Thriving with historic charm.

For more than 1,000 years Kent’s position as the closest point to the continent has left a legacy of historic fortifications designed to protect the country from foreign attacks. Kent’s coastline hosts some of the country’s finest castles and sea defences which tell their own story of Britain’s heritage.

Dover Castle is regarded as one of the most important and complete Norman fortresses in Britain, while its counterpart in Rochester still offers visitors the chance to gaze out over the mouth of the River Medway.

Chatham’s Historic Dockyard is another must-see attraction oozing with naval antiquities dating back to the days of Henry VIII.

Picturesque Lees Coastal Park in nearby Folkestone is popular with visitors and has a range of attractions for all members of the family.

Perhaps the most exciting way of viewing all of the attractions Kent has to offer is from the air and what better way than from the cockpit of the iconic Spitfire or Hawker Hurricane. Regular once-in-a-lifetime flights retracing the dog fights of the Battle of Britain above Kent are available from Headcorn Aerodrome.