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"Kent - Something for everyone"

Kent is a land of gardens and orchards, of historic castles and churches, of pretty villages and fine market towns, but above all, it is a land that is inescapably linked to the sea. Its proximity to Europe across the narrow channel means that invaders through the centuries have chosen the Kent coast as a gateway to Britain.You don’t have to travel far to find beauty, fun and relaxation.
Kent offers a wide choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Whether you stay in a town or city centre with attractions on the doorstep, or wish to get away from it all to the coast or in the heart of the countryside, you are sure to receive a warm welcome.
Kent is an ideal short break or holiday destination, and is famous for it's quaint cottages, well appointed hotels, Bed and Breakfast for short stays, as well as Caravan and Camping parks.
There are 1000's of restaurants in Kent covering all four corners of our gastronomic globe to tempt even the most discerning connoisseur. Whether you want to relax over a cappuccino, enjoy a light lunch, have a fun family meal or indulge in a taste sensation, Kent caters for every occasion. So much choice...

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Dining in Kent
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There are 1000's of restaurants in Kent covering all four corners of our gastronomic globe to tempt even the most discerning connoisseur. Whether you want to relax over a cappuccino, enjoy a light lunch, have a fun family meal or indulge in a taste sensation, Kent caters for every occasion.
So much choice...
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DINING
Recreation in Kent
From flying your Kite to Go-Cart racing to Horse Riding. You will find them all and much more in Kent.
RECREATION
Where to Stay in Kent
Kent offers a wide choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Whether you stay in a town or city centre with attractions on the doorstep, or wish to get away from it all to the coast or in the heart of the countryside, you are sure to receive a warm welcome.
Kent is an ideal short break or holiday destination, and is famous for it's quaint cottages, well appointed hotels, Bed and Breakfast for short stays, as well as Caravan and Camping parks.
WHERE TO STAY
Kent Beaches
350 miles of coastline to explore, over 1000 square miles of countryside plus more historic homes and castles than any other county.
At the southeastern border of England, Kent is only around 21 miles from France.
England's oldest county is a wonderful short break and holiday destination, with many Blue Flag beaches, places of interest, and fun things to do.
A train journey from London to Kent's coast is just a short trip.
KENT COAST
Kent Castles
Kent has more castles and historic houses than any other county, there are 18 castles alone, from romantic Hever to the fortress of Dover.
Deal Castle was one sturdy link in the chain of coastal fortresses built by order of Henry VIII, who feared invasion from France. Further along the coast is Walmer Castle and Gardens, which in more recent years has become the elegant residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Rising from a lake in 500 acres of glorious parkland, Leeds Castle is the epitome of elegance and a treasure house of furnishings, paintings and antiques dating back centuries.
KENT CASTLES
Sport in Kent
Sport and recreation are critical to the health and wellbeing of the people of Kent.
So it is important that sport and recreation facilities and services are of good quality.
See some of what Kent has to offer on this page.
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SPORT
Kids Day Out in Kent
From family-friendly restaurants and hands-on museums to afternoons spent playing in the park, check out these places for a great day out with small children.
Finding active ways to occupy the kids can seem like a challenge for even the most imaginative parent. With this is mind, here you can find some great ways to keep your family active in Kent, whatever the weather.
KIDS DAY OUT
Kent Venues
The county of Kent makes the ideal venue for gatherings and social events of all kinds.
If you are arranging premises for business meetings, cultural events or family celebrations look here for the web's most comprehensive selection of top-quality places for hire in and around the county.
One of the best reasons to consider Kent for hosting your event is the convenience afforded by one of the UK's most comprehensive and extensive transportation infrastructures. This is particularly relevant if you're expecting attendees to be arriving from overseas, as London's Gatwick Airport is within an hour's drive from most Kent venues.
KENT VENUES
Kent Gardens
Dazzling colours, seductive scents, superb seasonal shows – it is no surprise that Kent's gardens are world renowned. With 180-plus to choose from, there's one to match your every mood and interest; grand and historic, exotic and informal, or innovative vistas in the making.
KENT GARDENS
Kent Historic Houses
Rediscover Kent, England’s oldest county, and delve into thousands of years of heritage. Knole, known as the Forgotten Palace, is an extraordinary building with many secrets to reveal.
To unearth these, the National Trust is embarking on a refurbishment project to stabilise the state rooms and open up new areas – which will double the space open to the public.
Nearby, the superb 14th-century moated manor of Ightham Mote has unique features spanning many centuries.
Walk in the footsteps of the infamous Tudors and relive the dramatic love intrigues of King Henry VIII at Hever Castle. Here you can find many artefacts unfolding Anne Boleyn’s ill-fated romance with the king and then make the short journey to Penshurst Place, where Henry stayed whilst he was courting Anne. The Home of Charles Darwin - Down House.
HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Shopping in Kent
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With a back drop of medieval churches, castles and cathedrals, shopping in Kent is a rather unique experience.
High street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods are all on offer in this county listed as one of the top 10 places to shop in the UK.

