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Kent and the coast

Seeking recommendations for places to stay and visit in Kent and along the coast the end of May.

Posted by
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To assure that all our England experts will see your inquiry, please repost it in the regular England forum, which is here. You have posted in the review section, where people tell us about the good and bad places they've discovered. This section isn't as heavily visited.

Posted by
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What are you interested in?

Castles - Hever, Leeds, Chiddingstone, Dover, Scotney, Walmer? Bodiam, Lewes and Arundel in Sussex.

Gardens - Sissinghurst, Groombridge, Godington House, Emmetts in Sevenoaks or Great Dixter?

There are many National Trust properties in the area.

Rye (East Sussex not Kent) is attractive.

Dungeness is quirky and has a steam railway.

Hythe is a pleasant town with a wildlife park and a Napoleonic canal with an interesting history.

Kent Battle of Britain Museum near Folkestone is fascinating if interested in WW2.

Dover town is a dump, but the castle and the National Trust properties there are worth a visit.

Margate has the Turner Contemporary for modern art, but I am not a fan of the town.

Whitstable is known for its oysters and art galleries.

Chatham’s Historic Dockyard is a great day out, but Chatham itself has little to recommend it. Nearby Rochester Cathedral is worth a visit if in the area.

Inland - Canterbury for its cathedral and Faversham for its brewery tours maybe of interest.

VisitKent.co.uk may give you some ideas.

Posted by
113 posts

Thank you Jennifer, very helpful.
I will be coming off a 9 day bus tour of 24 tourists visiting / seeing from bus window TV series sites of Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, and Poldark.
I may stay an additional 4 days and have personal reasons to visit Kent and specifically Margate.
I'll probably take the train from and to London.