This summer forget your passport and book yourself a spectacular staycation in Kent, the Garden of England. The perfect base for a short or long break with friends or family, Kent offers everything you could possibly want from a great summer holiday (without the airport security stress), from culture-filled escapes to get-away-from-it-all rural retreats.

Thanks to Southeastern's high speed rail links, we are just a train journey from London - but our golden sands, glistening vineyards and glorious architecture feel like another world. Which may be why so many Londoners are choosing to holiday here these days...

Don't believe us? Read on to discover just what’s waiting to be explored this summer in Kent…



You will like to be beside this seaside...
Looking for sand, sea and sunshine, and sunsets to die for? Head straight to the shores of Viking Bay, Broadstairs, for your day(s) at the beach this year. Bring the family for fun on the water, and enjoy a programme of funky festivals all season


It’s worth a punt...
Head to hip yet historic Canterbury for your dose of city culture. Wander the cobbled streets, dance in boho bars, wonder at the Canterbury Cathedral, and laze on the stunning River Stour

Dover Castle

Send your kids to the tower...
Uncover ancient stories, take in breath-taking sea views, and let the little ones run wild and free with an epic trip back in time at Dover Castle. This historic site begs to be explored, and is a treat for all ages



Hever Castle

Our Tudor isn’t mock...
We don’t need a BBC film crew to spruce up our scenery; a glimpse of Anne Boleyn’s idyllic childhood home Hever Castle on a misty morning is enough to make you lose your head. You can even book an overnight stay here (swoon!)

Howletts Wildlife Park

There's no need to go to the ends of the earth to explore your wild side. Howletts Wild Animal Park offers an adventure like no other, as it is home to more than 400 animals, including gorillas, tigers monkeys, and the UK's largest herd of African elephants. These wild things will make your heart sing.

Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages

You've no reason not to book your next break to the Garden of England - so why not escape to the country and bed down in a gorgeous self-catering pad with Kent & Sussex Cottages? With a stunning collection of properties including oast houses and rural retreats, you're sure to find that dream spot for a spectacular staycation.

Leeds Castle

Whisk yourself away to the heart of Kent's lush countryside, where one of the loveliest castles in the world awaits. Flit through the grounds, laze on a boat on the moat, gaze at the sun-soaked stones of Leeds Castle. And breathe...


From traditional holiday-town charm, a world-class art gallery, sandy beaches, a cool café culture and tempting retro shops. Margate – ‘The Original Seaside’, is waiting to welcome you


Marseille? Non, c’est Ramsgate
Enjoy a slice of the Med without the long journey or an eye-watering bill for a glass of vino. You can indulge in the waterside café culture of Ramsgate's very own Riviera. Arty, boho, beautiful, this little slice of Thanet coastline is a joy to behold

Shepherd Neame

Drink in the stunning scenery of Whitstable and raise a glass to Kent's brewing heritage. That post-work beer will taste better while drinking in the sights and scents of the Garden of England. Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame has a staggering range of unique pubs across the county, from waterfront pubs to old-world wine bars.

Southeastern Railway

All of this and more is within achingly easy reach of London, with Southeastern’s high speed rail links. You can be out of the rat race and in your element in as little as 38 minutes, with multiple ticket offers and deals to choose from on their website. Beaches, beauty, battles and beer - it doesn’t get better than that. Book your train tickets today to start your summer journey to Kent!