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Hotels in Kent

Kent is also known as 'The Garden of England' and is one of the most beautiful counties in England. It is full or history and heritage and borders East Sussex, Surrey, Greater London and has a forced borderth Essex. Kent is the most South Eastern Region of England and is only about 26 miles from France.

The County Town is Maidstone which lies in the middle of the County. Other well known towns/cities in Kent are Ashford, Chatham, Rochester, Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury, Deal, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Royal Tunbridge Well, Tonbridge, Gravesend and Bromley. Kent has something for all visitoros from tourist attractions, low cost accommodation, night life, restaurants and much much more.

The Channel Tunnel is located just outside Folkestone and transports passengers to France with the Eurostar as well as passenger vehicles and freight to Calais. While on a visit to Kent you can easily pop over to France for lunch or Belgium for some chocolate by ferry from Dover or the Eurotunnel from Folkestone. Kent has an extensive coastline that spans the edge of most of the county. There are traditional holiday destinations such as Herne Bay as well as less commercial beaches like those to be founf in Seasalter, Whitstable and Tankerton. Until about 960AD the Isle of Thanet was a separate Island, hence the name, but it now forms part of the Kent region as does Romney Marsh and Dungerness. The main river in Kent is the River Medway that rises in East Grinsted in Sussex and then flows eastwards towards Maidstone. From Maidstone the River Medway turns towards the famous City of Rochester and then joins the Thames Estuary. The River Medway is about 70 miles long in total.

Kent is a direct link between London and the Ports or Dover, Ramsgate and Folkestone. It is served by South Eastern Railways and many towns and villages in Kent are popular dwelling for city commutors.

A trip to Kent would not be complete for the tourist without a visit to the famous City of Canterbury and it's prominent and magnificent Cathedral. Canterbury is a popular resting place even for the modern day Pilgrim. Canterbury lies on the River Stour. Herne Bay and Whitstable fall under governance by Canterbury City Council. Canterbury lies about 56 miles east of London and is easily accessible by both motorways and public transport. The University of Kent is found in Canterbury and is a world on its own up on the hill. It is fantastic to witness undergraduates attend their ceremonies and run through the streets of Canterbury in their gowns and mortar boards. The University of Kent is a College based University with 5 Colleges on Campus, the 5th having been built in the 2000's.

Margate is a seaside town located within the Thanet District. Margate was once a popular holiday destination for people wanting to escape from the hustle of London, especially during the Victorian era. Margate also consists of Cliftonville, Garlinge, Palm Bay and Westbrook. The history of Margate is closely related to the Sea and has a proud Maritime tradition. Margate used to have an historic pier, which was destroyed by fire a storm in 1978. Margate was also on the map during the 1960's with MODs and again in the 1980s with Skinheads. Margate is currently undergoing a massive regeneration project to restore some of it's formular glory. The famous Dreamland also known as Bem Bom Brothers has also received funding to return the theme park to an attraction to pull in visitors from all over Kent and Beyond. The scenic railway, which was also a listed building was unfortunately damaged by fire in 2008. The last time the Kent Ideas team were in Margate it was a mere shadow of it's former self and we all welcome the completion of the park and the restoration on the whole town.

Ashford is a borough in Kent although the name Ashford is popular in other counties and countries too. Ashford is also known as being a market town with people travelling from the surrounding villages on market day. Ashford has now gone through a major regeneration programme and has a lot to offer both the tourist, casual visitor and serial shopper! There is a designer outlet centre located nearby to Ashford International Station, which also takes passengers to France and Belgium via the Eurostar. Ashford can be reached by the M20 as well as the main train line from London Victoria.

Sevenoaks is a commuter belt town located in Kent and is about 20 miles from Charing Cross. Knole House is to be found in Sevenoaks and is a popular tourist destination. Knole House is a large mansion house. Sevenoaks derived its name from the seven oak trees that were to be found there, unfortunately, six of these oak trees were damaged in the storm of 1989 where only one remained.

  Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Crayford, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Edenbridge, Erith, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Hythe, Lydd, Maidstone, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Southborough, Strood, Swanley, Tenterden, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Westerham, Whitstable
Villages near Maidstone
Barming, Bearsted, Bicknor, Boughton Malherbe, Boughton Monchelsea, Boxley, Bredhurst, Broomfield and Kingswood, Chart Sutton, Collier Street, Coxheath, Detling, Downswood, East Farleigh, East Sutton, Frinsted, Harrietsham, Headcorn, Hollingbourne, Hucking, Hunton, Langley, Leeds, Lenham, Linton, Loose, Marden, Nettlestead, Otham, Staplehurst, Stockbury, Sutton Valence, Teston, Thurnham, Tovil, Ulcombe, West Farleigh, Wichling, Wormshill, Yalding
Villages in Tonbridge and Malling
Aylesford, Birling, Borough Green, Burham, Ditton, East Malling and Larkfield, East Peckham, Hadlow, Hildenborough, Ightham, Kings Hill, Leybourne, Mereworth, Offham, Platt, Plaxtol, Ryarsh, Shipbourne, Snodland, Stansted, Trottiscliffe, Wateringbury, West Peckham, Wouldham, Wrotham,
Villages in Tunbridge Wells
Bidborough, Brenchley, Capel, Cranbrook, Frittenden, Goudhurst, Hawkhurst, Horsmonden, Lamberhurst, Paddock Wood, Pembury, Sandhurst, Speldhurst, Southborough,
Villages in Swale
Bapchild, Bobbing, Borden, Boughton-under-Blean, Bredgar, Doddington, Dunkirk, Eastchurch, Eastling, Faversham, Graveney with Goonestone, Hartlip, Herne Hill, Iwade, Leysdown, Lower Halstow, Lynsted, Luddenham, Milstead-on-Sea, Newington, Newnham, Norton, Oare, Ospringe, Queensborough, Rodmersham, Selling, Sheldwich, Teynham, Throwley, Tonge, Tunstall, Upchurch, Warden
Villages in Ashford
Aldington and Bonnington, Appledore, Bethersden, Bilsington, Boughton Aluph and Eastwell, Brabourne, Brook, Challock, Charing, Chilham, Crundale, Egerton, Godmersham, Great Chart,
Hastingleigh, High Halden, Hothfield, Kenardington, Kingsnorth, Little Chart, Mersham, Molash, Newenden, Orlestone, Pluckley, Rolvenden, Ruckinge, Shadoxhurst, Smarden, Smeeth, Stanhope, Stone-cum-Ebony, Tenterden, Warehorne, Westwell, Wittersham, Woodchurch, Wye,
Villages in Canterbury
Adisham, Barham, Bekesbourne, Bishopsbourne, Blean, Bridge, Chartham, Chestfield, Fordwich, Hackington, Harbledown, Herne, Hoath, Ickham, Kingston, Littlebourne, Lower Hardes, Petham, Kingsnorth, Stourmouth, Sturry, Thannington Without, Upper Hardes, Waltham, Westbere, Wickhambreaux, Womenswold
Villages in Thanet
Acol, Birchington, Cliffsend, Manston, Minster, Monkton, St-Nicholas-at-Wade
Villages in Dover
Alkham, Ash, Aylesham, Capel-le-Ferne, Denton, Eastry, Eythorne, Goodnestone, Great Mongeham, Guston, Hougham Without, Langdon, Lydden, Nonington, Northbourne, Preston, Ringwood, Ripple, River, Sandwich, Shepherdswell, Sholden, St-Margaret-at-Cliffe, Staple, Sutton-by-Dover, Temple Ewell, Tilmanstone, Walmer, Whitfield, Wingham, Woodnesborough, Worth