Maidstone

Travel Guide
Leeds Castle showing a castle, heritage architecture and heritage elements
This town at the center of Kent is known for its historic castle, cultural museums and nature paths with many wildlife-spotting opportunities close to London.

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.

Village Hotel Maidstone
Village Hotel Maidstone
3.5 out of 5
Castle View, Forstal Road, Sandling, Maidstone, England, ME14 3AQ
The price is £68 per night from 28 Jul to 29 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Maidstone. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (960 reviews)
Ideal Location
"Ideally located for visiting a friend. Easy to get to, rooms were large and beds were comfortable. Clean throughout"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2022

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ORIDA Maidstone Hotel
ORIDA Maidstone Hotel
3 out of 5
Bearsted Rd, Maidstone, England, ME14 5AA
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The price is £79 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Maidstone. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Leeds Castle and Vinters Valley Nature Reserve ...
3.8/5 Good! (20 reviews)
"Good value for money. Friendly staff. Clean rooms. A pool that we did not get a chance to use."

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

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Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, England, ME14 4NQ
The price is £104 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Maidstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a golf course. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (603 reviews)
"Stayed here when we were visiting Leeds Castle. My 6 year old and I had a great time. The pool area is very neat. Staff was very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 31 May 2022

Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club
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Lady Florence, Maidstone a Unique River Boat with Castle Views
Lady Florence, Maidstone a Unique River Boat with Castle Views
Maidstone, ENG
Stay at this houseboat in Maidstone. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Leeds Castle and Kent Life are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
What a gem Lady Florence is
"Had a wonderful stay on Lady Florence. Beautifully decked out inside and out. Great amenities. Plenty spacious. Nice welcoming touches. Catches the sun throughout the day. Location is perfect if you want to pop to the local pub/restaurant or have a pleasant walk along the river into Maidstone. Georgina ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

Lady Florence, Maidstone a Unique River Boat with Castle Views
Blackberry Cottage
Blackberry Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Forsham Lane, Maidstone, England, ME17 3EW
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Maidstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Leeds Castle and Mote Park are located nearby. Discover ...
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Stable Oak Cottages
Stable Oak Cottages
4 out of 5
Holm mill lane Harrietsham, Maidstone, England, ME17 1LA
Stay at this 4-star golf cottage in Maidstone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Leeds Castle and Kent Downs are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Really nice place to stay
"This was a lovely place to stay for 3 nights while I was working locally. It was a nice change to have a kitchen and separate living area. These stable cottages are set in a quiet, rural location that is close to a nearby pretty village. My cottage had lots of character and was very comfortable. ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2016

Stable Oak Cottages
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