26 Jun 2014

Places To Visit In Kent | Guest Post

Hey everyone,

After my last blog 'thinking about what you are going to do this summer', check out this Guest Post if you are looking for ideas. Personally I love Leeds castle with its tranquil setting, maze, little boat trip and a chance to get on a Segway!

The Best Castles and Stately Homes to Visit with Kids and Young People in Kent

History needn't be boring. In fact, what with all the King's, Queen's, Knights and Pirates, there's something in the UK's unique and incredibly rich history that all children/young people will identify with. So why not take a trip to one of our amazing castles and stately homes this summer with the kids/friends and let your imaginations run wild? Some with the best facilities are:

Leeds Castle

Despite the name suggesting it's a castle in the northern city of Leeds, it is actually situated in the Kent countryside. This beautiful moated castle was once home to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, however it now houses the world's only dog collar museum, along with many interesting artefacts from its history. The surrounding parklands are just amazing. You’ll find beautiful lakes, stunning walks, a maze and an underground grotto, falconry displays and some fantastic kids playgrounds. 

At The Knight's Realm Playground, kids can enjoy a scale model of the castle, climb the Maiden's Tower, scale the walls, cross the rope bridge, explore the secret tunnels underneath the castle and brave the aerial runway. The Squire's Courtyard Playground is perfect for younger children and is again shaped just like a castle, with slides, swings and towers to climb. You'll also find Go Ape, the treetop adventure trail, at the castle, along with a Segway experience, which offers the chance to tour the 500 acres of parkland surrounding this beautiful castle in a somewhat different manner. Add to that the amazing hot air balloon trips you can take from the grounds and you have a day out you won't forget in a hurry. 

(Photography lilcdesigns apart from the one on the right)

Hever Castle

Another beautiful castle that is so much more than just a castle. Here you'll find a fantastic maze that was planted in 1904 and has been popular with children and adults alike ever since. You'll also find a water maze  which will keep the kids happy for hours - just remember to bring a change of clothes for the kids! Skirts and summer dresses for girls and shorts and T shirts for the boys (and you if you have to go in after them) are fine on warm days. You'll find some great deals on skirts from George at Asda which are just perfect for keeping cool when you're running around after the kids in the summer heat. The water maze is lots of fun and is activated by stepping on certain stones along the path, so you can soak someone infront of you by stepping on a particular stone. Challenge the kids to make it round without getting wet and you'll keep them entertained for hours!

Other fantastic places to visit this summer with the kids in Kent are Penshurst Place, which has an excellent treetop play area, and Dover Castle where they'll love exploring the myriad of tunnels beneath the castle itself - some are said to go right beneath the town and into the legendary White Cliffs of Dover. With such an amazing history, Kent really is a wonderful place to visit with children to watch them experience and learn about history in a way only they know how. 
So grab your brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews then head out for a trip around an amazing castle.

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