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SHOPPING
Kent Countryside
Kent boasts over 1000 square miles of countryside and 350 miles of coastline to explore, plus more historic homes and castles than any other county.
Kent is known as 'The Garden of England', due to the large number of hop gardens and orchards in the county.
Kent is widely believed to be England's oldest county, and is home to around 17,000 listed buildings.
Two of Kent's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty cover around one third of the entire county.
COUNTRYSIDE
Conferencing in Kent
Conference rooms, meeting rooms, training rooms, seminar rooms, banquet halls, reception venues, board rooms and much more.
Kent is fast becoming the place for weddings and events of all types.
Kent Museums
Kent has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era, as attested by finds from the quarries at Swanscombe. The Medway megaliths were built during the Neolithic era. There is a rich sequence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman era occupation, as indicated by finds and features such as the Ringlemere gold cup and the Roman villas of the Darent valley.
KENT MUSEUMS
Kent Churches
Churches have for centuries been the centre of religious life, being not only a place for weekly worship but the space in which people are married, christened, baptised, and celebrated after passing. Churches mark special religious occasions - Christmas, Easter, and Palm Sunday being a few of the important events - and provide comfort and shelter to those in need.
KENT CHURCHES

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Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Kent

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Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Kent, England. In England the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses a site because of its fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. As of 2008, there are 98 sites designated in this Area of Search, of which 67 have been designated due to their biological interest, 21 due to their geological interest and 10 for both.

Here you will find a "Where's the path?" link to map pages of each area of Special Scientific interest in Kent. Here you will be able to view various maps of each location including Aerial, Satellite, Dual View, old Ordnance Survey maps, Cycle routes and much more.

SSSIs in Kent

"Kent - Something for everyone"

Kent boasts over 1000 square miles of countryside and 350 miles of coastline to explore, plus more historic homes and castles than any other county.
Kent is known as 'The Garden of England', due to the large number of hop gardens and orchards in the county.
Kent is widely believed to be England's oldest county, and is home to around 17,000 listed buildings.
Two of Kent's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty cover around one third of the entire county.

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Kent Place Names
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If you have wandered through the Kent Downs whether on foot, by horse, bicycle or car will have, at one time or another, pondered over the meaning of place names of towns , villages or hamlets that we normally take for granted in our everyday lives. Places such as Pett Bottom, Bigbury and Bobbing conjure up all manner of intriguing images as to the activities of former inhabitants, while others such as Whatsole Street, Smersole or Hartlip appear completely baffling.
Although most place names may appear at first sight to be random elements of words thrown together in no particular order, most are surprisingly easy to decipher with some elementary grounding in Old English. Over the centuries most of the Old English words have themselves corrupted and changed to appear as we know them today.
Kent Place Names
Kentish Dialect
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Modern Kentish dialect shares many features with other areas of south-east England (sometimes collectively called "Estuary English"). Other characteristic features are more localised. For instance some parts of Kent, particularly in the north west of the county, share many features with broader Cockney.

A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms: in use in the county of Kent' by W.D.Parish and W.F.Shaw (Lewes: Farncombe,1888)
'The Dialect of Kent: being the fruits of many rambles' by F. W. T. Sanders (Private limited edition, 1950). Every attempt was made to contact the author to request permission to incorporate his work without success. His copyright is hereby acknowledged.
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