Kent isn’t described as the garden of England for nothing. Within its sea-lined borders you’ll find a fragrant landscape of gentle hills, fertile farmland, cultivated country estates and fruit-laden orchards. It could also be described as the beer garden of England as it produces the world-renowned Kent hops and some of the country’s finest ales and wines from its numerous vineyards. Let’s explore the amazing city together through this article!

Kent offers numerous sightseeing places that deserve a visiting. At its heart is spellbinding Canterbury, crowned by its enthralling cathedral. You’ll also find beautiful coastal stretches dotted with beach towns and villages, from old-school Broadstairs to gentrified Whitstable and the aesthetically challenged port town of Dover.
Here are the most popular destinations in Kent:

Canterbury Cathedral

A rich repository of more than 1400 years of Christian history, the Church of England’s mother ship is a truly extraordinary place with an absorbing history. This Gothic cathedral, the highlight of the city’s World Heritage Sites, is southeast England’s top tourist attraction as well as a place of worship.

The cathedral is an overwhelming edifice crammed with enthralling stories, arresting architecture and a very real and enduring sense of spirituality

The wealth of detail in the cathedral is immense and unrelenting, so it’s well worth joining a one-hour tour (three daily, Monday to Saturday) or taking a 40-minute self-guided audio tour.

Dover Castle

Occupying top spot, literally and figuratively, in Dover’s townscape, this most impressive of castles was built to bolster the country’s weakest point at the shortest sea crossing to mainland Europe. The highlights here are the unmissable secret wartime tunnels and the Great Tower, but the huge area it sprawls across has a lot of other interesting sights, so allow at least three hours for your visit, more if you stand to admire the views across the Channel to France.

 

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Social Events

Welcome to the night! From cozy pubs to underground club nights, there’s plenty going on after dark.

There are plenty of clubs and bars in the city, including Steinbeck & Shaw,and Club Chemistry which is the largest club in the city. Check out the historic alleys for a variety of bars and pubs.

Alberrys is one of the oldest and most established bars, located in the heart of Canterbury! For over 30 years the bar has welcomed the city’s inhabitants and visitors alike with its unique ambience and surroundings.

Bar 6 is perfect for any occasion, whether that be a night out on the town, a few drinks over lunch or somewhere to watch the live sports. So come down and have a few cocktails and find out what Maidstone has been missing!

Bramley’s is Canterbury’s most unique cocktail bar. Enjoy life with cocktails, vintage decor, live music and cool staff. The 1920s speakeasy, transports you back to the prohibition, making your night even more magical.

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Food

The city streets cater for all types of food, from burgers, pizza, sushi and much more.

Eating well in Kent isn’t difficult, especially if you choose eateries which use the county’s superb, home-grown produce. Soft fruit, oysters, seafood and unusual sides such as samphire (sea grass) and kale are what the county does well.

THE WIFE OF BATH, WYE
Named after the 15th-century Canterbury Tale and open since 1963, The Wife of Bath was re-galvanised with a grande dash of Northern Spanish influence in 2016, when Mark Sargeant, owner of Rocksalt Restaurant in Folkestone and The Duke William Pub in Ickham, took the helm and revamped the rooms, drinks and dishes

THE WEST HOUSE, BIDDENDEN
Despite also having its own Michelin star, Graham Garrett’s restaurant, in a 16th-century weaver’s cottage in dinky Biddenden, is inexplicably less famous than Harris’s Sportsman. Perhaps that’s because it looks more like a conventional smart eaterie – at least, until you open the menu.

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Shopping

Head to Whitefriars shopping centre for high street fashion and big name stores.

If you enjoy visiting more independent shops and boutiques, nearby there is Westgate and King’s mile. These shops are great for shopping, crafts and more.

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Transport

Inner city bus

From Canterbury to Kent University
Stagecoach’s Unibus service can get you to the University of Kent from Canterbury city center efficiently and easily. As a University of Kent student, you are also entitled to Stagecoach’s low cost bus ticket, Unirider – all you need is a valid Kent student ID card.

Train

You might be heading home for the holidays, or maybe you fancy a trip to London. For just £30 a year, you can save up to 1/3 on rail travel with a National Rail 16-25 rail card. And, if you want to save even more, for just £70, you can buy a three-year rail card which will last you your entire University experience!

Airport

The National Express 270 coach service runs to and from Gatwick airport eight times a day. With pick up points from the University of Kent and Universities at Medway campuses, it couldn’t be any easier to travel to Gatwick.

National Express also run other airport transfers between various Kent towns and Heathrow, Stanstead and Luton

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