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Destination guide

Experience south-east England with Kent holiday lets

Kent, just a stone's throw from London, captivates visitors with top-tier World Heritage Sites, Victorian seaside resorts and one of England's most enchanting cathedral cities. Head to the coast and you'll find Blue Flag beaches, soaring cliffs, and a string of charismatic towns and villages. This corner of England also serves up an enticing food scene, with everything from historic pubs in Canterbury to fine-dining restaurants in Whitstable. Wherever you stay, Kent holiday lets unlock access to boutique properties across the county.

History

Discover historic Canterbury with Kent holiday lets

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the world's most beautiful Christian icons and has watched over the city for more than 1,400 years. Inside the immense Gothic cathedral is a soaring nave, lit by flickering candles. Don't leave without descending into the crypt, a cavernous space held up by intricately carved pillars. Canterbury is incredibly atmospheric, so why not stay local with charming apartments and houses just steps from King's Mile? Just east of Maidstone, Leeds Castle enchants visitors with lofty turrets, rose-filled gardens and a romantic lakeside setting. As well as cradling almost 9 centuries of history, the Norman stronghold features a hedge maze, falconry displays and open-air Shakespeare recitals.

Things to do

Top activities near your Kent holiday rental

The White Cliffs of Dover, rising over 350 feet, have been immortalised by the likes of Shakespeare and Vera Lynn. The Langdon Cliffs trail is one of the most scenic stretches, winding through emerald-green fields and commanding sweeping views of the English Channel. Make the most of the views with oceanfront holiday cottages perched on the clifftops. Art aficionados shouldn't miss Turner Contemporary, an East Kent gallery showcasing exhibitions and installations inside a sleek modern facade.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Kent

Do you want to find things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Kent a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Southend Pier (21.5 mi / 34.6 km)
  • Royal St George's Golf Club (28 mi / 45 km)
  • Dreamland (29.9 mi / 48.1 km)
  • Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Ashford Golf Club (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Faversham Golf Club (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Kent

If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 21°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Kent

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Kent. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • White Horse Wood Country Park (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Brogdale Collections (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Vinters Valley Nature Reserve (9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Mote Park (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Oare Gunpowder Works County Park (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Brenchley Gardens (10 mi / 16.1 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Kent

Fly into London (SEN-Southend), the closest airport, located 23.9 mi (38.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Manston (MSE-Kent Intl.), which is 28.2 mi (45.3 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Maidstone Lenham Station, Ashford Charing Station and Maidstone Harrietsham Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

Getting around Kent from your holiday cottage

The cobblestone streets of Canterbury are best explored on foot, as are many of Kent's beach towns and resorts. A pair of high-speed train lines connect Kent to London in less than 1 hour, with coaches also running throughout the county. Ferries from Calais and Dunkirk cross the English Channel and dock at Dover. Having a car is an appealing option if you want to explore the county at your own pace. A set of wheels will also allow to you take advantage of secluded holiday cottages set in the Kent countryside.

Food & drink 

Enjoy farm-fresh cuisine in Kent

Kent has earned its "Garden of England" nickname. It's surrounded by lush farmland, orchards and vineyards. Beer aficionados love sampling local ales brewed with homegrown East Kent Golding, a quintessential English hop known for its subtle notes of citrus, honey, spice and thyme. Sip your way through Kent's local pubs and microbreweries, or stock up on your favourites and enjoy daily tasting sessions in the garden of your holiday cottage.

Essential info

Key facts for your Kent holiday rentals stay

  • Pack plenty of layers as Kent can be chilly, even in the middle of summer
  • Travelling on a budget? Check visitkentoffers.co.uk for 2FOR1 offers on top Kent attractions
  • Enjoy a local experience with Kent holiday rentals, which offer a chance to stay in unique properties across the county
  • Dedicate a few days to exploring Kent's charismatic beach towns, including hip Margate, artistic Folkestone and food-centric Whitstable
  • Tipping isn't expected, but if you receive excellent service, 10% is a good gesture

How many holiday rentals are available around Kent?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,837 holiday lettings around Kent. From 946 cabins to 946 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kent?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kent. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Whitstable: 422 holiday homes
  • Deal: 775 holiday homes
  • Canterbury: 1,212 holiday homes
  • Broadstairs: 484 holiday homes
  • Dover: 750 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Kent! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kent?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Kent with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Whitstable: 422 holiday lettings
  • Deal: 775 holiday lettings
  • Canterbury: 1,212 holiday lettings
  • Broadstairs: 484 holiday lettings
  • Dover: 750 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Kent?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Kent are:

  • Manston Airport (MSE): 1,006 self catering accommodations
  • Lydd Airport (LYX): 1,062 self catering accommodations
  • Gatwick Airport (LGW): 666 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Kent?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Kent. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dover: 750 holiday rentals
  • Botany Bay: 912 holiday rentals
  • Godinton House and Gardens: 1,437 holiday rentals
  • Whitstable Beach: 1,086 holiday rentals
  • Whitstable Chestfield and Swalecliffe Station: 1,098 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kent listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Kent

Whitstable
422 holiday rentals
Deal
775 holiday rentals
Canterbury
1,212 holiday rentals
Broadstairs
484 holiday rentals
Dover
750 holiday rentals
Cranbrook
1,000 holiday rentals
Tenterden
827 holiday rentals
Maidstone
474 holiday rentals
Ramsgate
751 holiday rentals
New Romney
464 holiday rentals
Tonbridge
499 holiday rentals
Hythe
359 holiday rentals
Folkestone
517 holiday rentals
Sandwich
800 holiday rentals
Margate
484 holiday rentals
Faversham
591 holiday rentals
Sheerness
448 holiday rentals
Tunbridge Wells
422 holiday rentals
Westgate-on-Sea
379 holiday rentals
Sittingbourne
395 holiday rentals