Kent Guide - Shopping

Keen shoppers will find much to delight in Kent.  The largest shopping centre in Europe has been fashioned out of chalk pits at Bluewater and a designer outlet centre is situated just outside Ashford.  Many lovely historic market towns like Cranbrook, Tenterden and Sandwich contain individual shops and art galleries offering specialised, covetable merchandise.

For those seeking the well-known high street labels then Bluewater is the stand out choice. Being Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre, no matter what your tastes are, I’m sure you’ll be catered for.  If you’re hopping in the car then their 13,000 free car parking spaces will be very useful!

Other than its 300 stores to take your fancy, there’s plenty more to enjoy too including its fifty restaurants, imax cinema and even outdoors activities such as the boating lakes and parkland, playgrounds and picnic spaces to keep the whole family to enjoy.

For the bargain hunters, McArthurGlen’s Ashford Designer Outlet is the best place to find the designer brands you love under one roof. The centre has over 80 of your favourite brands all at up to 60% off the RRP including: Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Clarks, Fossil, Fred Perry, Gap, Guess, Jaeger, Kurt Geiger, Lacoste, Links of London, Nike, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger and Radley. Set in extensive grounds under a tented structure, with a great choice of eateries and a lovely play area for the kiddies too, there’s something for everyone.  Conveniently located a few minutes' drive from junction 10 off the M20 and just five minutes’ walk from Ashford International train station, visiting the centre couldn’t be easier. For more information, please visit McArthur Glen's Ashford Designer Outlet

The city of Canterbury offers a wealth of shopping choices, from Fenwicks Department store to the many High Street brands in Whitefriars shopping centre.  If you prefer something a little different head for the King’s Mile nestled alongside the Cathedral walls, for quirky independent boutiques and artisan shops. 

For a more local taste of the what retail delights Kent has to offer, Tunbridge Wells has a wonderful mix of its historic setting and a combination of retail establishments to enjoy. The Royal Victoria Place and Fenwick’s and Hoopers department store are well worth a visit and offers a unique shopping experience. As well as the well-known brands, there are also lots of boutiques and alternative establishments to find one off pieces and locally made items to remind you of your holiday.  

Kent has plenty of quaint towns and villages for wonderful shopping opportunities. From the cute local stores, to the well-known high street brands, no matter what you’re after, the county has lots of shopping opportunities for you to indulge in during your cottage holiday.