Scotney Castle - National Trust

Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JN

The moated 14th century castle and landscape of Scotney together make this one of England's most romantic places. Created in the 1830s by Edward Hussey who had the imagination to transform the medieval Scotney Castle from derelict dwelling to quaint ruin, thus forming the focus of his picturesque landscape garden, which he called his pleasure gardens.

Sissinghurst Castle - National Trust

Sissinghurst, nr. Cranbrook
nr. Cranbrook TN17 2AB

One of the world's most celebrated gardens, the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.

Smallhythe Place - National Trust

Tenterden TN30 7NG

Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens. The half-timbered house, built for the harbourmaster in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shiphuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 and contains her fascinating theatre collection.

South Foreland Lighthouse - National Trust

The Front, St Margaret
Dover CT15 6HP

A striking landmark on the White Cliffs of Dover, this historic building was the site of Faraday's work in pioneering the use of electricity in lighthouses, and was the first to display an electrically powered signal. South Foreland was also used by Marconi for his successful wireless telegraphy experiments in 1898.

St Augustine's Abbey - English Heritage


This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church. The impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors.

Stoneacre - National Trust

Maidstone ME15 8RS

15th-century half-timbered yeoman's house, featuring a great hall and surrounded by glorious garden, orchard and meadows. A perfect example of a Wealden Hall-House, it is full of beautiful collections of furniture, wood and metal work.