Day tour of Kent (The garden of England)

This county in South-East England is special for a variety of reasons. All the way back in the XVI century, King Henry VIII coined the name “The Garden of England” for this area and it stuck ever since, For good reason, too!

Kent is known for its flower gardens, the abundance of fruit-growing, its fertile soils, and the mostly green, rolling hills. It should not surprise anyone then that two large parts of this county have been officially classified as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the North Downs and High Weald).

What can you see on a tour of this region? Start perhaps with the Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Once a prison, now an internationally known landmark with gardens designed as rooms with different colors and scents. More beauty is to be found in the Pashley Gardens (fountains, tulips, roses, dahlias) and the excellently preserved Walmer Castle and Gardens. This Tudor, English Heritage site is not only beautiful, has a story of its own to tell, but also provides tourists with a glorious view of the sea.

While in Kent, it is good to remember that the Straits of Dover and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover are nearby. Through the Strait, France and mainland Europe are just 21 miles (34 kilometers) away! On a sunny day, you will be able to see the other coast from the top of the White Cliffs. And since they stretch for 8 miles so why not a relaxing stroll there in between other waypoints on your Kent tour?