09.07.2016 - General
The UK is fortunate to have such a varied array of historical interest. Whether it is Royal history, religious history or local history, Kent has all three in abundance. For those history buffs wanting to discover something new then here are some ideas for your Historic Days Out.
King of the Castles
Kent has two castles which are worthy of full days; Dover Castle and Leeds Castle. Walmer and Deal Castle are both within short drives from Dover and can be easily explored in a day.
Depending on the time you have, the following castles are worth exploring, but they are a bit of a drive: Hever Castle (one time home of Anne Boleyn), Rochester Castle (with a very tall keep), Tonbridge castle (a Motte and Bailey castle), and Upnor Castle (a turreted castle in a village near Chatham built to defend the Medway).
A Day at a Historic House
The Garden of England is also home to a number of historic houses within easy reach; Quex House and the Powell Cotton museum is on the doorstep of Quex Holiday Park and Godinton House in Ashford is only a short drive from Little Satmar in Folkestone.
A World Heritage Site
Perhaps the most famous historic day out in Kent is to Canterbury, easily accessible from all our holiday parks. With the World Heritage Cathedral at its centre Canterbury is also home to St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s church; the oldest active church in the English speaking world.
Whilst in Canterbury it is well worth taking a moment to relax on the river and listen to one of the historic river tours. You can also pop into the nearby Eastbridge Hospital and Franciscan Priory, and if you have time available, the Canterbury Tales is an enjoyable experience.
History on the Water…
Not too far from our holiday parks is The Historic Dockyard at Chatham and well worth a visit. With a history spanning 400 years it has been at the centre of British maritime history; including being the dockyard used to build Horatio Nelson’s Victory.
… In the Air
Kent has a strong history with aviation from Bleriot’s flight across the English Channel landing in Dover to the Battle of Britain being fought over the Kent coast. As such the Spitfire and Hurricane museum at Manston and the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge will appeal to those with an interest in this subject.
…and On the Rails
Not so much historical significance but certainly full of local history the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a great trip out for the family. As is the Kent and East Sussex steam railway from Tenterden. More about these can be found in our blog Days Out with the Kids as there are special family events.
This is just a taster of what Kent has to offer for historic days out and it is already apparent that you will need to come back time-and-time again to enjoy it all. Another reason why a holiday home at a Keat Farm Park is a worthy investment; there is always something to do.