Although the natural beauty of popular UK destinations such as Devon, Cornwall and Wales, cannot be denied, the splendour of coastal South East England cannot be understated either.
Thanks to the picturesque beach town of Margate, the UK now boasts one of the ‘Top Ten Destinations in the World’ according to the Rough Guide.
In fact, the Kentish coastline encompasses a rich trove of award winning beaches. Steeped in activities, Kent’s seaside destinations promise to provide enticing experiences, family frolics and cultural excursions that will ensure your holiday is as fun and fruitful as can be.
- Follow in the footsteps of the Victorians
The Victorians proudly flocked to the seaside to rejuvenate, and the coastal spots of Kent allow modern day holiday hunters to explore the fascination that our ancestors had with this ageless national gem.
The breathtaking beaches of Kent proudly host the Edwardian delights of Folkestone, through to the fashionable and alternative Whitstable, with a bounty of gems besides. For those who want to reminisce of holidays from years gone by, or share with their children the adventures of seaside trips from decades past, Kent guarantees to please all generations and further excite each trip-goer with each visit.
- A typical British day out
Spend a traditional British day lazing on the seafront at Margate, sharing fish and chips with the gulls and enjoying the refreshments of a customary ice cream van. Revisit your childhood by chancing your luck at a penny fountain, or explore the wonders of one of the many well-manicured sites that ‘The garden of England’ stages.
A self-catering holiday in Kent is sure to provide a wealth of trips which reignite the days of childhood holidays, and conjure new memories that will provide fulfilment for years to come.
Savour the delights of the medieval town of Sandwich with its incredible architecture, interesting shops, restaurants and bars. Golfers too will be quite at home here with not one, but two world-class golf courses to choose from, with many other golf courses nearby. Did you know this is where the sandwich was invented?
Why not take a picnic and challenge the family to a sandcastle building competition on the Blue Flag sandy beach at Ramsgate where you can admire the boats in the marina? Alternatively browse the boutiques in Whitstable, have lunch at one of the seafood restaurants, and then stroll around the bustling harbour where you can pick up the freshest of fish for supper.
- Unique attractions
Kent also boasts attractions which cannot be shared by other UK resorts, including the enthralling Turner Gallery in Margate, which displays the incredible work of the artist who was so fond of the seaside resort, that he left London to make Margate his permanent residence.
The beauty of Kent’s coastline is said to have inspired much of Turner’s work and a trip to the county proves why.
Alternative daytrips include the spectacular site of Reculver Towers in Thanet and a walk through Reculver Country Park allows the chance to walk in the steps of the Romans and revel in the county’s rich history.
Perhaps you’d prefer to rest your feet and view the splendour of the area whilst taking a trip on the Steam Railway? Adults can invest some time choosing between the vineyards and breweries that are available to tour, whilst younger visitors will be enchanted by the wealth of museums available; including a quirky site dedicated to pinball machines from decades past.
Kent may be overlooked by many holiday-goers in favour of the west coast, but a self-catering break to this beautiful county will ensure that each visitor has a delightful and unforgettable trip that encourages them to champion this superb destination for years to come.
This article was provided by Sarah Jarvis of Independent Cottages, where you will find a great selection of cottage holidays on the Kent coast and across the UK.