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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

  • Stoneacre

    Stoneacre by Andy Hunter

    Location: Otham

    15th century half timbered Yeoman's house featuring a great hall and crownpost, surrounded by...

  • Horse Riding - Coldblow Riding School

    Coldblow Riding School's Special Henson Horses

    Location: Thurnham

    Located on top of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Coldblow offers riding lessons...

  • Kent Downs & North Downs Way AONB

    Thurnham

    Location: Ashford

    The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally important, protected...

  • All Saints Church, Maidstone

    All Saints Church, Maidstone

    Location: Maidstone

    The Parish Church of the county town of Kent was largely built by Archbishop Courtenay (14th...

  • Maidstone Millennium River Park

    Millenium River Park

    Location: Maidstone

    Riverside walk along a 10km stretch of the River Medway from Teston picnic site through Maidstone's...

  • Maidstone Leisure Centre

    Maidstone Leisure centre

    Location: Maidstone

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

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