Published on Thursday 24 October 2013
Kent, also known as the ‘Garden of England’ is the largest of the “home counties” and has a diverse history and landscape. Many of the towns have histories dating back to beyond the Middle Ages and can serve as interesting locations for visitors of all backgrounds.
Close to the East Sussex boarder, this town came into being as a spa town in the Georgian period. It remains a popular location with tourists and some 30% of its commerce comes from tourism. It is an archetypal conservative “Middle England” town and played a large part housing refugees from London during The Second World War. The town is also a hub for major roads including the A26 and the A264, has two train stations, and regular bus services.
While this town may not have the nicest town centre, it is in a truly great location and is surrounded by many beautiful little villages. It is on the high speed link to London which travels to the Kent coast and France via the Channel Tunnel. It is one of the fastest growing towns in Kent and has a variety of venue options. There are many residential properties available to rent here for commuters too. There’s no Rentify system for landlords yet like in London, but there are many smaller residential letting agencies.
This is an ancient market town that sprung up from an old sea port on the local creek. England’s explosives industry also started off in this little town in the 16th Century. It lies roughly between Sittingbourne and Canterbury and 48 miles east of London. It is perhaps a good location for people who value hot weather as the parish holds the record for highest ever recorder temperature (101F) in 2003. There is a country park and nature reserve open to the public all year round.
This is certainly a city as opposed to a town but it is too notable not to mention. Its history is rich and known worldwide. The famous cathedral dates back to the 597 AD and is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of eth Archbishop of Canterbury. The city also boasts Tudor theatres and a strong musical history including 12th Century organ music and a rock music scene from the 60’s and 70’s called the ‘Canterbury Sound’. The Canterbury Festival takes place for two weeks every October and the Lounge on the Farm Festival in July.
In the west of Kent, and only 22 miles from London; this town is popular with commuters. It grew up around Knole House and in the 13th Century became a market town. The Sevenoaks School is one of the oldest in the country and the majority of students there receive high grades at GCSE and A-Level. There is an active scouting organisation and there is a large nature reserve that surrounds the former gravel pits. Famous residents have included Princess Diana and Basil Copper.