World Tourism Day


Today is World Tourism Day!  For most people tourism is an interesting and vital part of going on holiday and is an excellent way to embed yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting.  But don’t forget that you can be a tourist at home too! 

Kent has an abundance of attractions that draw visitors from near and far – they are easy to overlook when they are so close by so why not become a tourist of Kent for World Tourism Day?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:


The Kent Coast


Hythe Imperial Hotel overlooking the Beach

Kent has a large expanse of shoreline and boasts many long sandy beaches.  Whether you prefer to laze on the beach, enjoy some delicious and freshly caught seafood, or prefer to test your surf skills, there is something for everyone along the 350 miles of coastline, including the iconic White Cliffs of Dover


Canterbury Cathedral


Canterbury Cathedral by night

If you like to delve in to the past then the Historic City of Canterbury has plenty to entertain even the most fanatical history buff.  Canterbury Cathedral is a must see for visitors and locals alike.  The Cathedral dates back to 597AD and was the scene of the famous murder of Thomas Becket in 1170.  Now a place of Pilgrimage for Christians from around the world, the remarkable building remains a fascinating landmark and is especially beautiful when seen at night.  


Turner Contemporary Gallery


Turner Contemporary Gallery

Opened in 2011, the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate has played a pivotal role in the town’s reinvention as a cultural and artistic hub.  Named as a tribute to the landscape painter J.M.W.  Turner, who has close connections to the town, and heavily supported by artist Tracey Emin, who was brought up in Margate, the gallery has become a key attraction for the coastal town.  Admission is free and they hold a wide range of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

 

The Historic Dockyard Chatham


The Historic Dockyard

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham has supported the Royal Navy for over 400 years and has long been a key feature of the naval town.  The dockyard has built and repaired many of history’s great ships including HMS Victory.  Visit the dockyard to learn more about the fascinating history or attend one of the many events that they host throughout the year.

 

Biddenden Vineyards