There are stunning beaches, historic castles, jaw-dropping cathedrals and traditional English villages, all waiting to be explored. So make sure you book your car hire now to make the most of your time in and around Maidstone.
In the Town
Maidstone is a picturesque town that has plenty to offer. The River Medway bisects the town and provides it with boating activities. If the weather is nice, be sure to take a river cruise or hire a boat and explore the Millennium River Park. The river also provides various areas for relaxing and some idyllic picnic spots.
If you enjoy being outside then make sure you visit Mote Park. This 180 hectare park is a great way to spend a day and has lots to offer. You can play ‘pitch and putt’ golf, spend some time watching the boating lake and also take a trip on the miniature railway. The park is also home to Mote House, a former stately home, which is not open to visitors but is still a beautiful feature.
Also within the town is the Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, which has regular different events and displays. The museum is a treasure trove of fascinating artefacts and the art gallery has some beautiful pieces which should not be missed. If you are interested in local cultural heritage then be sure to visit All Saints Church, which is a fantastic example of gothic architecture.
There are lots of bars and restaurants in town and various different styles of accommodation to suit all preferences.
Maidstone is perfectly situated, with the coast only a short drive away and within easy access of other major locations in the UK there is plenty to see and do in your hire car.
Under an hour’s drive from Maidstone is Canterbury. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its cathedral is the oldest in the UK. The stunning building is just one of the attractions in this charming city. You can visit Canterbury Castle and The Roman Museum to see some other great local historical exhibitions. The Museum of Canterbury is also a good place to visit if you want to view some interesting displays.
Just a 10 minute drive north of Maidstone is the Kent Wildlife Trust Tyland Barn Visitor Centre. The nature reserve is a perfect day trip for families. There are loads of things to do including pond dipping, mini-beast hunting and practical geology. It is a great adventure which is well worth setting aside a day for.
You can also take the short drive to Leeds Castle. The castle has lots on offer including a maze, golf course and fantastic restaurant. It is also worth a trip just to see the castle, which is surrounded by a large moat and is open to visitors. If you are willing to drive a bit further then be sure to head to the coast to enjoy the iconic white cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches.