popular route. Broadstairs is also a favourite, with its sandy beaches and cosy art galleries.
Watch the waves crash against the shore and breathe the bracing sea air as you walk, stopping every so often to skim a few pebbles across the surface of the water. Then head to one of the local pubs or restaurants for a hearty meal. It’s a simple pleasure and a true Kentish experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Visit Kent this new year
No matter what time of year you’re planning to visit Kent, you’ll find a warm welcome at the Marquis at Alkham. With luxury rooms and a fine dining restaurant, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the county. Contact us today to make a reservation.