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By the River Medway

Kentish Lady River Boat and Archbishops PalaceIn the heart of the town is the River Medway where visitors can enjoy a relaxing trip down the river to Allington or to the rural village of Teston. Take in the idyllic scenery of  Maidstone Millennium River Park on board either the Kentish Lady River Boat or hire a self drive hire boat from the Allington Belle at Fords Marine. With river Medway trips and the Maidstone Festival, there is a plenty of activity and attractions happening along the River Medway.

A river trip to Allington Lock can be combined with a visit to Kent Life  an award-winning open-air museum where historic buildings house exhibitions on life in Kent over the last 150 years. 

The River Medway’s important role in Maidstone’s colourful history is reflected in some of the landmark attractions scattered along its banks. The All Saints Conservation Area has a fascinating complex of medieval buildings in an enchanting riverside setting with historic gems such as All Saints Church, known as ‘one of the grandest perpendicular churches in England’. The Archbishops' Palace, built of Kentish ragstone, was used by the Archbishops of Canterbury as a resting place when travelling to London.  The Maidstone Carriage Museum  has a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles, housed in the Palace stables.

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