Maidstone: The County Town of Kent
Maidstone is the county town of Kent – situated in the south east corner of the UK. The River Medway runs straight through the town, eventually joining up with the Thames Estuary. This large and historically important town is the subject of a 3-million-pound regeneration project set to make it an even more desirable destination in years to come.
In the town centre Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery displays local and national artefacts, whilst All Saints Church serves as an instantly recognisable landmark. Shoppers can find high street chains and independent outlets at one of the town’s three shopping centre – Fremlin Walk, The Mall and Newnham Court Shopping Village.
On the outskirts stunning 900-year-old Leeds Castle (nicknamed ‘the loveliest castle in the world’) sits within acres of landscaped gardens and verdant green grounds, complete with falconry and maze. Kent Downs (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is also nearby, stretching to the White Cliffs of Dover to the south. Mote Park and Leybourne Lakes Country Park are ideal for a stroll taking in the fresh air and spotting local wildlife. The area is also rich in history – Kits Coty House lies to the north, home to the remains of two stone megalithic burial chambers. 15th century yeoman’s house Stoneacre offers a glimpse into the area’s agricultural past.
Maidstone is 40 miles from London, 36 miles from Folkestone and 41 miles from Dover. Excellent fares are available by rail from London – with two easily accessible stations in the town – Maidstone West and Maidstone East.