Free days out in Kent

Days out

Posted by Ed Roberts on 8th March 2021

Kent days out

Planning a holiday in Kent?  If you enjoy mapping out an itinerary in advance and considering a budget, we have done some of the leg work for you and compiled a handy list of attractions, landmarks, and beauty spots in Kent for you to visit. So, prepare a packed lunch and discover the best free places to visit in Kent; there are beaches, rainy day destinations, free family days out and so much more to discover. Whether you are with your family or fancy a quiet romantic break, we can help you uncover the best free attractions in Kent including free museums, free farms and country parks. There are so many great places to visit in Kent.

When you have agreed on where you’d like to visit, you will need to find a great place to stay. Browse our collection of charming self-catering holiday cottages in Kent and find your perfect holiday escape.

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Free days out in Kent

Discover Samphire Hoe Country Park, Dover

Discover Samphire Hoe Country Park, Dover

Samphire Hoe Country Park is located on land that has been reclaimed from the sea, built with land spoil from digging the English Channel (and from the first abandoned attempt to build a subterranean link to France during the late 1800s). Built on 5 million cubic metres of chalk marl, it is now a wonderful place for a scenic walk. Found at the foot of some sheer chalk cliffs close to Dover, it’s a hidden joy. There is a walking loop that is just under 2 miles for you to enjoy where you will see wildflowers and birds on the wing. The park was completed in 1994, after the completion of its huge sea defences.  Please note, there is a very small parking stipend. 

Stay nearby: Marwood Farm Cottage | Sleeps: 6 guests + 1 dog


Free kids days out at Cobtree Manor and Dunloran Park

Free kids days out at Cobtree Manor and Dunloran Park

Cobtree Manor Park in Maidstone has over 50 acres of parkland with a themed play area, sculpture trail and picnic areas whilst the elegant Dunorlan Park on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells is set around a huge lake. There are lots of places for a game of hide and seek, trees to climb and statues to photograph. The lovely thing about going to a park is that there are always lots of other children playing and picnicking, so it’s a great way to make friends.  

Stay nearby: Lower Gallants | Sleeps: 12 guests + 2 dogs


Step back in time to The Sound Mirrors, Romney Marsh

Step back in time to The Sound Mirrors, Romney Marsh 

The Sound Mirrors are relics of the Second World War, an obsolete technology that predated the use of radar. These huge concrete structures were used to listen to approaching enemy aircraft coming across the English Channel. There are several Sound Mirrors dotted across Kent, but the best examples for a photo opportunity lie close to the coast at Lydd-on-Sea. There’s a walking trail that links the Sound Mirrors to the coast. Other mirrors can be found in Hythe.

Stay nearby: Troubadour | Sleeps: 4 guests


Enjoy a unique seaside stroll at Dungeness

Enjoy a unique seaside stroll at Dungeness 

Dungeness is one of the UK’s most unique seaside villages. It sits on Europe’s largest shingle bank and is home to lots of peculiar buildings that have been converted from former military outposts, railway carriages, and fisherman’s huts. It’s still a local haulout for fishing boats, and there are also some eye-catching lighthouses and wonderful sea views. You can also visit Dungeness B power station for a pre-booked free tour, to see the UK’s only visible nuclear reactor. Dungeness attracts nature spotters and photographers alike. 

Stay nearby: Stonihoe | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog


Take the kids to Lower Leas Coastal Park and Pepenbury Farm, Folkestone

Fun times with the kids await at Lower Leas Coastal Park and Pepenbury Farm, Folkestone   

Lower Leas Coastal Park in Folkestone, home to the largest free adventure playground in the South East, will also go down a treat with its huge adventure play area if you are travelling with children. Zip lines, a sunken pirate ship and much more awaits. There is a wildlife area for quieter moments where you can see if you can recognise any of the birds and little animals. Another brilliant afternoon out is at Aspens’ Pepenbury where you can help a charity as well as have fun. Try to spot pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, goats and rabbits on the farm, stroll around the Bluebell Forest and play musical instruments along the fabulous walking trails. 

Stay nearby: Kings Cottage | Sleeps: 6 guests + 1 dog


Cycle the Tudor Trail, Tonbridge

Cycle the beautiful Tudor Trail, Tonbridge

On sunny days, make the kids get on their bikes and get some exercise on The Tudor Trail. If you can take your own bikes along on holiday, it is completely free to cycle the Tonbridge Castle to Penshurst Place Tudor Trail (6 miles). If you can’t bring your own bikes with you, you can hire them for a small charge at Bewl Water, the largest enclosed stretch of water in the South East. Here you can experience brilliant rides through miles of fabulous forest and all around the reservoir. 

Stay nearby: The Coach House | Sleeps: 2 guests 


Admire architecture in Tunbridge Wells

Admire architecture in Tunbridge Wells

Visit Royal Tunbridge Wells, where you can embark on the fascinating Heritage Walking Trail – download the map and visit over 30 fascinating historic places around the town centre! Tunbridge Wells is the only spa town in the South East of England and it is one of inland Kent’s largest and prettiest towns. Famous for its colonnades and blooms, much of the town is also admired for its architecture, the villas and wide avenues of handsome houses. Look out for the Opera House, Calvery House and The Great Hall on your walk, all distinctive edifices that have been designed to impress. 

Stay nearby: Apartment 15 | Sleeps: 2 guests + 1 dog


See a Viking ship, Ramsgate

See a Viking ship, Ramsgate

Head over to Ramsgate’s Pegwell Bay to see Hugin, a full-scale replica of a Viking longship. It’s on permanent display and was a gift from the Danish people to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the landing of Hengist and Horsa at nearby Ebbsfleet in 449AD. It was sailed all the way from Denmark to Kent in 1949; quite a feat of endeavour and skill! Please note, it is covered up for protection during the winter months. 

Stay nearby: Wrotham House | Sleeps: 8 guests + 1 dog


Discover hidden beaches at The Warren, Folkestone

Discover hidden beaches at The Warren, Folkestone

There’s a big climb up from the town to Folkestone Warrens, marked out by one of Kent’s many Martello Towers, but if you can summon up the energy, there’s a fantastic hidden beach up and over the hill. Head down a windy (occasionally boggy path) to the rock and sandy shore at the bottom of the cliff. Views along the tall cliffs around to St Margaret’s Bay and Dover Harbour are bound to enchant you. There is a way back up from the beach and back to the Martello Tower via a hilly lane. The whole circuit is about 2 miles and a moderate challenge if you don’t mind a muddy downward scramble to begin with. 

Stay nearby: Blackbird Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests


Visit the awe-inspiring Battle of Britain Memorial

Kent’s location has meant that since the beginning of civilisation up until within living memory, the county has been among the first lines of defence against invading forces. One of the most famous fights of the Second World War was the Battle of Britain, which was won in the skies above the English Channel and the Kent Coast. The Memorial is free to visit (except for a small parking fee), and you can see the memorial wall, two replica fighter planes and a central statue of a pilot. All those with an interest in World War 2 will want to pay a visit to this landmark.

Stay nearby: Fig Tree Barn | Sleeps: 4 guests 


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