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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 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…
Top Choice Palace in Brighton & Hove

Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is the city’s must-see attraction. The glittering party pad and palace of Prince George, later Prince Regent and then King George IV, it’s one of the most opulent buildings in England, and certain…
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…
Top Choice House in Kent

Down House

Charles Darwin's home from 1842 until his death in 1882, Down House witnessed the development of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. The house and gardens have been restored to look much as they would…
Top Choice House in Kent

Chartwell

The home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965, Chartwell 6 miles west of Sevenoaks, offers a breathtakingly intimate insight into the life of England's famous cigar-chomping bombast. This 19th-…
Top Choice Pub Food in Ramsgate

Royal Victoria Pavilion

The old pavilion has sat on Ramsgate seafront like an upturned boat since 1904, its grand architecture, based on the Little Theatre at Versailles, a vacant symbol of the British seaside's bygone glory days. However,…
Top Choice British in Whitstable

Sportsman Pub

The anonymous and oddly named village of Seasalter, 4 miles east of Whitstable, would hardly receive a trickle of visitors were it not for the deceivingly ramshackle Sportsman Pub, East Kent’s only eatery adorned wi…
Top Choice Public Art in Dover

Banksy Brexit Mural

Despite voting leave, the poor port town of Dover is possibly the Southeast community set to suffer most post-Brexit. It was perhaps for that reason that Banksy chose a highly visible gable end to create his Brexit …