{"LocationDetails":{"Id":823,"Name":"Kent","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Holiday Cottages in Kent\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAaaaah Kent, long known as the garden of England and beautifully diverse, this characterful county just seems to stand apart from the rest of the UK. Think nostalgic landscapes, thriving farmland and country estates that sit peacefully waiting to welcome their visitors. Hop on the high-speed train from Kings Cross St Pancras to the South East and you\u0026rsquo;ll have 40 minutes or so to sit back and watch as oast houses, rolling fields and bustling villages amble past your window.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s something about a holiday in Kent that makes you feel as though you\u0026rsquo;ve stepped into a bygone era, and you\u0026rsquo;re never far from a sleepy village with a local pub that\u0026rsquo;s been welcoming visitors for centuries. If you head to the coast you\u0026rsquo;ll find resorts that have played host to families for many a generation, and if you\u0026rsquo;ve never been to Dreamland in Margate then trust us, you haven\u0026rsquo;t lived\u0026hellip;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFor those quieter days, Canterbury Cathedral sits at the heart of the elegant city of Canterbury, and with Whitstable fast becoming a foodie favourite, it\u0026rsquo;s just a short drive away from some of the most popular spots to dine out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to visit in Kent\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start at the place that\u0026rsquo;s attracted visitors to Kent for more than 1400 years\u0026hellip;the resplendent Canterbury Cathedral. Beautiful, peaceful and home to more than its share of history, this has got to be one of our favourite places to visit in the whole of the UK\u0026hellip;let alone Kent. The cathedral\u0026rsquo;s still one of the most popular places to visit in Kent, and you can choose from an audio tour or a guided tour to make sure you don\u0026rsquo;t miss anything.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOn a slightly different note, you\u0026rsquo;ll find an old favourite down in Margate in the form of the newly reopened Dreamland. Chat to anyone who visited Kent as a child and the chances are they\u0026rsquo;ll start talking about Bem Boms\u0026hellip;so it\u0026rsquo;s good news that the seafront\u0026rsquo;s once again home to one of the county\u0026rsquo;s best-loved attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can\u0026rsquo;t have a Kent holiday without visiting one of its castles, and Leeds Castle is as good a place to start as any. Once called \u0026ldquo;the loveliest castle in the world\u0026rdquo; and one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most visited historic sites, Leeds Castle\u0026rsquo;s best known as a former Tudor palace with a place in English history.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s one more attraction we seriously think you should squeeze into your holiday in Kent, and that\u0026rsquo;s Howletts. One of the county\u0026rsquo;s original animal parks, this attraction\u0026rsquo;s home to more than 400 animals. If you like your days out with a bit of a challenge, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to show off your grit with the Treetop Challenge. A high ropes course for visitors over 1.2 metres tall, this section\u0026rsquo;s a great way to experience Howletts from a monkeys-eye view.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Kent \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re planning your first break in Kent, make sure you put a few days aside to experience some of those things to do that just epitomise the county. The Hop Farm\u0026rsquo;s always a good place to start, and it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for families thanks to the animals who call it home and the indoor play area for wetter days. In fact, the attraction hosts events throughout the year too, so it\u0026rsquo;s a great place to take the kids during your time in the county.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there are the iconic landmarks that you need to get up close to just so you can say that you have\u0026hellip;landmarks like the White Cliffs of Dover. Cared for by the National Trust, the cliffs stand in all their glory watching over the English Channel below, and we can\u0026rsquo;t think of a better way to get to know the region and its place in history than by walking around the site of one of the most patriotic attractions in the UK. On a clear day you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see all the way over to the coast of France, and if you wander your way along the coast path towards South Foreland Lighthouse you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to take in the views with a walk.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"kent","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-626828848.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Turner Contemporary","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Turner Contemporary sits on Margate\u0026rsquo;s seafront, and it\u0026rsquo;s transformed the town into a thriving resort popular with art lovers. Turner painted Margate more than 100 times, keen to capture the area\u0026rsquo;s open skies and dramatic lights, so the gallery\u0026rsquo;s a fitting homage to the artist. The galley\u0026rsquo;s right on the site where Turner stayed when he visited Margate, and it hosts a constant stream of exhibitions and events all year round.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDesigned to bridge the link between contemporary and historic art, Turner\u0026rsquo;s made Margate one of the country\u0026rsquo;s must-visit destinations for anyone with a passion for art. \u0026nbsp;One of the loveliest things about this gallery is that it\u0026rsquo;s been designed with everyone in mind, so it aims to give everyone the chance to get up close to world-class art during their time in Kent.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith a stunning setting overlooking Margate\u0026rsquo;s harbour, the gallery\u0026rsquo;s caf\u0026eacute; means you can take the weight off your feet and taste the flavours of the season before you leave, and what a setting to sit for a while and think about the exhibitions before you leave.