South East county, Kent, has been referred to as The Garden of England for hundreds of years. With its spectacular coastline views and White Cliffs of Dover; possibly better known to those arriving in the UK by ferry, it’s no surprise that this is a sought-after location, home to 1,524,700 residents. Kent’s rolling green hills and beautiful scenery blend in with the many historic buildings and points of interest it boasts to tourists and residents alike giving it an enormous amount of reasons to visit.
Gardens of Kent
It isn't called 'The Garden of England' for nothing. Kent is host to gentle hills, fertile farmland and cultivated country estates with fruit filled orchards that cover the area. Penshurst Place, Sissinghurst Castle and Hall Place Gardens are all well known for the scenic views they offer and are definitely not to be missed.
The iconic Kent coastal houses also dot the landscape and were historically used as a location to dry hops ready for the brewing process. This makes Kent not only The Garden of England but also The Beer Garden of England where some of the finest ales and wines can be found.
The strawberries found at Wimbledon are also grown in Kent, giving it a hint of the quintessential tradition. These strawberries take quite the adventure from a lovely field in Kent to being picked and taken on to their next stop. Wimbledon strawberries are picked very carefully, and are required to be between 25mm-45mm in diameter, fully red all over and free of any defects. The best kind to add cream to and watch the tennis.
Seaside Award winning beaches are a profound tourist attraction and have been for the past 250 years. With 60 million tourist visitors in 2016, this figure can only seek to expand year on year with even more people wanting to visit the breath-taking coastline which fizzes with artistic energy. Those living in other areas of the UK can take pleasure in finding themselves a beach resort close to home without the need for travelling abroad, where as our neighbouring countries may choose to hop across to enjoy a slice of British sunshine.
White Cliffs of Dover
The most overwhelmingly beautiful coastline is an icon for Britain and also represents hope and freedom having been used for defence in both World Wars. Some may say it’s a tranquil place to visit and enjoy the views, whilst others know it better for its ferry routes. With the port of Dover right on its doorstep, it is Europe’s busiest international ferry port and the nearest port to France, just 21 miles away. P&O Ferries travel from Dover to Calais and DFDS Seaways offers a service to both Calais and Dunkirk.
It has been the strategic gateway of Britain for centuries, not only repelling invaders but welcoming visitors and commerce. A walk toward the South Foreland Lighthouse will offer a great view of the cliffs and you will also see the chalk grassland that is home to many plants and insects.
The most standout landmark in Dover was built to show that the country’s weakest point had authority. A fortress commanding the gateway for nine centuries. With historic highlights such as the secret wartime tunnels, medieval interiors and facts behind the Romans and the Cold War, it is a great place to explore and find out more of Dover’s heritage.