Travelling around Maidstone
Are you thinking about visiting Maidstone? Perhaps you already live in this great town but need to get around without the hassle of parking or the expense of petrol? At Arriva we know travel and we know Maidstone, so take a few moments and read through our carefully created guide to attractions and travelling in this great town.
Kent’s county town lies at the heart of the Garden of England. Here, orchards and hop gardens surround romantic villages and must-see heritage sites.
The busy county town itself – the site of a famous battle from the English Civil War – stretches across one of England’s great rivers, the Medway. To the north is the Pilgrims’ Way, an ancient route from London to Canterbury. To the south is the gentle rolling landscape of the Kent Weald, with its oast houses, orchards and vines.
And of course Leeds Castle, – just east of the town centre and known as “the loveliest castle in the world”, it was home to six medieval queens and then transformed into a fairy-tale Tudor palace.
There’s family fun to be had at Kent Life’s beautiful 28-acre grounds. Tucked away on the outskirts of Maidstone, it’s home to Britain’s last working coal-fired Oast House and a range of period-dressed historic buildings. Add to that a real working farm, complete with a multitude of cute four-legged friends, and it’s no wonder it’s a firm family favourite.
Don’t forget to visit the Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, with its fascinating wealth of exhibits including Maidstone’s very own dinosaur, along with a 2,500-year-old Egyptian Mummy!
This area is the natural place to stay when visiting the county – half way between the channel ports and London. It’s a great base for exploring whether along the Medway on a river cruise, hiring a boat or canoe, or walking and cycling beside the river.
It’s Kent’s capital for big events too – with tens of thousands at a time coming here for the South East’s biggest pop concerts, classical extravaganzas, and business shows.
Discover more at www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations
Image courtesy of Visit Kent