The Top 10 Attractions in Kent You Have To Visit

If you’re the type of person that loves a great family day out and a bit of adventure, then look no further than our handy guide.

We’ve handpicked ten of the best attractions to visit in Kent including animal parks, museums and amusement parks. So whether you are a nature lover, ride enthusiast, keen historian or a gallant daredevil, we’re confident we’ve got something for everyone.

We even have exclusive offers and discounts with some of these fantastic attractions, so there’s even more reason to visit!

 
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Action Watersports

A family-run water sports centre, the team at Action Watersports are passionate about providing the most exhilarating, thrilling and fun-packed experience. Activities include water-skiing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, fun rides, and fly-boarding.

Plus, they cater for beginner’s right through to professionals, so no prior experience is necessary! The founders of Action Watersports are water-ski competitors themselves, so they have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share, helping to provide an amazing water sports experience in a safe, controlled but fun environment.

Our exclusive offer: Buy One Get One Free on the Ringo Rides
Closest holiday parks: Marlie (15 mins) and New Beach (25 mins)

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Port Lympne Animal Park

Port Lympne is home to over 700 animals (including the only giraffe in Kent!) and have regular animal births, and additional species coming in every year, meaning there are always new animals for you to meet. There’s 600 acres of Port Lympne to keep you entertained, from a free safari to Kentish woodland walks, it really is a great day out for all the family.

After your adventures, sit back and relax in the restaurant for a bite to eat and enjoy the a la carte dishes that all feature locally sourced Kentish produce.

Closest holiday parks: New Beach (12 mins), Marlie (20 mins), Alberta (45 mins), Seaview (49 mins) and Birchington Vale (53 mins)

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Canterbury Cathedral

Founded in 597, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England, showcasing an abundance of history behind each stained glass window. The spectacular building houses many beautiful features including a perpendicular nave and a Romanesque crypt. 

The Cathedral suffered a catastrophic fire in 1174 which is believed to have been deliberately started by envious monks, this led to a complete rebuild between 1070 and 1077. You have the choice of a guided or an audio tour, or simply explore the grounds yourself at your own leisurely pace.

Our exclusive offer: One child goes free with each paying adult
Closest holiday parks: Seaview (22 mins), Alberta (25 mins), Birchington Vale (35 mins), New Beach (40 mins), Marlie (50 mins) and Harts (1 hour)

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Go Ape

Time to test your nerve as you take on the zip wire, stirrups, tunnel crossing and best of all – the Tarzan swing! Your adrenaline is sure to be pumping as you scale platforms that are bound to get your heart beating.

If you think that you can brave the heights, we’re sure that you will enjoy the breath-taking views that can only be appreciated from the top.

Closest holiday parks: Marlie (50 mins) and New Beach (55 mins)

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Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

Founded in 1975, the railway was built from scratch by a group of friends primarily as a hobby. Now, there are around 20 acres of parkland and woodland to explore, ideal for a family picnic. 

The locomotives on display and in use include 10 steam and 10 diesel units and a range of rolling stock. These, along with a museum, an extensive miniature model railway, and a children’s wood railway make for a fun and educational day out for the whole family. 

Our exclusive offer: £5 off a family ticket or £2 off a pair of adult tickets Closest holiday parks: Harts (34 mins), Alberta (36 mins), Seaview (40 mins), New Beach (48 mins), Birchington Vale (50 mins) and Marlie (55 mins)

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Canoe Wild

Another water-based attraction to “wet” your appetite. Canoe Wild offers a fun and memorable experience on the River Stour for all abilities: beginners, groups, and families are all welcome. Canoeing is a gentle outdoor activity, but don’t worry if you’re a canoe novice as their friendly, experienced coaches are on hand to help.

Single and double kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are also available to hire, so feel free to mix it up! The river offers lots of stunning photo opportunities, ideal for that all important holiday snap to show your friends what a great time you’re having! (A waterproof camera might be a good idea though)

Closest holiday parks: Seaview (17 mins), Alberta (22 mins), Birchington Vale (23 mins), New Beach (44 mins), Marlie (52 mins) and Harts (58 mins)

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Diggerland

Jump in the driver’s seat of actual diggers, dumpers and other full-sized construction machinery at Diggerland - the supersize adventure for every kid who’s simply mad for machinery! But if the machinery’s not your thing, fear not, as there are 20 thrilling rides to explore including Spindizzy, Groundshuttle, Go-Karts and Dodgems to name just a few.

And if you’re feeling particularly brave, there are some spectacular views across the River Medway of Rochester to be seen from the top of their 50ft Diggerland Skyshuttle, so don’t forget your camera!

Our exclusive offer: 20% off standard entry prices
Closest holiday parks: Harts (50 mins) and Alberta (55 mins)

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Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

When the line first opened in 1927, it covered only the eight miles between Hythe and New Romney and became famous for people wanting to ride on the ‘Smallest Public Railway in the World’. These days it’s just under 14 miles long and runs from Hythe, via Dymchurch down to New Romney. With seven stations along the way, there are plenty of places to stop off and enjoy some coastal sunshine and grab a bite to eat at the many cafes and restaurants on offer. 

Closest holiday parks: Marlie (4 mins), New Beach (12 mins) and Alberta (58 mins)

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Eastchurch Aviation Museum

This museum is perfect for those interested in the history of aviation, particularly that of the Isle of Sheppey. Situated on the site of RAF Station Eastchurch, the museum has a Memorials Register with a list of approximately 1650 men and women who lost their lives in the 20th century on Sheppey, and are remembered on Island Memorials and graves.

There’s so much history to discover at the Eastchurch Aviation Museum, and with free entry and free parking, what’s to stop you from visiting?

Our exclusive offer: 10% off in the gift shop
Closest holiday parks: Harts (10 mins) and Alberta (50 mins)

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Dreamland Margate

And last, but certainly not least, we have 'Dreamland', located in the traditional seaside town, Margate. The amusement park’s site originally opened way back in 1880, although wasn’t named 'Dreamland' until 1920. The park has had a huge £25m investment just 3 years ago, which included new rides, a new food court and bar, and arguably most importantly, a music venue with a 15,000 capacity.

'Dreamland' also holds a number of events throughout the year for all ages, and hosts many famous musicians, DJs, and comedians. In 2018, Gorillaz held their first festival, Demon Dayz, at the amusement park, and tickets sold out in 32 minutes! There really is something for everyone to enjoy at 'Dreamland', so go and make a day of it!

Closest holiday parks: Birchington Vale (8 mins) and Seaview (28 mins) Alberta (30 mins)

Kent Holidays

Affectionately known as the “Garden of England” Kent features a coastline of famous holiday resorts. From Whitstable and the Isle of Sheppey in the north to Romney in the south, we've got Kent covered!

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