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Kent is a county in South East England that has a population of over 1.4 million people. As one of Britain’s home counties, it's one of the eight counties surrounding London; including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex , Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Affectionately known as 'The Garden of England', the county features some truly breathtaking natural scenery. From the famous white cliffs, to its numerous beautiful Blue Flag beaches and 350 miles of glorious coastline, Kent is a haven for families and watersports enthusiasts alike.
Kent includes the famous towns of Canterbury, Rochester, Maidstone and Dover all of which provide a rich and varied selection of entertainment, retail and leisure activities.
The county’s transportation links include a healthy motorway network, a number of different bus service providers, a high speed train route to France and a robust overground train network.
Sections of the M2, M20, M25 and M26 can all be found in Kent. In fact, with over 173km of motorway road within the borders of the county, Kent currently has more motorways by distance than any other county in the UK
Kent has great commuter links, including access to the channel tunnel rail link now known as High Speed 1, which links Kent with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France. The journey along the 31.4 mile rail tunnel links Kent to mainland Europe in just 35 minutes.
Kent is home to some of the most prestigious schools in the country, with a wide selection of state-funded and self-governing institutions. The county has a large number of Primary Schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, as well as high-performing secondary and grammar schools, including Dartford Grammar School, The Folkestone School for Girls, and The Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells.
Kent also has four major universities – Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, University of Greenwich and University for the Creative Arts – all with campuses throughout the county. And with its excellent transport links, Kent provides easy access to universities across London.
There are a number of large businesses that have chosen Kent as their base. You’ll find P&O Ferries in Dover, Saga Group in Folkstone, BAE Systems in Rochester, Abbott Laboratories in Maidenhead and Sittingbourne, Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham and Laing O’Rourke in Dartford, offering some exciting employment opportunities across a range of sectors.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a family day out, or experience some of Kent’s rich heritage, you’ll find a host of attractions to choose from. Children will love The Big Cat Sanctuary, home to 16 different species of big and small cats, as well as theme parks including Buckmore Park, Dymchurch Amusement Park and Diggerland.
Historic sites include Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle, with their beautiful architecture and picturesque surroundings. If you want to delve deeper into Kent’s history, pay a visit to Canterbury Roman Museum, Dover Transport Museum or St Augustine’s Abbey. For a unique way to explore Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, relax on a traditional punt and choose from one of their entertaining river tours.
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