'The Garden of England', has been the nickname of the county of Kent for generations. As the nickname implies Kent is heavily reliant on agriculture, whether it is in the hopfields or the apple orchards. Modern day Kent has a population of over 1,500,000 and can, along with it's traditional agrarian pursuits, list coal mining, cement manufacturing and paper manufacturing as industrial activities.
Traditionally the county is divided into Two separate categories, dependant on birthplace. Those born to the east of the River Medway are known as 'Men of Kent' whilst those born to the west are known as 'Kentish Men'.
Covering an area of 1,440 square miles and with it's obvious proximity to the continent of Europe, Dover to Calais is a mere 23 miles across the English Channel, Kent is blessed with a profusion of castles. Dover castle is set high above the famous port and commands quite a spectacular view of the surrounding sea. Within it's walls can be found the numerous offices and tunnels that were used by coastal command during the Second World War and remain today as a very popular tourist attraction.
Leeds Castle is one of the most beautiful of all English castles and, along with Hever Castle, has a strong link with King Henry VIII.
The city of Canterbury is synonymous with the literary classic 'The Canterbury Tales' which is a fine example of early English literature.
Places to Visit
Boughton Monchelsea Place, Maidstone
Chiddingstone Castle, Edenbridge
Cobham Hall, Cobham
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
Deal Castle, Deal
Richborough Castle, Sandwich
Dover Castle, Dover