Art Holiday Travel and Vacation information for Kent

Kent, an important maritime county in SE. of England, bounded N. by the Thames and the North Sea, E. and SE. by the Strait of Dover, S. by the English Channel, SW. by Sussex, and W. by Surrey; greatest length, W. to E., 65 miles; greatest breadth, N. to S., 35 miles; 995,392 acres, population 977,706. The surface of the county is hilly, being traversed E. and W. by the North Downs, a chalk range from 3 to 6 miles in breadth. On the N., along the shores of the Thames and Medway, there is a belt of marsh land, which extends over a mile inland. The greater portion of the seaboard is washed by tidal water. Besides the Thames and Medway, the chief rivers are the Stour and the Darent. The soil is varied and highly cultivated, more especially in the valley of the Medway. All classes of cereals and root produce are abundant, as is also fruit of choice quality, and more hops are grown in Kent than in all the rest of England. The woods are extensive. The chief manufacture of the county is paper, most of the mills being on the banks of the Medway, Cray, and Darent. The Government works and dockyards at Woolwich, Chatham, Sheerness, &c., employ an immense number of the inhabitants. Fishing is extensively prosecuted along the coast and in the estuaries of the rivers Thames and Medway, of which the oyster beds are especially famous. Historically Kent has greater associations than any other county in England. The county contains 5 lathes, 73 hundreds, 435 parishes, and parts of 6 others, the Cinque Port Liberties of Dover, Hythe, and New Romney, the parliamentary and municipal boroughs of Canterbury, Dover, Gravesend, Hythe, Maidstone, and Rochester (1 member each), the parliamentary boroughs of Chatham, Deptford (part of), Greenwich, Lewisham, and Woolwich (1 member each), and the municipal borough of Deal, Faversham, Folkestone, Margate, Sandwich, and Tenterden. It is almost entirely in the diocese of Canterbury and Rochester. For parliamentary purposes the county is divided into 8 divisions -viz., Western or Sevenoaks, North-Western or Dartford, South-Western or Tunbridge, Mid or Medway, North-Eastern or Faversham, Eastern or St Augustine's, Southern or Ashford, and Isle of Thanet, 1 member for each division; the representation of the county was increased from 6 to 8 members in 1885.
© Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887.

Masses to do and see for all ages, attractive quite intricate countryside; good seaside resorts - old-fashioned without being jaded Canterbury has many fine buildings besides the cathedral itself, including two interesting heritage centres, and well shown Roman remains. Dover is also an excellent place for a day out, and more immediately appealing to most children; its castle is splendid, and the White Cliffs Experience is very well done indeed - a great family favourite.

The zoos at Lympne and Bekesbourne are also outstanding family attractions, and there's lots more in the county to entertain children, including the new wildlife park at Blean. Many (boys, particularly) will love the historic Chatham dockyard, which also has a strong adult appeal. There are several enjoyable steam railways - the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch delightfully quaint.Many excellent gardens are headed by grand Groombridge and Hever, romantic Sissinghurst and (nr Lamberhurst) Scotney Castle, with the new gardens at Hadlow, the comprehensive Brogdale fruit tree collection nr Faversham, and the unusual organic gardens at Yalding all fascinating in their way. Even the most avid appetite for stately homes won't be sated by the remarkable choice here, led by Leeds Castle, Knole nr Sevenoaks, Penshurst Place, Squerryes Court and Chartwell nr Westerham, Ightham Mote and Hever Castle. Among less conventional places, the extraordinary collections at Birchington, the Finchcocks collection of keyboard instruments at Goudhurst, the Hop Farm at Beltring, the bird park at Wingham, the ruined houses and new birds of prey centre at Eynsford, and the rare breeds centre at Woodchurch all stand out - and most have plenty to entertain children.The NE coast has some pleasant resorts dating from pre-railway Victorian days, when well-to-do Londoners came by boat. When the early coastbound railways took people further afield, these forerunners - most notably Broadstairs - settled into a tranquillity that at least to a degree they've kept till today.Inland, the Weald (roughly W of the M20) has peaceful and intimate landscapes of little hills and valleys, small pasture fields and oak woods, and villages with attractive tile-hung and weatherboarded houses, early medieval stone-built churches, and a good smattering of antique shops, teashops and so forth - pleasant territory for pottering about by car. The North Downs between M20 and M2, also N of the M25/M26, are more open; the best parts are above Wye. The flatlands of Romney Marsh have a certain bypassed-by-time appeal. Incidentally, much of E Kent's orchard country tends to be lined by very high hedges that make country drives less interesting.

The Nevill Gallery
Established in 1969, the Nevill Gallery recently completed 10,000 days in business. Dedicated to bringing the best in British and European contemporary works of art to Canterbury, the Gallery extends its pictures six days a week. Additionally, the gallery have several shows a year when they devote the whole of the downstairs to one artist.

43 St. Peter's Street
Kent England
- The Nevill Gallery

Cathedral Gate Hotel

36 Burgate
Kent England

Ersham Lodge Hotel

12 New Dover Road
Kent England

East Horndon Hotel
Ideally positioned (300 metres) for the Mosaic and Icon Painting workshops in Harbour Street. Spacious rooms, modern facilities, fabulous views.
Situated in an unrivalled seafront position overlooking a sandy bay and the Channel. A character property with large well-appointed rooms. Five minutes pleasant stroll from town shops and restaurants, amenities and harbour. Bleak house (home to Charles Dickens) 300metres. No parking restrictions. The hotel has a no-smoking policy.

4 Eastern Esplanade
Kent England
Broadstairs Accommodation Accommodation - Broadstairs Martin Cheek Mosaic workshops and classes Icon Painting workshops and classes - East Horndon Hotel

The Chaucer Hotel
Originally, The Chaucer was a private Georgian House standing opposite Canterbury’s ancient city walls. This traditional hotel stands opposite the ancient city walls - close to all Canterbury's sights and is an ideal base for touring the Garden of England. Canterbury is deeply woven into the fabric of English history and even before medieval times had always attracted religious visitors.

63 Ivy Lane
Kent England
- The Chaucer Hotel

The Bridgewood Manor Hotel
Bridgewood Manor is a modern hotel with a classic Gothic flavour reflected in its interior design and offering 100 beautiful bedrooms and suites. All bedrooms have private bathroom and are equipped with colour television with satellite channels, radio, direct dial telephone, hospitality tray and hairdryer. In the centre of the hotel you will find a classical courtyard, an idyllic place to sit on a sunny afternoon and enjoy a glass of chilled wine.

Bridgewood Roundabout Walderslade Woods
Kent England
- The Bridgewood Manor Hotel

The Devonhurst Hotel
A warm welcome awaits you at our family run hotel open all year. We are situated on the Eastern Esplanade overlooking a sandy bay and the English Channel. Yet close to the town centre and quaint harbour ideal for the beach and cliff top walks. The hotel is run by Margaret and David who endeavour to create a friendly and homely atmosphere. A place where people matter.

Eastern Esplanade
Kent England
- The Devonhurst Hotel

Ashford International Hotel
Welcome to the Ashford International Hotel - the hotel you have been waiting for. Located in the town of Ashford, Kent, just 5 minutes from the Eurostar to Paris and Brussels. The Ashford International Hotel is just off Junction 9 of the M20. The hotel contains 200 en suite rooms, as well as two bars and two restaurants. For business users we have a variety of conference meeting rooms as well as a business centre with the latest technological support available.

Simone Weil Avenue
Kent England
- Ashford International Hotel

Holiday Inn Ashford

Maidstone Road
Kent England