Kent has all the ingredients for a great family holiday. Discover award-winning family beach bays with golden sands around the Thanet Coast at Broadstairs and Margate, or base yourself on the Channel Coast around Dymchurch and Hythe with their fantastic family beaches, many all inclusive holiday/ caravan parks and easy access to family attractions including Port Lympne animal park and the miniature Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Find all inclusive affordable holiday parks around the coast, hundreds of family friendly cottages across the Kent High Weald and Downs, and B&Bs with family en-suite rooms or modern apartments in Canterbury, a family city break to beat all with popular attractions like The Canterbury Tales.
Places to stay for families
Kent family hotels, both budget and luxury, are widely available in Canterbury, and in large towns and hub seaside resorts, offering essentials such as spacious family rooms, children’s menus, cots available and parking. Family friendly B&Bs are also numerous in the centre of large towns and the region’s capital city Canterbury. Or if you’re looking for a great value all inclusive holiday package book a Kent family holiday park on the coast around Whitstable/ Seasalter, Sheerness, the Isle of Sheppey and on the south coast in the Dymchurch and Hythe area.
Family friendly cottages are across the region’s coast and countryside whether you’re looking for a stylish modern cottage near Ramsgate Marina or a family bolthole in the Weald or Downs near walking and cycling trails! Iconic Kent oast houses and large holiday barns are perfect for extended family groups and the family pet too!
Family Attractions/ Activities
Kent has a range of family attractions and activities. Come rain or shine, there’s a top family day out in Kent to keep the kids happy. Well known favourites include Dickens World and the Historic Dockyard both in Chatham, North Kent or base yourself in or around county town Maidstone and be close to two great family attractions – Kent Life, the region’s ultimate rural heritage experience and the nearby Leeds Castle Estate with acres of spectacular gardens and grounds, family cycling, a maze, restaurants, shops and more.
Explore the region’s two wild animal parks – Howletts near Canterbury and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Hythe. You’re also spoilt for choice on family friendly outdoor activities. Look to the heritage coast and White Cliffs Country for family cycling and gentle cliff top walks. Fancy trying a spot of watersports or sailing. Whitstable, Sheerness and the Isle of Sheppey are all a great spots for a family watersports break with the Swale waters right on your doorstep, or book a family cottage or apartment near world class Ramsgate Marina!
Many of Kent’s castle and stately home estates extend a warm welcome to families offering special children’s visitor packs and year round family events. Children will be fascinated by the mighty castle Keep and a tour down the Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle or head to Knole at Sevenoaks to see the deer park.
Kent also hosts many first class family festivals and events ranging from summer jousting at Hever Castle to the popular children’s festival in Canterbury annually in late May. Other fantstic family events in the region include the big agricultural summer show at the County Showground near Maidstone and Dickens Festivals in Rochester and Broadstairs.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.