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In Maidstone: Things To Do When You Visit Maidstone by Simon
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.
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.
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
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
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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.