Kent is one of the home counties surrounding London in the southeastern part of England, and is a fascinating place to visit. Kent borders the River Thames and the North Sea to the north, and the Straits of Dover and the English Channel to the South. The county’s location makes it a link between London and continental Europe, and an attractive destination.
Kent’s history goes back to the Paelolithic era, and artifacts have been found from each era since. The west of the county was at one point occupied by Iron Age tribes. Later, in the 5th century, East Kent was a kingdom of the Jutes, and still later, it was known to be called Cantia in 730 and Cent in 835, showing the evolution of the name. The famous Canterbury-Britain’s center of Christianity, among other things-is located in the county, and the Canterbury tales were inspired by Kent.
Kent’s location has meant that it has been the first area to see many conflicts in war-giving it the nickname Hell Fire Corner during the Battle of Britain in World War II. Its ports play a central role in its history, and have served to provide warships for around 800 years-making Kent central to national security. But, Kent’s history in conflict goes far back. In fact, during the 11th century, North Kent is known for being industrial, including cement-making, brick making, aircraft design and construction, chemicals, papermaking, and oil refining. Traditionally, cement-making, papermaking, and coal mining have been important in Kent.
Kent is one of the warmest parts of Britain, and has some truly beautiful scenery-in good weather, from some locations, visitors and residents will be able to see France and the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Nicknamed the Garden of England, the county is a gardener’s dream.
Kent’s proximity to London means that there is truly something for everyone to do-and quite honestly, far too much to list! If one had to choose what sets Kent apart, it is its impressive history which is easily accessible to tourists through the many tourist sites.