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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 happenning at the River Medway.

 The tour to Allington 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.

A Selection of Attractions

  • Bearsted Golf Course

    Bearsted Golf Club

    Location: Bearsted

    18-hole parkland golf course with view of the North Downs. Professional coaching available for...

  • Mote Park

    Mote Park

    Location: Maidstone

    450 acres of mature parkland with a 30 acre lake, providing a wide range of recreational activities...

  • The Friars - Aylesford

    The Friars

    Location: Maidstone

    The Carmelite Friary founded in 1242 was dispossessed at the dissolution of the monasteries by...

  • Cobtree Manor Golf Course

    Cobtree Manor Golf Course

    Location: Maidstone

    On the outskirsts of Maidstone the course has a stunning 18 hole layout, USGA-specification greens...

  • Maidstone Leisure Centre

    Maidstone Leisure centre

    Location: Maidstone

    Maidstone Leisure Centre is set in the attractive Mote Park surrounding a large lake for sailing...

  • Leeds Castle

    Leeds Castle

    Location: Hollingbourne

    Historic Leeds Castle set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, some of its many attractions include;...

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