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Maidstone

Tourist Information Centres

Maidstone Visitor Information
Maidstone Museum
St. Faith's Street
Maidstone
ME14 1LH
tourism@maidstone.gov.uk
www.visitmaidstone.com

Press Contact

Laura Dickson
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone
ME15 6JQ
lauradickson@maidstone.gov.uk
www.visitmaidstone.com

Trade Contact

Christine Dier
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone
ME15 6JQ
christinedier@maidstone.gov.uk
www.visitmaidstone.com

Destination

There’s a strong Kentish feel to the County Town of Maidstone and its historic villages – a region of rivers and oast houses, of vineyards and cherry orchards, of gastro pubs and ancient castles … and a natural place to stay to explore the Garden of England.

What's on Offer

Places to Visit

There are many wonderful places to visit, from castles and river boats, to vineyards and stunning gardens.
- Leeds Castle, surrounded by 500 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens, is set on two islands in the middle of a lake and is described as ‘the loveliest castle in the world.’
- Kent Life is Kent’s premier heritage farm attraction. It portrays rural life in Kent over the past 100 years. With 28 acres of fun including family activities and play areas, traditionally breeds, discovery trails and a hands-on cuddle corner.
- Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery features dinosaurs and a 2,700 year old Egyptian mummy. There are also regularly changing exhibitions so there is always something new to see.

Entertainment

Maidstone is alive with events the whole year round. Drama, dance, music, comedy, cabaret, arts, culture and festival events.

Shopping

Maidstone is one of the top places to shop in Kent. Alongside well known high street brands is one of the biggest selections of independent retailers in the country. From jewellers to kitchenware, gifts to ladieswear, these lovely shops can be found in the many ancient streets.

Eating Out

There is a fabulous selection of places to eat in Maidstone. Whether you're looking for a cosy country pub or a top class restaurant, Maidstone is packed full of choice.
There is a wide selection of cuisines, many using local Kentish produce, as well as international and European delicacies. Further into the countryside you will find some superb country pubs where the standard of food is seriously good.

Recreation & Sport

Maidstone is rich in facilities for a wide range of sports and interests, and boasts many picturesque locations for walking, horse-riding, golfing, fishing, and boating.
Maidstone Leisure Centre has lots on offer and Go Ape! at Leeds Castle is the perfect adrenalin rush.

Conference & Business Facilities

As the business hub of Kent, Maidstone offers a superb choice of venues for conferences, meetings and exhibitions. It also has the largest indoor exhibition space, 7000m2 at the Kent Event Centre.
Our Kent Conference Bureau service can help you find the perfect venue.

Accommodation

Country house hotels and inns sit comfortably alongside private homes offering bed & breakfast. Beautiful cottages and oast houses offer self-catering for longer holidays.There are several large branded hotels in Maidstone, all within easy reach of the major attractions and activities. For the more adventurous, try Knights Glamping at Leeds Castle.

Getting There

Road

Maidstone is accessed from junctions 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the M20, accessed from the M26/M25

Rail

Maidstone East for London/Ashford services. Maidstone West for Gatwick/Strood services.

Sea

Maidstone is situated close to the Channel Ports.

Air

Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach of Maidstone.