If you’re looking for fun-filled days out in Maidstone, Kent for all the family, then look no further. We have all the information you need for the best local attractions.
Leeds Castle is 7 miles southeast of Maidstone. It is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. In the 13th century, the castle came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a dwelling for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It has been open to the public since 1976.
The castle is located 9 minutes from the hotel.
Mote Park is a huge green space in the heart of Maidstone and is extremely popular with both visitors and locals alike. Covering over 450 acres, it includes natural features such as grassland, woodland, rivers and a 30 acre lake. Entry to the park is free but you do have to pay for car parking.
Mote Park is located 10 minutes from the hotel.
Lovingly restored the distillery, sits in the heart of Maidstone Town Centre. Set in a beautiful building where the local community can learn about the distillery’s rich legacy. Guests can see the spirits being made first hand, and experience the art of distilling in a fun and exciting way.
Maidstone Distillery is 9 minutes from the hotel.
A visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a guaranteed adventure.
Return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that mastered the world’s oceans at Kent’s only VisitEngland ‘Gold Award’ attraction.
Test your sea legs on HMS OCELOT, a Cold War Submarine; explore HMS CAVALIER, a Second World War Destroyer and walk the deck of HMS GANNET, our Victorian Sloop. Watch our Master Ropemakers at work using centuries old techniques on our iconic Ropewalk and explore the Ropery gallery. Let your hearts set sail through the tides of history. A fantastic day out in Kent awaits.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is 26 minutes from the hotel.
The Kentish Lady 1 hour trips are perfect if you are visiting Maidstone for a shopping trip or heading up to the fantastic Kent Life Heritage Farm Park at Allington Lock, a trip on the Kentish Lady will certainly add a totally different element to your day.
Kentish Lady River Cruise is 9 minutes from the hotel.
The 28-acre site that constitutes Kent Life has evolved through the years from the historic Sandling Farm, an area that formed part of the wider Allington Castle estate in the mid 16th century – stretching some 461 acres – and was owned by Thomas Wyatt.
Kent Life is 5 minutes from the hotel.
Cobtree Manor Park has over 50 acres of parkland displaying a diverse and maturing collection of trees and shrubs. Standing on the site of the old Maidstone Zoo, the park features a themed play area, along with a sculpture trail, plenty of space for picnics, and a café serving hot and cold food and drinks.
The park is located 8 minutes from the hotel.
Balfour Winery is one of England’s leading wine producers, pioneers for both English traditional method sparkling wines, and a new wave of English still wines. Making over 400,000 bottles of still and sparkling wines each year, Balfour is one of England’s most respected and renowned wineries, combining world-class winemaking with a spirit of innovation.
Balfour Winery is 29 minutes from the hotel.
It represents the best of the traditional British seaside; not piers and donkey rides, but quirkiness and charm. There are beach huts, weatherboard cottages, fishing boats pulled up on the beach and the Neptune pub sits practically on the beach. There are a few other places to grab a bite to eat along the beach too, including the Whitstable Oyster Company restaurant if you fancy something a little upmarket.
Whitstable Beach is 30 minutes from the hotel.
At Wingham Wildlife Park we want to interact with you where ever we can, so give you a chance to hear our keepers talk about their favourite animals, followed by the ability to ask them some questions. They have a very busy day so this is always a great opportunity to have a quick chat with them! Our education team are also often on hand for a chat about our conservation work or to answer some of your more obscure questions.
Wingham Wildlife Park is 45 minutes from the hotel