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Attractions In Maidstone: Things To Do When You Visit Maidstone   by Simon Haughtone

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The city of Maidstone, Kent has an extremely colourful past and is to found between Dover and the country's capital London. Because it has such a vibrant history, there are plenty of Maidstone attractions, which have people flocking to the area to see.
Even today, although there have been many changes taking place in this town, you can still get a feel for what it was like when it first became established. Just take a walk around the old parts of Maidstone and in some cases, it is like stepping back in time.

Below we take a look at some of the more popular attractions that visitors to this very historic and beautiful town like to spend time at.

1. Archbishops Palace - This was formerly part of the Manor of Maidstone and the actual building you see today was mostly built in the late 14th Century under the direction of Archbishop Courtenay. Originally, it was used as a place where the Archbishops could rest during their travels between London and Canterbury.

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Today however the building houses Kent Register Office and is only open to visitors during the summer when Heritage Open Days. However, groups may also visit the building at other times of the year but this needs to be arranged prior to the date when one is visiting the town. Attached to this building is The Apothecary's Garden and this can be viewed on a Wednesday afternoon between the months of May and August each year.
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2. Leeds Castle - Is one of the most beautiful castles in the world and was originally built back in 857 AD by a Saxon Lord. Then it became home to a Norman family during the time of William the Conqueror. However, it was in 1278 that this building then became a Royal Palace for the then King of England Edward I.

During the time that Edward I resided here, he had a fortified mill and the Barbican built on to the property that was standing there. Then for the next three centuries, it was a Royal residence where the six medieval queens of England resided and why it earned its reputation of being a "ladies castle". Today however, the castle is cared for by Leeds Castle Foundation and this ensures that its visitors will enjoy everything that it has to offer for generations to come.

3. The Friars - This is the final Maidstone attractions we are going to be taking a look at and which is well worth a visit if you choose to go to Maidstone. This was England's first Carmelite Priory and was established on the site where it now stands in 1242. However, in 1930 the mansion was very severely damaged when it caught fire. It was when major restructural work was being undertaken to repair the building that the original fabric of it was found. Then in 1949, the Carmelites were able to purchase the building and have now spent time restoring it to its former medieval glory.

Whatever you do, I'm sure that you will enjoy your visit to Maidstone.

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Hamlets Hotel and Restaurant Maidstone
This countryside hotel is located in Maidstone. Regional points of interest include Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral. Larkfield Priory Hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. 24-hour room service is available. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include wireless Internet access and audio-visual equipment. Event facilities consist of a ballroom, conference rooms, and banquet facilities. The staff can arrange wedding services and dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, multilingual staff, and a fireplace in the lobby. 
Maidstone Hilton
Situated in Bearsted Road, the Hilton Hotel Maidstone is close to the M20 motorway and 6 kilometres from the city centre, while the Gatwick Airport is 45 minutes by car. The Carriage Museum, Chatham Naval Museum, Dover Castle and Dover Cliffs as well as the Rochester Castle and Cathedral are the major attractions in Maidstone.  The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms that are beautifully appointed and come with an array of modern amenities to make your stay a memorable one.  Enjoy contemporary a la carte cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Seasons Restaurant. The Caffe Cino is an ideal place to relax with snacks and beverages.
Ramada Hotel Maidstone
Ramada Hotel Maidstone is the perfect base to discover the tranquillity and beauty of Kent, the Garden of England. With its attractive features and luxuries you are sure to return.  Set within its own 26 acres of ground and next to Leeds Castle, the Ramada Hotel and Resort Maidstone offers a glorious respite for your weekend retreat.  Visit the Arts Restaurant that offers relaxing surroundings and excellent food, and later, enjoy a drink in the friendly bar. For a lighter meal, you can choose from the Lounge Menu.  You can visit the regional attractions like the Chartwell or explore the world famous Leeds Castle.
Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Maidstone
Boasting impeccable service and tranquil ambience, the Marriott Tudor Park Hotel and Country Club assures immense pleasure throughout your holiday.  Located in the heart of Maidstone, this property is surrounded by the beautiful countryside and is proximity to the River Medway, Hop Farm, Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, while the London City is 48 kilometres away.  You can enjoy a wide range of international cuisines at the Fairview Restaurant as well as dine at the Long Weekend Restaurant and Bar that serves delectable international delights and varied exotic drinks.
Village Hotel Maidstone
This Maidstone property is conveniently situated near the airport. Regional points of interest include Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle. Village Maidstone has a health club, an indoor pool, a spa tub, a steam room, and a sauna. Business amenities at this 3.5-star property include a business center, complimentary wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Village Maidstone has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. Room service is available during limited hours. 
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