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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

  • Kent Life - Heritage Farm Park

    Kent Life Children's Day Out

    Location: Maidstone

    Heritage and family fun sit side by side in Kent Life’s beautiful and historical 28 acre grounds,...

  • Clare Park

    Tennis at Clare Park

    Location: Maidstone

    Clare Park is the first park in Maidstone to have achieved green Flag Status, which recognises the...

  • 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...

  • Hazlitt Arts Centre

    Hazlitt Arts Centre

    Location: Maidstone

    The Hazlitt Arts Centre offers a varied programme from popular music & famous names to drama &...

  • Bearsted Golf Course

    Bearsted Golf Club

    Location: Bearsted

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

  • Brenchley Gardens

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    Location: St Faith's Street

    Situated in the town centre between Maidstone East Station and Maidstone Museum, Brenchley Gardens...

By the River Medway

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