Summer in Kent

This summer forget your passport and book yourself a spectacular staycation in Kent, the Garden of England. The perfect base for a short or long break with friends or family, Kent offers everything you could possibly want from a great summer holiday (without the airport security stress), from culture-filled escapes to get-away-from-it-all rural retreats.

Thanks to Southeastern's high speed rail links, we are just a train journey from London - but our golden sands, glistening vineyards and glorious architecture feel like another world. Which may be why so many Londoners are choosing to holiday here these days...

Don't believe us? Read on to discover just what’s waiting to be explored this summer in Kent…

You will like to be beside this seaside... 
Looking for sand, sea and sunshine, and sunsets to die for? Head straight to the shores of Viking Bay, Broadstairs, for your day(s) at the beach this year. Bring the family for fun on the water, and enjoy a programme of funky festivals all season

It’s worth a punt...
Head to hip yet historic Canterbury for your dose of city culture. Wander the cobbled streets, dance in boho bars, wonder at the Canterbury Cathedral, and laze on the stunning River Stour

Send your kids to the tower... 
Uncover ancient stories, take in breath-taking sea views, and let the little ones run wild and free with an epic trip back in time at Dover Castle. This historic site begs to be explored, and is a treat for all ages

Our Tudor isn’t mock...
We don’t need a BBC film crew to spruce up our scenery; a glimpse of Anne Boleyn’s idyllic childhood home Hever Castle on a misty morning is enough to make you lose your head. You can even book an overnight stay here (swoon!)

Africa. On your doorstep.
There's no need to go to the ends of the earth to explore your wild side. Howletts Wild Animal Park offers an adventure like no other, as it is home to more than 400 animals, including gorillas, tigers monkeys, and the UK's largest herd of African elephants. These wild things will make your heart sing.

You've no reason not to book your next break to the Garden of England - so why not escape to the country and bed down in a gorgeous self-catering pad with Kent & Sussex Cottages? With a stunning collection of properties including oast houses and rural retreats, you're sure to find that dream spot for a spectacular staycation.

Get lost in history, not crowds. 
Whisk yourself away to the heart of Kent's lush countryside, where one of the loveliest castles in the world awaits. Flit through the grounds, laze on a boat on the moat, gaze at the sun-soaked stones of Leeds Castle. And breathe...

From traditional holiday-town charm, a world-class art gallery, sandy beaches, a cool café culture and tempting retro shops. Margate – ‘The Original Seaside’, is waiting to welcome you.

Marseille? Non, c’est Ramsgate 
Enjoy a slice of the Med without the long journey or an eye-watering bill for a glass of vino. You can indulge in the waterside café culture of Ramsgate's very own Riviera. Arty, boho, beautiful, this little slice of Thanet coastline is a joy to behold

It's not just oysters you'll want to crack open... 
Whitstable combines old seaside charm with a modern Bohemian vibe and this is reflected in the Whitstable Bay collection. Using traditional brewing methods, Shepherd Neame have created a range of refreshingly, thirst-quenching beers to suit the modern palate. While we encourage you to come and try it in its native environment, you can now have a taste of Whitstable wherever you are.

All of this and more is within achingly easy reach of London with Southeastern’s high speed rail links. You can be out of the rat race and in your element in as little as 38 minutes with Southeastern trains, with multiple ticket offers and deals to chose from on their website. Book your tickets below today!

Beaches, beauty and beer - it doesn’t get better than that. Book your train tickets today to start your summer journey to Kent!