Intriguing Heritage …
The oldest documented county in the British Isles, Kent has an abundance of historic towns and villages. Explore Canterbury, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Faversham, Aylesford, Shoreham, Tenderden, and Chatham. Each has its own story – of martyrs and pilgrims; of Georgian spas; of golden ages of naval history; of poets, artists, philosophers … Each offers the visitor a glimpse into a richly historic past.
Glorious Countryside …
Generations of writers, artists and statesmen have been inspired by the ‘Garden of England’. Famous not only for its apples, cherries, hops, cobnuts, and vineyards, but also for the rolling hills and woods of the High Weald, and the ancient lanes and hedgerows of the Kent Downs – both designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - the countryside of Kent can be explored by car, bicycle or on foot. The long-distance footpaths of the North Downs Way and the Greensand Way bisect the county, passing close to Ightham, and there is an extensive network of footpaths for gentler walks.
Inspired Gardens . . .
The gardens of Kent are too numerous to mention all by name. Each is different but all are inspirational. They include Vita Sackville-West’s famous garden at Sissinghurst; the exotic gardens of Lullingstone Castle World Garden; Yalding organic garden; Great Comp with its plantsman's inspiration; the Victorian delights of Doddington Place Gardens; dramatic Riverhill Gardens and the romantic Scotney Castle gardens. A veritable feast for the gardening enthusiast – and all are within easy reach of Ightham.
Scenic Coastlines . . .
From the white cliffs of Dover, to the mysteries of Romney Marsh, the Tudor coastal defences of Deal and Walmer, and the Channel Port of Dover, the Kent coastline is a source of pleasure and fascination.
Ancient Castles, Historic Houses and Sacred Cathedrals . . .
Step back in time by visiting the Elizabethan splendours of Knole, the Tudor delights of Hever, the mediaeval manors of Penshurst and Ightham Mote, and the famous home of Winston Churchill at Chartwell. ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’ is nearby at Leeds, while the ancient fortifications at Tonbridge still stand guard over its Medway town. The cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester have a centuries old tradition as centres of worship and pilgrimage.
This is Kent – a rich tapestry of history and landscape.
Links to Kent places of Interest . . .
For more information about the area and ideas for things to do, please see Visit Kent.