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.
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.
Stoneacre Gardens Cottage-style garden at Stoneacre around a 15th century timbered manor house.
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.
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.
Towns Near Maidstone To Visit - straight line distance:Chatham (7.38 miles) Rochester (7.75 miles) Cobham (9.71 miles) Biddenden (12.18 miles)