Kent holidays are a tour through history
18 September 2012
If you're after a trip rich is history, then you should certainly consider caravan sites in Kent.
The region boasts plenty of attractions that will satisfy those with a thirst for the past, including Dover Castle and Leeds Castle.
Starting off as an Iron Age fort, Dover Castle has been a Roman lighthouse, an Anglo-Saxon settlement, a Norman earthwork and timber-stockaded castle, and a garrison, until King Henry II built the great stone castle in the 1160s. The site has been at the centre of much action, protecting the crossing between England and France. Its defences have been updated each time there has been a European war involving the UK.
Not to be outdone, Leeds Castle has also had an illustrious past. It was listed in the Domesday Book as a Saxon manner, and has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of royalty, a Jacobean country house, Georgian mansion, and retreat. It is now one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain and certainly worth a visit.
However, if castles aren't your thing, there is still lots to do in the area. Holly Buggins, marketing coordinator for VisitKent.co.uk, explained: "There's also the Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate and the vineyards in Biddenden. The Port Lympne animal park is great attractions that appeal to all ages - so I'd definitely recommend it.
"Canterbury Cathedral is something you can't come within the Kent area and not try and see while here."
The Cathedral dates back to 597 AD when St Augustine established his seat in Canterbury. It's also the site of the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170.
If you've been persuaded to head to Kent, why not stay at Bearsted Caravan Club Site in Maidstone, not far from Leeds Castle? Alternatively, try Black Horse Farm Caravan Club Site in Folkstone or the Daleacres Caravan Club Site in Hythe. Near the Kent Downs, Daleacres is particularly perfect for walkers and cyclists.