Known as the ‘Garden of England’, Kent is the perfect choice for romantic weekend breaks. Conveniently located in the South East of England, it's within easy reach for most of us in the UK, yet boasts miles of dramatic coastline, beautiful, open countryside, and some of England's oldest cities. Historically, Kent's shores have played host to dozens of world-famous figures, with Julius Caesar, William the Conqueror and Napoleon all choosing to land here.
Today, the region's historical importance is no less evident, with a vast array of castles, cathedrals and stately homes characterising the spectacular landscape. From Canterbury Cathedral to the world-famous white cliffs of Dover, Kent is in many ways an idyllic destination for romantic breaks away. But where to stay during your short break?
Well, here at HomeAway, we have hundreds of beautiful cottages and apartments in Kent, spanning each and every corner of the region. Fancy a seaside property overlooking Joss Bay, a historic townhouse in Tunbridge Wells, or a cottage on the borders of a beautiful Nature Reserve? Whatever you desire on romantic weekend breaks in Kent, we can provide the accommodation to suit.
From its famed cathedral to its literary heritage, Canterbury is a prime destination for lovers of history. It brings in hundreds of visitors every year, to marvel at its beautiful architecture and learn about its tumultuous past. Canterbury Cathedral is, needless to say, at the top of most people's 'must-see' lists: not only is it the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, but also the burial ground of Henry IV, and the site of Thomas Becket's grisly murder in 1170. Make sure to visit the city's well-preserved Norman castle, before perusing Medieval Misadventures, a museum dedicated to Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'.
With evidence of habitation here dating back to Roman occupation, Dover is as ancient as it is beautiful. Its stunning castle is topped with one of the oldest buildings in the UK, a Roman lighthouse, from which you can see the French port of Calais - just 21 miles away - on a clear day! Of course, it's the famed white chalk cliffs of Dover which draw the majority of tourists: having been the first and last thing to greet travellers for centuries, they are a truly spectacular sight. Walk along the North Downs Way if it's scenery that takes your fancy - the sea breeze will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time.
Tunbridge Wells has been a popular destination for centuries, with tourists flocking here in their masses to bathe in the town's natural mineral springs. Rich in iron salts and said to have restorative properties, the springs had turned Tunbridge Wells in a thriving spa resort by the 17th century. The Pantiles is the oldest part of the town, and well worth visiting on a sunny afternoon: simply sit outside a quaint, street-side cafe, and enjoy the peaceful, and quintessentially English atmosphere. If you want to get out and about however, take a romantic ride on the restored steam train, the Spa Valley Railway.
Lying alongside the River Medway, Maidstone is a great choice if you want to explore the great outdoors. As well as hosting the famed Kent Flower Show during July, one of the largest agricultural festivals in the country, it's just a short distance from Hop Farm Country Park, originally a working hops farm, and the marvellous gardens of Leeds Castle, described as some of the loveliest in the world. In the town itself, you can simply stroll along the river, admiring the pretty canal boats, or peruse wonderful museums and art galleries, including the Museum of Kent Life and Tyrwhitt Drake Collection.