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13 best hidden gems in Kent to explore in 2024

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered across Kent.

Kent has some of the best countryside and even the best beaches in the whole of the UK, and with that comes the increase of tourists each year! However, there is more to see than just the White Cliffs of Dover and the interesting castles to see. So if you're looking to escape some of these crowds the next time in Kent; remember some of these little gems!

In this article, we share 13 of the best hidden gems in Kent which you need to add to your Kent bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!

1) Folkestone White Horse

A beautiful place with an impressive artwork of the white horse. There is actually a spectacular vantage point to look out across to France, and on a clear day you can even see the Calais clock tower.

2) Lydd Sound Mirrors

These amazing monolithic structures aren't just impressive to look at, they're actually still functional! Visitors can get up as close as 100m next to the sound mirrors and you might even hear people whispering at the far end if you're lucky! Baring in mind this is only on one of the open days at these Sound Mirrors.

3) Hothfield Waterfall

There aren't many waterfalls in Kent, and even though majority of the time this is more so a trickle of a waterfall, you should definitely see it after a day of rainfall! It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

4) Kings Wood Sculpture Trail

This little gem is a stunning 1500-acre ancient forest which is excellent for dog-walking. There are numerous routes through the forest with a cool sculpture trail. Be careful though as even though the routes are wide and clear, most trails aren't waymarked.

5) The West Malling Cascade

You'll be so surprised at how many people travel hundreds of miles to see West Malling's most famous landmark. It's a gorgeous place to visit for a day, with remnants of Victorian architecture to see as well.

6) Fort Amherst Heritage Trust

This is a great place to visit, especially for families. Visitors can enjoy a cool tunnel tour and a stunning view at the top of the fort. Some visitors even say it's possibly the best view of Chatham.

7) Abbot’s Cliff Sound Mirror

We would definitely recommend seeing this cool 100 year old technology. This is one of the best preserved examples and the most easily accessible. The views are worth a visit alone, but be prepared for some wind!

8) Madeira Walk Waterfall

The Madeira Walk Waterfall is such a relaxing place to spend some time; with a good amount of water tumbling over the main waterfall with many lesser waterfalls around it. Personally, we wouldn't make the trip especially to see this waterfall, but definitely check it out if you're in the area already.

9) Dumpton Gap

Dumpton Gap is a beautiful sandy beach with interesting little rocks further along. It is a secluded beach located between Ramsgate and Broadstairs, so it's perfect to escape the tourists crowds heading down to Kent.

10) Walpole Tidal Pool

The Walpole Tidal Pool was built in 1937 and is the perfect place for people to swim without interference with the tide. It's one of the oldest and biggest tidal pools in the UK, even the water quality is amazing! It's no wonder you see so many swimmers throughout the whole year.

11) Epple Bay Beach

A very small bay perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds when in Kent. We recommend checking the tides before you visit and also enjoying the view from the top of the cliff. When the tide is out there are some cool rock pools to keep the kids entertained!

12) Reculver Towers and Roman Fort

The imposing twin towers of the medieval church at Reculver dominate the skyline of Herne Bay, acting as a navigation marker for ships at sea. It's definitely worth a visit for an hour or so if you are in the area.

13) Shakespeare Beach

A gorgeous secluded beach which is quiet for most of the year (and you won't see the crowds of Dover here either!). The path to get to Shakespeare Beach is quite tricky so do take care. It's a nice pebbles beach for a brief walk or even meditate.

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered around Kent. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Kent trip even more memorable!

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