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3911,"LocationLongitude":1.38201,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-179056094 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/turner-contemporary","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-179056094 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dreamland","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAaaaaah Dreamland. If you ever visited Margate when you were younger, then the chances are every memory you\u0026rsquo;ve got of the stay has this family day out attached to it. Newly reopened and once again Margate\u0026rsquo;s best day out, Dreamland\u0026rsquo;s all about good old fashioned family fun by the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you\u0026rsquo;re keen to put the kids on the Caterpillar Coaster, take in the views from the Big Wheel or hop aboard the Scenic Railway, you\u0026rsquo;ll find a ride to suit every member of the family and every kind of day. The retro Roller Room means kids can pop on their roller skates and enjoy a roller disco, live music fills the air from the bandstand, and the attraction hosts seasonal events throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDreamland captures everything we love about family days out on the coast, and thanks to its wristband scheme you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to buy your bands and enjoy your day. There\u0026rsquo;s even a roller diner, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to dine in style during your visit too. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3865,"LocationLongitude":1.37552,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-529543135 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/dreamland","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-529543135 (1).jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Margate Sands","Body":"\u003cp\u003eMargate\u0026rsquo;s always been one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s best-loved seaside destinations, and Margate Sands is the main beach in this sandy bay. Likely to play a pretty big part in your Margate holiday, the main sands are home to a tidal pool, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find classic rides for the kids and amusements to keep the whole family entertained.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe great news is that this is one of those beaches where there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of sand to enjoy even when the tide comes in, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to practice building sandcastles until the you\u0026rsquo;re ready to pack up and head to one of the nearby restaurants. Or, if you like to sample the local seafood while you\u0026rsquo;re by the sea, you\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of friendly stalls selling local produce to keep you going during your day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re hoping to sit back with a book and just enjoy the setting, you\u0026rsquo;ll find deckchairs available for hire, and beach wheelchairs are available too. Winner of a Seaside Award in 2016, Margate Sands welcomes dogs between the 30\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e September and the end of April each year, and it\u0026rsquo;s a good one for families keen to enjoy those days on the sand.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3905,"LocationLongitude":1.37948,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-623278286.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/margate-sands","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-623278286.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Westbrook Bay","Body":"\u003cp\u003eMargate\u0026rsquo;s just one of those destinations that\u0026rsquo;s all about having a brilliant time together by the sea, and Westbrook Bay is one of the sandy beaches that have long made for happy days with buckets and spades. This sandy beach has pretty much everything you need to keep the kids happy on the beach all day, and when the sun\u0026rsquo;s shining bustles with activity as visitors set up camp on the sand for summer days.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhether you go all out and hire a traditional beach hut for your stay, or you\u0026rsquo;re happy just to get yourself a deck chair for the day and sit back with that book you\u0026rsquo;ve been meaning to read, Westbrook\u0026rsquo;s a friendly, safe beach with plenty of space. Popular with swimmers, this one\u0026rsquo;s also a favourite for water skiing and windsurfing. Don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;re happier on dry land, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to stay on the sand and just watch the sporty folk do their thing out on the water.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a seasonal dog ban at this beach, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find a caf\u0026eacute; and restaurant nearby for those family meals during those long sunny days enjoying the coast.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3862,"LocationLongitude":1.3624,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/FEET ON BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/westbrook-bay","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/FEET ON BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Shell Grotto","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWe love the fact that, in a quiet series of catacombs in the heart of Margate, you\u0026rsquo;ll find an ancient shell grotto that\u0026rsquo;s mystified visitors for centuries. The walls of the caves are decorated with beautiful patterns made from millions of tiny shells, and the fact that it lay quietly undiscovered until 1835 makes it even more intriguing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNobody quite knows how the shell grotto came to be, let alone when or why, but that\u0026rsquo;s actually part of its charm. All we know is that somebody, at some time, has painstakingly collected millions of local shells and created a stunning mosaic on every wall of the grotto \u0026ndash; and nobody even knew it was there until it was discovered by accident all those years ago.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe grotto\u0026rsquo;s privately owned, and visitors are welcome every day during the summer and on weekends during the winter, so there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity to step inside and see it for yourself during your time in Margate. \u0026nbsp;The caves maintain a steady temperature of 10\u003cimg src=\"file:///C:/Users/KELLY~1.MAR/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.png\" style=\"height:19px; width:6px\" /\u003e\u0026nbsp;all year round, so they\u0026rsquo;re nice and cool in the summer and not too chilly if you visit on a winter\u0026rsquo;s day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3876,"LocationLongitude":1.38943,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2017/02/iStock-506761792.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"kent/margate/shell-grotto","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2017/02/iStock-506761792.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]}],"MetaData":{"Title":"Kent Holiday Cottages, accommodation in Kent | Blue Chip Holidays","Description":"","Keywords":""},"ErrorCode":null,"ErrorDescription":null,"IsSuccess":true},"PointOfInterestDetails":{"PointOfInterestItem":null,"Distance":null},"IsDestinationPage":true}