Why Kent is the best location for an autumn break

Phoebe Shipton  ·  23rd August 2020
autumn leaves

If, thanks to the likes of Covid, you were unlucky enough to miss out on getting away this summer, then you might well be thinking of planning an autumn escape.

Which then opens up the whole of the UK as possible locations for your next staycation.

So what makes Kent so special? And why should you consider booking your next long weekend away here this autumn?

We take a closer look.

Kent is the oldest county in England

Not only is Kent the oldest county in England, it also has more castles and historic buildings than any other county.

So there is plenty to entertain everyone, whatever the weather or time of year.

Highlights include Leeds Castle, a magnificent building, rising from a lake set in 500 acres of parkland, and once home to 6 medieval queens.

Alternatively, you might fancy heading to the home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle, with its double moat and incredible history, dating back to the 13th century.

And of course, there are historic locations such as Chaucer’s Canterbury, with its splendid cathedral, which are an absolute must to visit.

Kent has miles of beautiful coastline

Margate sands

Facing out to the English Channel, with impressive chalk cliffs (including the iconic White Cliffs of Dover) and miles of golden sands, it is not hard to see why so many visitors flock to Kent’s coastline each year.

Sea temperatures also remain high during the autumn, at 16-17C in September and October.

So should the sun be out, there’s no reason why you couldn’t also take a quick dip whilst you’re there.

If you prefer your beaches to be peaceful and secluded then you’re in luck, as there are numerous quiet locations to explore.

Or if you fancy the buzz of the more traditional seaside resort, then head to places like Margate, home of Dreamland, Kent’s retro theme park or the Turner Contemporary, an internationally-renowned gallery showing contemporary and historical art.

Kent is one of the warmest parts of Britain

The average daily mean temperatures in Kent is a balmy 15C during September and 11C in October.

And average high temperatures are 19C in September and 15C in October.

Which means you can book an autumn break in Kent with relatively certainty that the weather should be on the better side of good for this time of year.

Kent is well connected

Many of the key areas of Kent can reach the centre of London by train in less than one hour (the county town of Maidstone is just 37 miles from London).

And the motorway network is also designed to make this journey fast and painless, thanks to likes of the M2 and the M20.

Shop til you drop at Bluewater

Visitors keen to get their shopping fix are spoilt for choice with over 300 shops at Bluewater, Kent’s largest retail and leisure destination, complete with over 300 stores, 60 cafes, bars and restaurants plus a 17-screen cinema!

Alternatives include Westwood Cross.

Whilst bargain hunters might want to head straight over to the Ashford Designer Outlet.

How to book the best autumn break in Kent

6 Capstan Row Deal Kent

If you are sold on the idea of coming to Kent for an autumn break then give Keepers Cottages a call and we will match you with the perfect holiday cottage!

With over 80 wonderful holiday lets in Deal, Walmer and Kingdown as well as further inland, we like to think of ourselves as the experts when it comes to finding the best Kent coast getaway.

And what’s more, our friendly team all live locally, which means we know all the best restaurants and dog friendly beaches.

As well as where to find the best flat white and crispiest fish and chips!

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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