Kent is a county in South East England, and one of the home counties. Maidstone is its county town and historically Rochester and Canterbury have been accorded city status, though only the latter still holds it.
Because of its abundance of orchards and hop gardens, Kent is traditionally known as "The Garden of England" a name often applied when marketing the county or its produce.
The major geographical features of the county are determined by a series of ridges running from west to east across the county. The wide range of habitats in the area gives the county a rich variety of Kent's plant and animal species. These habitats are the consequence of a combination of several different factors including climate, geology, relief and land use.
Things to do
Discover the captivating essence of the Garden of England wending along lanes past lavender fields, orchards, vineyards and oast houses.
Kent is full of distinctive, contrasting attractions, from the romantic castles and historic houses in the Heart of Kent, to the imposing castles built as coastal defences, from secret gardens and stately sweeps to maritime adventures aboard warships and lamplit tours of ancient caves.
The North Downs Way, Kent's premier walking route, runs through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with magnificent views, and largely follows the historic Pilgrims Way.
The Greensand Way, passes through much ancient and semi-mature woodland, and has had a significant number of magnificent houses, gardens and parks built along the Greensand ridge.