Kent, England, is the southeastern-most shire in England and is home to some very lovely attractions and scenery. Known as the "Garden State," the countryside is lush and green and just beautiful to drive through. Given that this is the closest part of England to France, this area is rich with history of wars and of the monarchy.
The two most popular destinations for visiting in this area is Dover, where you can catch a ferry to Calais, France, and Canterbury. You can take a train from central London to get to these destinations, but the best way of getting around the shire of Kent is to hire a car and drive it. This will allow you to explore things such as Leeds Castle, just out of Maidstone, where there aren't really any Kent, England hostels and public transport doesn't make it very accessible.
Dover is most famous in England for its beautiful white cliffs. There are caves and tunnels carved into the hillside from the Dover Castle that were used during war times to access the beach quickly and are well worth exploring. There aren't many Kent, England hostels in Dover, so it is best to book in advance to avoid missing out.
Canterbury has a rich history from both the church and the monarchy. Canterbury is where the Church of England was founded and is the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Canterbury Cathedral has an incredible history, including the murder of Saint Thomas Beckett, notably one of the most famous Archbishops of Canterbury. The town itself is small but has a really lovely charm to its streets, and it is interesting to wander around and take in the sights for the day. There are Kent, England hostels here, but again, there are not many so you need to make sure that you book in advance to avoid missing out.
If you have a car, make sure you drive through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and take in the lovely countryside. Driving and just exploring the small towns is the best way to take in the area. There is the odd Kent, England hostel scattered around some of the smaller towns outside of Canterbury and Dover if you want to stay outside of the main touristy areas, so check these out too if off-the-beaten-track is your thing.
Hi, I'm Globetrotter,
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You have no reason to come to Sittingbourne -- we have nothing.
Canterbury is a gorgeous city! Take a river baot trip (from Weaver's), Go to the Cathedral (quite expensive but SO worth it). Rent a bike and go to Whitstable on the Crabbe and Winkle route. There's a park next to the West tower at the end of High street which is really nice. I love Canterbury!