Our Top 5 Days out in Kent
Kent has a lot to explore. In our region, you can find history, culture and beautiful nature. We’ve listed some of our favourite places to visit in the region. Each location is near to our cottages and can be reached in an hour or less from Deal. If you’ve never visited Kent before, get inspired by some of the great places on our doorstep.
For over 250 years Margate was the summer holiday destination for Londoners. Flocking to the seaside to escape the city and enjoy the golden sands. After years of regeneration, the seaside town is now home to creatives and hipsters alike. Visit The Turner Contemporary and Dreamland. Browse the independent shops and restaurants in the vibrant old town. Margate’s still great for a classic seaside day out too. Play the penny arcades, paddle in the sea and ride the bumper cars at Dreamland. Pay a visit to the instagrammable Little Bit and The Old Kent Market. Dinner at Buoy and Oyster or grab a bite at GB pizza co.
Five miles from Canterbury and only 45 minutes from London. Whitstable has become popular with weekending Londoners. The town is picturesque with its brightly coloured beach huts and rustic harbour. A population of creatives make up a buzzing arts scene. Independent galleries showcase their works. Famous for their annual oyster festival, the town becomes overrun with visitors each July. But you can enjoy excellent shellfish all year round. Cockles, whelks crab and oysters are all here. Best enjoyed with a pint from The Old Neptune pub. It’s only a short trip to the nearby Seasalter. Home to The Sportsman, which has made a name for itself as one of the country’s best restaurants. Tables are sparse, so try and book well in advance.
Known as the “jewel in Thanet’s crown”, Broadstairs is full of seaside charm. Once a favourite destination of Charles Dickens. The town celebrates the author every year with its annual Dickens Festival. You can learn more about the novelist with a visit to The Dickens House Museum. Morelli’s ice cream parlour is a local favourite. Sit in their art deco parlour and sample some of their many flavours. Then it’s down to Botany Bay. Where postcard-perfect chalk stacks line the golden beach, and there are rockpools for crabbing.
From The Romans to Thomas Beckett, Canterbury is rich in history. Its one of the oldest cities in Britain. Embark on a historic river tour. You’ll explore a different view of the city while learning about its ancient past all from a riverboat. The majestic Canterbury Cathedral is a world heritage site and well worth a visit. Meanwhile, there are lots of high street favourites and department stores to visit. Take advantage and indulge in some retail therapy while you’re in the city. There’s also The Goods Shed. An indoor farmers market where local producers of fine foods sell their goods. You can pick up everything you need for a great home-cooked feast.
One of the largest expanses of shingle in Europe, Dungeness is a place like no other. Described as “wild west meets the post-apocalyptic” by The Guardian. A haven for beachcombers as its position on the coastline means there’s a lot washed up on its shores. Artists make use of this, constructing sculptures and works from found materials. Most notably, maverick film director Derek Jarman. Dungeness was his home for the last years of his life. cultivating his famous garden which you can still see today. Made up of found objects and wildflowers next to his home Prospect Cottage. For families, the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway is a real treat. Known as Kent’s mainline in miniature. Take a ride in ⅓ sized steam trains as they travel up the coast to neighbouring towns.