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In recent years, there has been an increasing trend for ‘staycations’ rather than holidays abroad. Known as the Garden of England, Kent boasts picturesque countryside settings, stunning coastlines and a county rich in history. With so much to offer for those looking for their ideal staycation, Millwood Designer Homes choose their top things to do in Kent. 

Hever Castle and Gardens – Built in the 13th century, this romantic double-moated castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. With 700 years of history, this castle includes award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. Perfect for the family, as children can enjoy the playground and challenge of finding their way through the Water Maze and 100-year-old Yew Maze.

Leeds Castle – Discover 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens at Leeds Castle. It is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy the maze, the grotto, thrilling falconry displays, adventure playgrounds and more. Coined ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’ it is also popular with couples wanting a romantic walk or leisurely punt along the moat.

Port Lympne Wildlife Park – Set over 600 acres, Port Lympne is home to over 700 endangered animals. Go on safari to see the UK’s largest herd of black rhino, western lowland gorillas, the only giraffes in Kent, tigers, lions, leopards, bears and more. Dinosaur Forest, which opened in 2016, now provides guests the chance to step into Jurassic world with the largest collection of life size dinosaurs in Europe.

Margate – Visit the unspoilt sandy bays at Margate where you can experience the traditional holiday-town charm, a world-class art gallery, a cool café culture and vintage shops. Dreamland, the British seaside amusement and entertainment centre brings restored vintage rides and arcades against the backdrop of the beach. The events calendar is always bursting with art exhibitions, music concerts and theatre performances, making it the perfect day out during the Summer months for families or couples, just over five-miles from our forthcoming development, Bakers Field, in Cliffsend.

The White Cliffs of Dover – This magnificent white coastal site offers a stunning view overlooking the English Channel, a serene walk, a wealth of wildlife and an abundance of history. The famous white chalk face cliffs offer guided tours around both the Fan Bay Deep Shelter; a series of tunnels constructed during World War II and the Victorian South Foreland Lighthouse. The infamous Mrs Knott’s tea room offers delicious treats, kite flying and games on the lawn, providing fun for all the family.

The Chatham Historic Dockyard – Explore one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations and the world’s most complete dockyard from the ‘age of sail’. Step aboard the three historic war ships to discover what life was really like onboard a Victorian sloop, a WW2 Destroyer and Cold War submarine.

The Hop Farm – Less than 20-minutes from our Windsor Meadow development in Marden, The Hop Farm Family Park provides a fun day out for all the family. The iconic farm park offers indoor and outdoor play areas and animal experiences as well as live magic shows and disco entertainment.

For those interested in moving to Kent, Millwood has a variety of developments suitable for a range of buyers at our current developments in Marden and Canterbury as well as upcoming developments in Cliffsend and Yalding.