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Places to stay in Kent

The huge number of orchards and hop gardens has led Kent to be named "The Garden of England", though the region is also well-known for its role in British history, whether it's hosting a Roman invasion or battling Dutch ships on the River Medway.

A large amount of stunning architecture plays testament to the county's importance in Britain's past, from perfect castles and river forts to Saxon ruins and awe-inspiring cathedrals. While the countryside offers beautiful views, fantastic escapes and a plethora of outdoor pursuits, towns such as Margate will also offer a good old-fashioned seaside break, and the city of Canterbury will deliver a quiet, relaxed break from the hustle and bustle of your usual day-to-day life.

Of course, there are dozens of sights and sounds to experience in Kent, though you don't need to travel far to find another adventure!

Hostels in Kent
Hostels in Kent

Kent is a place that anyone can go to lose themselves, despite the county being the 6th most populous in the UK. YHA hostels in places as diverse as Medway, Canterbury and Margate ensure that you will enjoy the full length and breadth of this stunning area, while also undoubtedly ensuring a return visit because of its wide variety of things to see and do.


Five Free Things To Do In Kent

White Cliffs of Dover
No trip to Kent would be complete without a trip to the most famous natural point of interest in the county - perhaps even the UK as a whole. The White Cliffs have become a symbol of the country, in no small part due to them often being the first and last thing that people see of mainland Britain.

Shell Grotto
This often-overlooked ornate subterranean passageway is found in Margate, and is almost entirely covered in mosaics of seashells - 4.6 million of them, to be precise. Found in 1835, the Shell Grotto's age is still unknown.

This former ancient sea port expanded in the 17th and 18th centuries to become the birthplace of the explosives industry in England, and exhibits some of the finest traditional British architecture in the region.

Leeds Castle
Built on islands in a lake on an offshoot of the River Len, this creation was King Edward I's preferred residence and is perhaps the castle in England that subscribes to the usual stereotypes - a moat, high walls and intricate fortifications. It is now visited by over 500,000 people each year.

Dover Castle
This stunning mediaeval creation is the biggest castle in England, and was founded in the 12th century. Known as the Key to England because of its defensive significance throughout history, it has featured in countless films and TV shows, including Doctor Who.

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