Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Canterbury

Canterbury Cathedral

A rich repository of more than 1400 years of Christian history, the Church of England’s mother ship is a truly extraordinary place with an absorbing history. This Gothic cathedral, the highlight of the city’s World …
Top Choice Castle in Dover

Dover Castle

Occupying top spot, literally and figuratively, in Dover’s townscape, this most impressive of castles was built to bolster the country’s weakest point at the shortest sea crossing to mainland Europe. The highlights …
Top Choice Gallery in Margate

Turner Contemporary

This blockbuster contemporary art gallery, bolted together on the site of the seafront guesthouse where master painter JMW Turner used to stay, is one of East Kent’s top attractions. Within the strikingly featureles…
Castle in Kent

Leeds Castle

This immense moated pile just east of Maidstone is, for many, the world’s most romantic castle, and it's certainly one of the most visited in Britain. The formidable, hefty structure balancing on two islands is know…
Historic Site in Dover

Secret Wartime Tunnels

The biggest draw at Dover Castle is the network of secret wartime tunnels. The claustrophobic chalk-hewn passageways were first excavated during the Napoleonic Wars and then expanded to house a command post and hosp…
Gardens in Sandwich

Salutation Gardens

Just along from Fishergate, this set of exquisite gardens was laid out behind a 1912 mansion by leading early-20th-century garden designers Jekyll and Lutyens. In the mid-noughties the exquisite site was brought bac…
Grotto in Margate

Shell Grotto

Margate’s unique attraction is a mysterious subterranean grotto, discovered in 1835. It’s a claustrophobic collection of rooms and passageways embedded with 4.6 million shells arranged in symbol-rich mosaics. It has…
Museum in Canterbury

Canterbury Heritage Museum

This fine 14th-century building, once the Poor Priests' Hospital, now houses the city's captivating museum. It contains a jumble of exhibits ranging from pre-Roman times to the assassination of Thomas Becket, and fr…
Museum in Canterbury

Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

This mock-Tudor edifice is the grandest on the main shopping thoroughfare, if not the most authentic. Formerly called the Royal Museum & Art Gallery, it has housed Canterbury’s main library, a museum and an art …
Museum in Ramsgate

Spitfire Memorial Museum

Around 4 miles northwest of Ramsgate’s town centre at Manston Airport, this purpose-built museum stores two WWII planes: one a Spitfire, the other a Hurricane. Both look factory-fresh but are surprisingly delicate a…