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Maidstone, the county town of Kent, is sited on the Medway river, and is a modern busy town with all the usual shops, cinemas and entertainments.

The agriculture centre of the county, with lots of places to visit and visitor attractions to see out and about in the surrounding countryside.

Tourist Attractions in Maidstone to Visit

Castles

Castles

Allington Castle Built in the 11th century, but converted to a mansion in the 15th century. The castle is not open to the public.

Leeds Castle One of, if not THE best, castle, on islands in the lake. Acres of parkland, 9th century origins and Henry VIII developed it, gardens, lots of special events including concerts, attractions, maze, shop.

Gardens

Gardens

Stoneacre Gardens Cottage-style garden at Stoneacre around a 15th century timbered manor house.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Boughton Monchelsea Elizabethan manor house, deer park, garden.

Stoneacre National Trust, 15th century timbered manor house, garden.

Archbishops Palace overlooking the Medway, mainly Elizabethan it was formally used by the Archbishops of Canterbury. Now the Kent Register Office.

Wool House A229 from the town to Wool House, a National Trust property. Pretty village with timber- framed houses.

Aylesford Priory at Aylesford near Junction 5 M20, a restored 13th century, Carmelite monks live here and they also hold retreats. Chapels, Book and Gift Shop, Tearooms and Pottery.

Museums

Museums

Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery in the Elizabethan Chillington Manor, furnished rooms, local exhibits, art exhibitions, shop.

Tyrwhitt Drake Museum of Carriages in the 14th century Archbishops Palace stables, shop. A unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

Museum Of Kent Life Off A249, set in 28 acres a museum of Kent farming history. Complete with animals, indoor and outdoor play areas. Shop.

Outdoors

Out & About

Marsden A nice village, take the A229 south then B2079 to see the villages 2th century based church and 14th century buildings.

West Malling A20 then A228, for its timbered houses, abbey and church.

Days Out around Maidstone.

Two nearby historic towns to viist are Chatham and Rochester, a contrast to the Kent countryside attractions.

Towns Near Maidstone To Visit - straight line distance:

Chatham (7.38 miles) Rochester (7.75 miles) Cobham (9.71 miles) Biddenden (12.18 miles)
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How to get to Maidstone

Maidstone Tourist Information Centre

  • Town Hall
    Middle Row, High Street
    Maidstone
    Tel: 01622 602169
Hotels
Village Urban Resort Maidstone
Castle View, Forstal Rd, Sandling Maidstone ME14 3AQ

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Chilston Park Country House Hotel
Sandway Maidstone ME17 2BE

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Hilton Maidstone
Bearsted Road, Weavering Maidstone ME145AA

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Detling Coach House
Scragged Oak Road, Detling Maidstone ME14 3HB

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The Dog & Bear Hotel
The Square Maidstone ME17 2PG

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Headcorn Road, Grafty Green, Maidstone ME17 2AR

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Holiday Cottages
Shepherd Farmhouse
Lenham Heath near Maidstone ME17 2JN
Sleeps 7
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Shepherd
Lenham Heath near Maidstone ME17 2JN
Sleeps 4
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Bolton Barn
Lenham Heath near Maidstone ME17 2JN
Sleeps 2
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Maidstone Weather
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