By this point, I might as well dedicate my blog entirely to Kent guides. This is my third things to do in Kent post this summer, but all for good reason! If you’re planning a trip, you can check out my first list of Beautiful Places to Visit in Kent (including Canterbury, which was recommended by everyone I asked), as well as our gorgeous and eco friendly Canopy and Stars accommodation. Together with the following list, you’ll find more than enough to see.
Chiddingstone Village & Castle
Before heading to our accommodation, we visited Chiddingstone village and Castle. Our visit was pretty clunky. We were hoping to join the open gardens tour, only to discover that we were cashless and the cashpoint has yet to make it to Chiddingstone. The village was very pretty and quaint, though difficult to photograph on the day we visited due to the open gardens traffic. We also headed to Chiddingstone Castle for a leisurely stroll around the gardens. If you plan your visit better than we did (which wouldn’t be hard), Chiddingstone should be on your Kent to do list.
There’s something calming about gardens in the summer. They are one of the few places where my head feels quiet. Sissinghurst is a beautiful example, and June was a great time to visit for the abundance of roses. Honestly, it’s like walking around in a cloud of perfume. I absolutely adored it, though Aaron struggles with hay fever, so spent most of the time in the corner rubbing his eyes. Poor boy.
A number of folks recommended visiting Tenterden and the surrounding villages whilst in Kent. Tenterden itself was a little busy for my liking, though it was the weekend and there was a fair on at the time, so perhaps it’s quieter in the week. We drove through a village called Appledore on route, which was especially cutesy and I regret not stopping to take photos.
Dungeness alienated me. I don’t think there is another word for it. Perhaps it was something to do with the sat nav directing us into the middle of a nuclear power station before finding the destination. I was also a little bit hangry and tired of driving, so maybe my emotions were amplified. Either way, I’ve never seen anything like it.
Dungeness has been referred to as ‘Britain’s only desert’. I’d say you need to visit to understand, but I would by lying if I said I understood. It’s different.
Aaron, on the other hand, was in his element. He stocked up on minimalist and artsy photographs whilst I wondered around feeling bewildered. My one photo does not do it justice.
White Cliffs of Dover
We didn’t stop for longer than an hour at the White Cliffs of Dover, and because we paused to take photographs every five seconds, we covered a lot less distance than most people. Had we had more time, I would have like to visit the shipwrecks, the 1940s tunnel and the Victorian lighthouse, though we had a pleasant walk nonetheless.
I have saved the best ’til last. We visited Botany Bay on a Tuesday (outside of school holidays). It also happened to be one of the warmest days of the year. I’m not sure if the bay is usually busy, but on this occasion we had SO much glorious white sand and clear blue sea to ourselves. It was the perfect ending to our holiday. I didn’t even mind that I had to drive for four hours to get home because I was dreaming of how much I loved that beach.
I hope you enjoyed this list of things to do in Kent. Don’t forget to check out my other places to visit in Kent post.