Local area information

If you are considering moving to Kent, take a look at some of the information we have compiled about some of Kent's towns.

Publication date:
01 January 2020
Date range:
January 2020 - January 2021



The White Cliffs of Dover are iconic. Immortalised in song and film for decades, this spectacular wall of crumbly, creamy chalk stretches for 20 miles. Drink in its craggy beauty on a ferry to Dover or a high speed RIB; on a cliff-backed beach or a cliff-top trail to the South Foreland Lighthouse; the National Trust Visitor Centre and Samphire Hoe make great places to start.

The history is so vivid at Dover Castle the past feels more like the present. Overlooking the Port of Dover, this magnificent fortification is alive with vibrant furnishings, every-day artefacts and costumed actors. The audio-visual displays of the castle's Secret Wartime Tunnels evoke an underground hospital and the retreat from Dunkirk. Meanwhile, the Dover Museum provides a new twist on cross-channel ferries: a 3000 year-old, sea-going Bronze Age boat.

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Don't miss Deal in Kent with its award-winning high street, mazy smugglers' lanes and independent shops. Buzzing cafes and pubs sit alongside a photogenic seafront that's home to a sweeping pier and quirky maritime clock; the Timeball Tower.

Prowl the battlements and captain's quarters at Deal Castle, then visit nearby Walmer Castle - this former command post to the Duke of Wellington even features an original pair of Wellington boots. At days end sleep beside the waves at the Royal Hotel on Deal seafront. Deal, Kent is all you need.

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Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

A world-class art gallery, gourmet dining and adrenaline-fuelled water sports, plus 15 spectacular beaches and bays - a revitalised corner of Kent awaits.

Kent's northeast tip has always been cosmopolitan with its European connections, but these days there's even more creative flair in the air. Stunning sea- and sky-scapes famously drew JMW Turner to Margate, fittingly it's now home to the acclaimed Turner Contemporary gallery, which brilliantly showcases historical and contemporary works.              

Artistic energy infuses an Isle where surf schools rub shoulders with ice cream parlours, chic eateries neighbour traditional chippies; and funky cafés, studios and shops pepper the streets of Margate Old Town. There's a retro feel to these harbour towns, with vintage and independent stores galore, or sit on the secluded, sands at beautiful Botany Bay.

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In regenerated Folkestone quaint streets meet cutting-edge art. In the Creative Quarter 100 artistic enterprises fill the cobbled, historic heart of town, along with pastel-painted studio-galleries, quirky stores, cool bars and chic eateries.

A short stroll away, the mile-long cliff-top promenade of The Leas offers sea views to France. Ride the historic Leas Lift down to the Lower Leas Coastal Park for a picnic or a BBQ, then get some sand between your toes on Folkestone's Sunny Sands beach. Restaurants abound; try Rocksalt for super-fresh fish and superb harbour views. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle brings France closer too; from Folkestone, Calais is just 35 minutes away.

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