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Visit Kent: getaway to Faversham and Canterbury Visit Kent
Why not treat yourself to a getaway in Kent, located only a few hours from Brussels, Lille and even Paris. Discover this charming county: invigorating countryside, traditional towns and villages and authentic cuisine. From the countryside to the coast, this region, which is also known as the Garden of England, is full of surprises... And Eurostar can get you there in a flash from Brussels, Lille or Paris.
Day 1 – Exploring Canterbury
Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City of Canterbury is one of the oldest cities in Great Britain, and has been the capital of Kent for many centuries. When visiting the city, don't forget to check out the famous cathedral.
Situated in the heart of Canterbury, Westgate Gardens is a series of interconnected gardens. Take a walk near Tower House, with its old stone tower overlooking the whole park. You can, for example, follow the canal that passes by this building right up to the train station, passing by locks, punts, monuments to victims of the two World Wars adorned with flowers and quotations, artists busy painting pictures of trees, and much more.
Take advantage of the fine weather to get lost in the streets of the town centre, or go for a stroll around the canals and gardens.
Spend your evening at Desson's, a British restaurant specialising in local cuisine, combining the traditional and the modern. And what's more, a large part of the menu is grown on their own smallholding. You can also try out the food at The Goods Shed, a Canterbury market restaurant offering a new seasonal menu every two days. The ingredients couldn't be any fresher!
Day 2 – The picturesque town of Faversham
Faversham is a market town steeped in history; in particular that of the enchanting world of Brogdale Farm, which has been home to the British National Fruit Collection since 1952 and is located just a stone's throw from King Henry VIII's orchard. Here you will find the largest collection of fruit trees and plants in the world (apples, pears, cherries, plums, shrubs, hazelnuts and even grapes).
The historical streets of Faversham offer many different places to stop for lunch. Just a few paces from the Shepherd Neame brewery is The Sun Inn, a pub dating back to the 14th century serving traditional food typical of the Kent region, usually accompanied by a pint of local beer.
Let's talk about beer. Known as the national drink of England, beer has been brewed at Faversham market since 1698, at Shepherd Neame Brewery, Britain's oldest brewer. This is the ideal place to spend 80 minutes learning about this ancient art (and the techniques used in the 21st century). And to top it all off there's a tasting session at the end of the tour!
The seaside town of Margate
Day 3 – Whitstable, the Pearl of Kent
A coast town and seaside resort in South East England, Whitstable, also known as the Pearl of Kent, is famous for its oysters. Every year in July, the town holds an oyster festival. Many of the town's restaurants and pubs offer the chance to taste a range of delicacies from the sea. Why not buy them directly from the fishermen at the port's market too?
As for accommodation, we recommend staying the night at Shepherd Neame's The Marine Hotel, located in the heart of Whitstable.
Day 4 – Invigorating coastal air: Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate
From Whitstable station, head for Margate. The seaside resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate boast the biggest concentration of micropubs in the county. Take a trip to the port, with the Turner Contemporary modern art gallery close by, to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the town.
Next, take a taxi (about £6) from Margate to Quex Barn and sample the abundance of farm produce on offer. You can buy products from the butchers, delicatessen and fishmongers, to name just a few.
To round off this busy day, have dinner at The Ambrette restaurant, selected as one of The Times' best restaurants. The food combines modern and traditional Indian cuisine. You could also try G B Pizza, praised by The Guardian, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail. This Italian restaurant serves delicious pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven with a magnificent view over Margate's golden beaches. What more could you want?
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