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Occupying a perfect position in the cultural and quintessential county of Kent, Maidstone is a veritable feast of English custom. Famed for its regal residences, illustrative galleries and refined restaurants, the town is unanimously hailed as one of England’s most traditional urban examples. Maidstone enjoys a vibrant and vivacious atmosphere brought to life by its exuberant eateries and bustling bars; an evening in the town’s centre will prove an enjoyable and energetic experience. Those following cultural pursuits will be delighted by the epic sights that await them.
The commanding (and confusing) Leeds Castle is an impressive and imposing structure that resides near Maidstone and not the northern city of Leeds, as its name suggests. Dating back to the 11th century, the commanding castle boasts an imperial location amongst 500 acres of picturesque parkland. Endless attractions add an element of entertainment to this solemn structure, and include falconry shows, labyrinthine mazes and an exhibition centre that speaks eloquently of the past.
Maidstone is the departing point for remarkable river boat trips that journey upon the calm waters of the Kent countryside. Immersive tours take travellers through England’s illustrious past by informatively presenting facts about the castles, palaces and villages passed on the compelling cruise. The journey ends at Farleigh Lock, a picturesque place where sailors can enjoy a relaxed picnic or some traditional fish and chips.
Famed for its seafood specialities and pristine presentations, Fish on the Green is an elegant eatery whose creative culinary concepts wow even the harshest critics. Relax in the modern and chic surroundings before sampling signature dishes such as roasted monkfish, garlic steamed mussels and pan fried halibut. Deserts are sure to delight with classic English indulgences such as sticky toffee pudding. (Church Lane, Bearsted, Maidstone, ME14 4EJ, UK)