They call it the Regal Golf Coast. Kent’s coastline in Southeast England is home to some of the most challenging golfing links in the world regularly hosting famous visitors and major championships alike.
World class golf.The prestigious Royal St George’s has hosted the British Open Championship, the world’s oldest “Major”, on 14 occasions including the memorable event in 2011 won by Darren Clarke, with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson tied for second. Only 4 miles away lies the undulating links and dramatic greens of Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, host to the Open on two previous occasions and now one of three final qualifying courses for the Open. It is a place where all who visit leave with a feeling of having experienced something special. Another final qualifying courses in the area is Princes boasting a 27-hole links layout having been the host for the Open in 1932, and many other amateur and professional championships. Golfers will also enjoy other courses in the region such as Rye, Old Course, and Walton Heath in Surrey.
Historic hotels and manor houses welcome Classic Heritage Golf Tour client, such as Eastwell Manor in Kent, The Bell Hotel, Wallets Court, White Cliffs Hotel, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge and Ashdown Park Hotel
Away from the fairways it is worth spending time exploring Kent’s rich heritage, countryside and towns. The world famous cathedral city of Canterbury the internationally known White Cliffs of Dover and the strategically placed mighty fortress of Dover Castle with its magnificent Henry II Great Tower provide both quality visitor experiences as well as fascinating cultural attractions to enthrall visitors of all ages.
Combine all this with award winning restaurants, revered village pubs and extensive coastlines.
Ten More Great Reasons to Come to Kent
Unique highlights from city, coast and countryside
On the doorstep of the Continent and 45 minutes from London, the county of Kent has many highlights:
1. Heritage – Kent is the oldest county in England
Canterbury is among the oldest cities with a continuous history.
2. Cathedrals – Kent is home to the two oldest Cathedrals in England
As soon as you step into the magnificent interior of Canterbury Cathedral you can sense the deep stirrings of history and worship stretching right back to AD 597. The Mother Church of the Anglican Communion has a rich tradition of welcoming visitors, ever since medieval pilgrims were drawn to the spot where in 1170 Thomas Becket was murdered. Rochester Cathedral, founded in AD 604, is the second oldest cathedral in England. The Cathedral recently unveiled the first real fresco to be painted in an English cathedral for nearly 800 years
3. Castles – Kent has more castles and historic houses than any other county.
Dover Castle, commanding the shortest sea crossing to the Continent, has been known for centuries as the Key to England, Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, echoes with romance. Other castles in include Walmer Castle, Deal Castle, Leeds Castle, Rochester Castle and Upnor Castle.
4. Gardens – Kent is the Garden of England and its gardens are world renowned.
With 180-plus to choose from, there’s one to match your every mood
5. Coast – tour the Kent coast, following The Maritime Heritage Trail
Enjoy the captivating sandy bays of Broadstairs, Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday resort. Others with distinctive character are Joss Bay, Viking Bay is perfect for families and swimming, Whitstable and Herne Bay, nestling on the north Kent coast.
6. Maritime Heritage
The most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, spans over 400 years of maritime history and was the place where the ships that defeated the Spanish Armada and Napoleon’s forces were built. Much more fascinating maritime history can be explored at Dover Museum, Ramsgate, the country’s only Royal Harbour, or at the full-size replica Viking Ship at Pegwell Bay, commemorating the arrival of Hengist and Horsa in AD 449.
7. The White Cliffs of Dover
Amazing but true: it took 80 million years to form the White Cliffs of Dover from the crushed remains of billions of tiny sea-dwelling plants and animals.
8. Countryside – Some 6,876 km of footpaths criss-cross the Kent countryside
9. Food and wine – The Garden of England is renowned for its fruit production
Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer and you’ll find its pubs, full of character, scattered throughout the county, where you can sip handcrafted ales full of spicy Kentish hops
10. Famous connections, authors and artists
Follow 17th-century Indian Princess Pocahontas to St George’s Church, Gravesend, and Dickens to locations for Great Expectations and The Pickwick Papers in Rochester. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales was the first book to be printed in England, in 1476 and Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to Goodnestone Park Gardens, near Canterbury. The artist JMW Turner lived in Margate and claimed the area has ‘the loveliest skies in Europe’. Have a drink in The Duck Inn at Pett Bottom where – You Only Live Twice – 007’s adventures took shape, or dare to enter Arthur Conan Doyle’s Valley of Fear!