Kent, known as ‘the garden of England’ – a phrase first recorded to be used by Henry VIII – is more than a sleepy countryside county. Steeped in history, and with many hidden secrets, Kent is actually the oldest place name recorded in Great Britain that is still used today. The Greeks and the Romans originally named the county ‘Kention’ – it is thought that this comes from the Celtic word ‘Cantii’ meaning the edge, which relates to Kent’s location, on the edge of England.
There is no doubt that Kent is indeed on the edge of Britain – home to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, and miles of stunning coastline and beaches, including the ever popular Margate,visitors flock to Kent to enjoy being by the seaside.
Because of the location of Kent, it has had a troubled past, being subject to invasions and battles. Because of this, it is full of historical treasures – Canterbury Cathedral, the murder scene of the archbishop, Thomas Beckett is well worth a visit, as is Deal castle, originally build by the Tudors, who were keen to defend Britain’s coastline, the castle has been called into use many times since then, during the Napoleonic wars and also during the Second World War. If you are heading to Canterbury, be sure to make time for the Canterbury Tales – a guided walk inspired by Chaucer’s famous works, through medieval Britain!
Of course, you can’t pay a visit to The Garden of England without going to see what all the fuss is about! A visit to the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens is a must – the gardens were brought to life by the writer and poet Vita Sackville-West during the 1930s, and are a beautiful sight, especially in the summer. Henver Castle is home to 125 acres of gardens that have been voted most romantic by Gardener’s World!
If all of that gets you in the mood for a wedding, then Kent is the perfect place to hold it – with no shortage of picturesque locations, there will be somewhere to suit everyone. You can even source your Marquee hire in Kent through 2intents for the perfect outdoor wedding amongst the flowers! Kent is also famous for vineyards, producing award winning wine and sparkling wine – so whether you are getting married or are a wine lover, make sure that you pay them a visit!
Kent is also the home of two fantastic shopping centres – Bluewater and Ashford designer outlet. If it’s something a little different you are looking for, then there are plenty of markets to choose from in Kent’s towns and villages, and independent shops selling more unusual items and antiques.