Reasons to visit Kent
With its rural charm, historic sites, shingle beaches and rich farmland, Kent has all the ingredients for a traditional English summer holiday.
History is apparent all over Kent, from the Roman ruins at Lullingstone and Reculver to coastal fortresses and inland country houses. Dover Castle is particularly interesting, with its array of exhibitions that cover centuries of history. You can explore the Great Tower, Henry II’s medieval palace, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the country and the secret wartime tunnels, where Operation Dynamo was conceived. With interactive exhibits, games and costumed characters to bring its history to life, the castle is great fun for the whole family.
If you’re interested in history, your stay on a Kent campsite wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Canterbury. Famous for its cathedral, which has drawn pilgrims since Chaucer’s day, its beautiful cobbled streets are dotted with half-timbered buildings, museums and welcoming cafés. A river tour is a great place to start – hop on a row boat and learn about the city’s history as you pass some of its highlights, including the cathedral, Marlowe Theatre and the Greyfriars.
A visit to Canterbury Cathedral is a must; it’s stood watch over the city since the 11th century and mixes Normal, Romanesque and Gothic styles. Inside it’s truly breath-taking with its vaulted ceiling, exquisite stained glass windows and comparatively understated shrine to Thomas Becket.
You won’t be short of places to ramble when you visit one of our campsites in Kent. If you like a bit of a challenge, the North Downs Way, which runs through the Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will reward your efforts with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Much of the trail follows the ancient Pilgrim’s Way and leads over chalk grasslands and through rich woodland, passing stately homes and even prehistoric sites along the way.
If it’s a coastal walk you’re after, pick up the Saxon Shore Way, which runs from the port of Gravesend where Pocahontas was famously buried, to the seaside town of Hastings. Choose the southern stretch to ramble over the White Cliffs and through seaside towns like Folkstone, or the northern section to explore the charming resorts of Whitstable and Herne Bay.
Fruit and vines
Kent earned its title, ‘the Garden of England’, from its farming heritage and success in crop production. From apple and plum orchards to hop farms and vineyards, the region’s estates have been supplying the UK with food and drink for centuries. So what better way to celebrate the county than by enjoying this produce?
If you’re camping in Kent during the summer months, don’t miss the chance to visit some of the pick-your-own fruit farms. From mid-June, strawberries, raspberries and cherries are available to pick, while late-summer and early-autumn visitors can pick plums, apples and pears. This is a great way to keep active kids occupied for an hour or two – simply hand them a punnet and let them scamper about the fields picking the tastiest looking fruit. Locations such as Stonepitts Farm also put on live music so you can make the most of your visit.
Kent is rapidly becoming a rival to France when it comes to wine production. With its chalky soils and temperate climate, it’s a perfect place to grow grapes. Vineyards such as Chapel Down and Biddenden Vineyards are enjoying great success and a tour and tasting is the ideal way to see why. You can simply drop in for a wander round or book a guided tour followed by a tasting, where you’ll learn all about the growing and production processes, the grape varieties and the wines themselves. Cheers!
Why choose Experience Freedom?
Our Experience Freedom programme offers some of the best campsites in Kent for discovering the history, scenery and cuisine of this beautiful county. You’ll be in a friendly, peaceful environment and within easy reach of beaches, ports and attractions. Select a campsite to discover more or to book a stay.