Welcome to Kent
The gateway to England from Europe and the English Channel, Kent is one of the UK's most picturesque counties.
With London so near, yet feeling so far, Kent is the ideal spot for escaping the rat race and taking life's pace down a level. Fondly referred to as the Garden of England, the county is best known for its famous chalk clifftops, its quirky towns and villages and its pretty countryside.
Things to do in Kent
Five free things to do in Kent
White Cliffs of Dover
As one of the country's most spectacular natural features, the White Cliffs of Dover are undoubtedly the biggest draw for tourists visiting the region. A cliff top walk is highly recommended!
Chart Gunpowder Mills
The Chart Gunpowder Mills in Faversham was one of the first such factories in Britain, and has now been restored and is fully working. Fun fact: powder produced here was used at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo.
Turner Contemporary Art Gallery
Turner Contemporary is a visual arts organisation based in Margate that aims to make art open and accessible to all. The space was designed by the award-winning David Chipperfield, and houses a variety of temporary exhibitions.
Margate Old Town
Just around the corner from the Turner Contemporary is Margate's Old Town, the bohemian capital of this seaside town. Featuring a wide array of artists' studios, galleries and shops, it is an area made to wander round and get lost in.
Biddenden Vineyard is the oldest in the whole of Kent, and offers visitors free tasting throughout the year. On selected Saturdays, visitors are also invited to special tours where you will learn how they produce their award winning ciders and wines.
There's nowhere in the world quite like London
Affectionately known as the Garden of England, Kent is known throughout the world for its blue flag beaches and glorious countryside, with over 180 gardens in the region. History lovers will also be wowed by the region's array of castles and cathedrals, with the villages of Chilham, Wye and Challock in particular offering a fantastic insight into traditional English life. Classic British country pubs are also commonplace, should you need to unwind after a long day's walking, while the county is also home to such attractions as Biddenden Vineyard and Turner Contemporary Art Gallery.
Learn more about maritime history in Chatham at this interesting heritage site and museum.
With one of the longest dramatic and varied coastlines in the country, Kent has five of the best cycle routes - passing castles, ancient churches, historic houses and many splendid gardens.
YHA Medway is in a great area for all cyclists. Capstone Country Park has plenty of cycling routes for all abilities.
The origins of Dover Castle lie in the Iron Age, and a Roman Lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church can still be seen.
If you’d like to escape to open space, the traditional seaside town of Herne Bay is a 30-minute drive away. Stretch your legs along its 2-mile seafront.
The hostel is close to the lovely North Downs Way, a great walking route just waiting to be discovered.