Every month we’re doing a segment on the best places to go on a UK road trip with your classic car. Kent is known as the Garden of England, due to its stunning countryside and gorgeous scenery. There’s plenty to see and do while you’re in the area, from visiting the Cliffs of Dover, to exploring Romney Marsh.
Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Ashford
Animal lovers will definitely want to stop off in Ashford and head to the Port Lympne Wildlife Park. It’s home to over 700 animals, including grey wolves, gorillas, spectacled bears, tigers, painted dogs and Rothschild giraffe. The park is set over 600 acres, with authentic landscapes that will transport you to remote regions of Africa and Asia.
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
Leeds Castle is one of the most well preserved castles in the UK, having been built in 1119 as a Norman stronghold. Over the centuries it’s served as the property of six medieval queens, a palace for Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon and a Jacobean country house. As well as spending time in the castle, you’ll be able to walk around the grounds and take part in regular events.
Cliffs of Dover
Considered an icon of Britain, the White Cliffs have acted as a symbol of home and defence during times of war. They were formed by ice-age floods and are made out of chalk. Walking along the Cliffs of Dover will give you spectacular views of the English Channel and you’ll also be able to learn about the military history of the area.
Shell Grotto, Margate
Located in Margate, the Shell Grotto is a subterranean passageway and chamber. It’s worth visiting to see the intricate seashell mosaics that adorn the walls. A lot of mystery surrounds the place, with the purpose of the grotto still debated to this day. Some historians claim it was used as a prehistoric astronomical calendar, while others say it was a meeting place for the Knights Templar.
Romney Marsh is often referred to as The Fifth Continent because of its natural beauty and rich heritage. As well as being an important nature reserve for rare wildlife like seals and great crested grebe, the marsh is home to many historical sites. This includes a medieval farmstead, the royal military canal and the moat located in Dymchurch. There’s something eerily beautiful about Romney Marsh that will stay with you for the rest of your life