Things to Do
Our Picks for the Best Days Out in Kent
When you’re not relaxing in one of our Kent Holiday Cottages, you may be looking for some interesting, unusual and memorable ways to spend your holiday. Whether you’re trying to satisfy restless legs or looking for somewhere to relax and unwind, Kent has a whole range of interesting things to do to suit people of all ages and interests - here are just some of our suggestions.
Groombridge Place Estates, Tonbridge
Groombridge Estate is a truly stunning family estate that has been open to the public since 1994. Situated on the border of Kent and East Sussex, Groombridge is a great option for those staying close to Tunbridge Wells, although we would argue that it is well worth a slightly longer drive from elsewhere in Kent. The Estate is really close to the steam train, Spa Valley Railway, which travels from Tunbridge Wells to Groombridge Station, a 15 minute walk away from the Estate, so is a great option if you want to arrive in style. If you have children in tow, be sure to venture into the forest where you will find a range of magical activities: Crusoe’s Pirate playground, the Enchanted Forest, Treetop Boardwalk, Giant Swings and more. With a bistro for a sit down meal and a cafe for light bites on site, it is very easy to make a day of your visit to Groombridge Estate, which is packed with fun for all the family.
Samphire Hoe, Dover
Also in Dover, Samphire Hoe is one of the UK’s youngest nature reserves, having been created during the construction of the Channel Tunnel in 1997. The reserve has since become a haven for wildlife and is home to 220 species of bird, 200 species of plants and 30 types of butterfly. Samphire Hoe is open daily from 7am until dusk and is dog-friendly as long as they are kept on lead. Great for ramblers and nature lovers, a walk in Samphire Hoe is set to be a very memorable aspect of your trip to Kent.
The Dog Collar Museum, Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle, just south of Maidstone, has long been heralded as one of Kent’s main tourist attractions and with its expansive grounds, exhibitions, children’s play area and much, much more, it is easy to see why people flock here every year. One of the site's more unusual and lesser-known attractions is its Dog Collar Museum. The collection of canine collars was originally donated to the castle by Gerturde Hunt in 1977, in memory of her husband, as the two of them had been avid collectors of antiques. This collection of 60 has since amassed over 100 collars from all over the world, from the fifteenth century to present day. The Museum is fascinating for adults and children alike, particularly if you’re a dog lover and the collection is incredibly detailed and interesting.
Secret Spy Trail Mission, Canterbury
Keeping children entertained in a city is always a struggle, which is why Treasure Trails are here to help. The Secret Spy Mission Trail is a fully interactive, two mile loop across Canterbury, where you have to protect a very important Victoria Sponge recipe from getting into the wrong hands! With a text messaging service to help you with clues and activity pack included, the Spy Trail is a great way to make some lasting family memories, as well as taking in the sights of historic Canterbury and stretching your legs.
Synonymous with Vera Lynn’s voice and evocations of World War Two, the White Cliffs of Dover have become an integral part of British history. But aside from their symbolic meaning, the Cliffs are generally a really breathtaking scene and are certainly one of Kent’s stand-out natural landmarks. There is a visitor centre at the cliffs, which is wheelchair accessible, where you can take in the immense view from the cliffs over the Channel. On a clear day, you might even be able to see France! If the weather permits, you can walk further along the cliff’s edges and take in the brisk sea air and capture some wonderful photos.