Top Things to do in Maidstone

Explore Leeds Castle

Considered one of the most romantic castles in England, this historic site was originally the stately home of the Saxon royal family during the reign of Ethelbert IV in 856-860.

Look around the amazing castle and grounds as well as visit The Gatehouse Exhibition. Also within its extensive grounds you can discover the 12-hole adventure golf course, maze experience, falconry displays, punting on the Moat, Black Swan Ferry boat experience and Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Segway tours – there is so much to explore and display at Leeds Castle!

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Get in touch with Nature at Mote Park

Mote Park is a huge green space in the heart of Maidstone covering over 450 acres. It has been voted one of the top 3 parks in the UK in the People’s Choice for their favourite Green Flag Park. It includes natural features such as grassland, woodland, rivers and a 30 acre lake over the over 450 acres. The park is perfect for walking and cycling with lots of paths and trails to follow. For the more adventurous, there is a BMX track. The jumps and spins add an extra dimension and the track offers a great challenge for those bringing their bikes on holiday.

Shopping & Eating out

With a plethora of coffee shops and restaurants available right on your doorstop you can enjoy a quick lunch or coffee or visit your local pub to grab some drinks on a Friday evening to ring in the weekend!

If you love shopping then you will love Maidstone; a place well known for its fantastic retail offer with a fabulous array of shops.

If you love shopping then you will love Maidstone; a place well known for its fantastic retail offer with a fabulous array of shops. Leading off the High Street is Week Street, the main pedestrianised shopping street. From here you can easily wander into Fremlin Walk, a stylish open air shopping centre with a House of Fraser store, where you will find many well-known high street brands.

The Mall is a spacious indoor shopping centre that can be accessed off King Street with a great variety of quality stores. On the other side of the River Medway, you can find St. Peter’s Wharf: the location of large homeware, clothes and crafts stores. You will also find the Broadway Shopping Centre, and twice a week Maidstone Market takes place at Lockmeadow. On the outskirts of town near Junction 7 there is Newnham Court Shopping Village and Eclipse Park.

Escape Rooms

What better way to socialise with your housemates than to challenge yourselves in an exciting escape room?

In Maidstone, you’re spoilt for choice and there are a range of different games to choose from. 

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Maidstone Distillery

Maidstone Distillery offers a fantastic 90 minute distillery tour and guided gin making experience where you can enjoy a session of spirited fun in the beautiful surroundings of the historic market buildings.

They will warmly welcome you with a George Bishop gin and tonic at our bar before they take you through to their experience room. Here we delve into the fascinating story of distilling right here in the county town of Kent that spans over 200 years, and learn about the processes they use to create their fine hand crafted spirits today. You will get to see their beautiful still and equipment up close, before it’s time again back at the bar for a tutored tasting of our spirits as we talk about the inspiration behind them.

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If you love animals, then there is a huge range of animal related experiences you can discover in Maidstone and the surrounding areas.

From Kent Owl Academy which is a family run business and offers a range of owl experience days within Kent, to Kent Life Farm, Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats which is home to over 140 goats and provides care to an additional 130 goats in foster homes. There are so many different places where you can support these businesses doing amazing things to help animals!

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