10 Things to See and Do in Kent County, England

10 Things to See and Do in Kent County, England

Kent is a home county bordering Greater London to the northwest, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the southwest. It has been home to Canterbury Cathedral since the 6th century. It is known as “The Garden of England” due to its abundant fruit and hop gardens. Kent has something to offer everyone whether a romantic getaway is on your mind or a fun family outing. With its age old heritage sites, modern art galleries, luxurious spas and great hiking trails, Kent is the perfect holiday destination. With its close proximity to London, you will never have a boring moment while visiting this picturesque English county.

10. Tonbridge Swimming Pool

The Tonbridge Swimming Pool is not just your average swimming pool. It offers an indoor swimming pool joined to an outdoor swimming pool by a swim-through channel. The original outdoor pool, built in 1910, is a four lane, 20 metre heated pool with a man-made beach and sunbathing terrace. You will also enjoy a wonderful cafe and the “Lifestyles Health Suite” which features a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, aromatherapy room, sunbeds and a rest lounge. The 25 metre indoor fitness pool is designed to accommodate all your family’s fitness needs while providing a clean and safe environment. They offer many fitness programs such as aqua aerobics and swim fit. They even offer fun sessions for parents and toddlers to develop water confidence. What more could you ask for in a family outing destination?

9. St. Augustine’s Abbey

Founded shortly after 597 AD, St. Augustine’s Abbey was a benedictine monastery until its dissolution in 1538 marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England. Until 1848, it was dismantled and since then the site has been used for education and the ruins of the abbey have been preserved for their historical value. It was originally created as a burial place for Anglo-Saxon kings and is now part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site along with the cathedral and St. Martin’s Church. Also located at the abbey is a museum and you can experience a free audio tour. The museum showcases artifacts and stone carvings originally found at the abbey during excavations. The artifacts range from skeletal remains to costumes worn by actors playing the king and queen in celebration of St. Augustine’s arrival.

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