Where Can You Travel in the Kent Area?

 

Kent has a long and lustrous history as a center of Britain’s past. The city dates back to antiquity when the land was inhabited by an ancient Celtic tribe. The people who lived there were called “Cantii” and the tribe’s lands extended from Kent and Surry to what is today Greater London.

Over the years knights, noblemen, kings, and commoners lived in Kent with the city of Canterbury serving as the main commercial and cultural center. Today the people of Kent welcome visitors who want to learn more about the area’s natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural attractions. There are accommodations throughout the area for both budget travelers and VIP visitors which allow them to spend their days exploring the region and their evenings playing Springbok casino bonus slots in Kent’s famous pubs.

What are some of the best sites to see in Kent?

Kenward Place

Kenward Place, located in Yalding, offers families a full day of adventure and fun. There are many different types of activities at Kenward Place so regardless of the age of the family members of their interests, they’ll find something that perks their interest.

Younger children will enjoy the Alpaca Experience where they meet a friendly family of alpacas and learn about these fascinating and loveable animals. The Archery Experience challenges the archery skills of novices and archery mavens alike and the Disc Golf Course features 18 holes of golfing fun.

Traditional English tea is served in the tea room and there are paths throughout the woodlands surrounding Kenward Place where visitors can wander.

Historic Dockyard Chatham

Spend a day at the Historic Dockyard Chatham and relive the “Age of Sail” when the mighty British Navy’s ships set out to rule the seas. Some of the vessels on display include a Cold War submarine called the HMS Ocelot, a Second World War Destroyer named the HMS Cavalier, and a Victorian Sloop known as the HMS Gannet.

Visits include demonstrations by master ropemakers who show visitors how ropes were made before the industrial revolution turned the ancient art of ropemaking into a machine job.

Port Lympne Reserve

Port Lympne Reserve is located near Ashford and is home to over 700 rare and endangered species. Set on 600 acres,

Port Lympne is the UK’s safari experience. Visitors drive through the wooded area to view black rhino, big  and small cats, western lowland gorillas, primates, and more.

In addition to viewing the animals, visitors can book a guided tour, keeper experience, team building activity, safari tour, and more. Camping facilities are available at the Giraffe Lodge and Bear Lodge. A hotel is also located on site.

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

Archaeologists have dated settlement of the British Isles back thousands of years. The Dover Museum displays exhibits that show the history and archaeology of Dover. The Bronze Age Boat Gallery presents interactive exhibits along with the opportunity to view the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing boat. This boat is one of the UK’s most important archaeological discoveries which provides evidence of the sea-going nature of the residents of this area during the Bronze Age.

The museum also displays models and original pictures that show the history and archaeology of Dover.

Canterbury Cathedral

Almost everyone has heard of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop’s ministry. The Archbishop is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England. He is the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The post of Archbishop of Canterbury goes back more than 1400 years to Augustine of Canterbury. The present Archbishop is 105th in the line of Canterbury Archbishops.

The Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of welcoming visitors that dates back to medieval times when people would pilgrimage to the cathedral to pray and ask for God’s help. The cathedral is a stunning structure and it, together with St. Martin’s Church and St. Augustine’s Abbey comprise a United Nation’s World Heritage Site.

According to legend the cathedral was established by St. Augustine in 597 A.D. who came to the British Isles as a missionary. Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the cathedral in 1170 and ever since, pilgrims have traveled to the cathedral to show support for a man of God (Becket) who stood up to tyranny (King Henry II whose knights killed him).  The pilgrimages were immortalized in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Visitors to the site can view the cathedral halls, a Romanesque Crypt that dates back to the 11th century, an early Gothic Quire that was built in the 12th century and a 14th Century Perpendicular Nave. Throughout the cathedral, one can see beautiful medieval stained glass windows which illustrate stories and miracles that are associated with St Thomas.

You can join a guided tour or take your own audio tour. You can also book a private evening tour and go ‘behind the scenes’ to the Archives, library, and stained glass studio.

The cathedral is still in use today and locals and visitors may attend services.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for historical, cultural, or recreational adventure, you’ll find it in the Kent region.

 

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