Known as The Garden of England, with its many picturesque villages and surroundings, the county of Kent is in the south east of England. Here you will find castles, cathedrals, countryside, coastlines, and cottages. Being the closest part of England to France and the rest of the continent, Kent has both transport and passenger ports, with Dover being the largest. 

Places to visit


Canterbury Cathedral, Dover castle and white cliffs, Hever castle, Leeds castle, Chartwell, Dreamland, Ightham Mote, Lullingstone Roman villa.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Lesley Cookman

Alex Brown

Jane Wenham-Jones

Charles Dickens

Geoffrey Chaucer

Noel Coward

Ian Fleming (Kent mentioned numerous times in James Bond)

W. Somerset Maugham

H E Bates

Roald Dahl (lived in Bexley)

H G Wells.

Map  by Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons. Not affiliated with The Travelling Reader.

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