What to do in Kent

A worn boat on the beach

What to do in Kent

The Garden of England

Known as the Garden of England, we love our beautiful county which is filled with unexpected gems to make your stay memorable. 

So whether you're here for a romantic weekend and want to explore beautiful views, have an afternoon to spare during a conference and want to see the sights, or have packed up the whole family for a fun staycation there's something for everyone.  

Canterbury and the surrounding area

Let's start with the wonderful city on our doorstep. Canterbury might not be the biggest but you wouldn't know from its history. 

From one of the oldest Cathedrals in England to modern escape rooms in ex-jail cells, Canterbury has a mix of old and new attractions for all tastes.

So saunter along the pretty river that cuts through the city centre (or better yet get someone to row you around!) Or take a walk on the wild side if you have your own transport to Howletts Wild Animal Park which is also home to the UK's largest herd of African Elephants. 

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Canterbury's green spaces

Come, visit and explore Canterbury

Limited on time?

Here are our suggestions on how to make the most out of your visit no matter what your schedule.

Westgate Towers and river

Half a day

Hop on a bus to be in the heart of Canterbury in 15 minutes, then on a beautiful sunny day, there's nothing better than joining one of the city's river boat tours. Alternatively, a visit to Canterbury Cathedral is never wasted with its beautiful surroundings inside and out.

Buttermarket in Canterbury

A day

If you have a little more free time, then take a guided city tour or explore Canterbury's butter market area with its cobbled streets giving way to independent shops on the King's Mile. Take a wander for yourself with lots of atmospheric pubs on the high street and museums to enjoy. 

Whitstable beach

A weekend

Now's the time to explore further and visit some of Kent's stunning coastline. The choice is yours - an idyllic pebble beach will greet you in Whitstable whilst a short bus or a train ride will find you in Thanet with its sandy beaches. Extra fun and nostalgia are available by visiting Dreamland amusement park. 

Lake at Hever Castle

3 days or more

There's so much to do beyond Canterbury there's something to suit everyone! Interested in art or literature? Follow in Charles Dickens' footsteps to Rochester or JMW Turner's to Margate. Looking for beautiful scenery? Hever, Leeds or Scotney Castle will do the trick. Read below for our favourite places to visit.

Glorious Kent

Of course, there is more to Kent than Canterbury, and across the Garden of England, there are lots of things to do. So get swept away by fairy tale castles or relax and soak up the sun on sandy blue flag beaches, there's plenty to see and do with many attractions accessible via public transport from our accommodation in the heart of Kent.  

Wondering where to go?

Our team share their favourite places to visit in Kent to get you started with some inspiration

Three meerkats in sand

Jan's choice for families: Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park is a must!  Whether you're looking to see tigers or flamingos or go back in time to the dinosaurs, this is a brilliant day out for all the family.

External image of Shepherd Neame Brewery

Louisa's tip for the beer lovers: Shepherd Neame

Located in the nearby town of Faversham, the Shepherd Neame Brewery is open to visitors for behind-the-scenes tours and beer tasting!

Rachel's not to miss attraction in Canterbury

It has to be Canterbury Cathedral! Forming part of a World Heritage Site, it is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England.

Wrecked boat and shed on pebbled beach of Dungeness

Nicola's pick for something different: Dungeness

If you have your own car and don't mind heading a little further afield, a trip to the unique landscape of Britain's only desert is a must. You can also catch the RH&D Railway to enjoy marsh-side views on the route to make a day-long adventure.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle: The all rounder according to Laura.

There's a lot for children to do and big kids too with a medieval castle to explore, wartime tunnels to discover and great views over the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel. A fascinating day out for all.

Alison's choice for something further afield

Folkestone's Harbour Arm is known for its independent bars and range of food places housed in the old station platform and shipping containers. It's perfect for lunch and you can enjoy a stroll along the seafront and Lower Leas Coastal Park.

Cyclists on campus with Cathedral in background

Sheena's local tip: The Crab and Winkle Way

Grab your bikes, and cycle this mainly traffic-free 7.5-mile route from Canterbury to Whitstable. It passes through some beautiful countryside including our campus with many other routes also nearby.

Enjoy your stay

Like what you see? Take all the time you need to explore Kent at your leisure and stay with us on our 300-acre parkland campus overlooking Canterbury during the spring or summer months.