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Maidstone lies on the outskirts of London in the heart of Kent county. Many of the town’s attraction are based around its two rivers, the Medway and the Len, which cut through the town’s center. With scenic nature trails, the county capital serves as a relaxing retreat from the busy city streets of neighboring London.
Visit Leeds Castle, one of the most famous sites in the county. It sits on an island in a lake a few miles southeast of Maidstone. Enter the castle via a drawbridge to enjoy the site’s many activities including bird shows, children’s playgrounds and a grotto filled with light and sculpted mythical beasts.
See more of the country surrounding Maidstone on the Len Valley Nature Walk. Spot wildlife such as deer and badgers. The hiking trail runs for 12 miles (19 kilometers) through typical English countryside along the River Len. On the way back to town, amble through Mote Park’s 450 acres (180 hectares) of public grounds to take in riverside views.
Explore the many attractions in the center of Maidstone. Visit the free Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery that are housed in an old Elizabethan manor house. See centuries-old local artifacts and decorative Japanese arts among their collections.
Go shopping in The Mall Maidstone, an indoor mall with more than 75 stores, or stay outdoors and browse the shops along the Fremlin Walk. Watch a show at the Hazlitt Theatre, which hosts regular comedy and music performances.
Catch a bus or drive northwest of the city towards Aylesford to reach The Friars, a religious house founded in the 13th century. Stoneacre, just over 10-minutes’ drive south of Maidstone, is another interesting building. Inside this half-timbered medieval farmhouse you can see collections of furniture and crafts. Outside, enjoy the gardens and orchard.
Maidstone is located 37 miles (51 kilometers) southeast of London. Come by train, bus or car to enjoy the historic town’s cultural attractions and picturesque surrounding countryside.
Situated in a regional park, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vinters Valley Nature Reserve, AMF Bowling, and Bearsted Golf Club. Brenchley Gardens and Maidstone Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bearsted Golf Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Leeds Castle. Mote Park and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cobtree Manor Park and Kent Life. Oare Marshes Nature Reserve and Whatman Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Maidstone, this romantic guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Stepping Stone Studios, Hazlitt Theatre, and Pizza Express Music Room. Brenchley Gardens and Maidstone Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Grafty Green, this boutique inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Weald of Kent Golf Club, Leeds Castle, and St. Michael the Archangel. Chart Hills Golf Club and Staplehurst Golf Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Maidstone, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of AMF Bowling and Stepping Stone Studios. Hazlitt Theatre and Pizza Express Music Room are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Maidstone, this spa hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Leeds Castle and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Bearsted Golf Club. Mote Park and Wear 'm Out are also within 6 mi (10 km).