Maidstone Mini Guide
Tell me About the Town
Maidstone is a town in the heart of Kent, England. It is 51km south east of London
. The River Medway runs through the centre, it used to be a route and a means of trading in the town’s history. Paper mills and breweries became a feature of the town and were the most successful industries.
How do I get There?
There are 2 train stations in the town, if you are travelling from London you’ll arrive at Maidstone East. Should you be travelling from Gatwick Airport
, you will arrive at Maidstone West. Buses are available in the town centre, from The Mall and the High Street, so you can explore the local area. If you have a car, Maidstone is easily accessible from the A20/M20 from London and the M25 for the rest of the UK.
What can I see in the Town?
For a little culture, spend a few hours at the Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery. To discover more about the town’s past and how the locals used to live, visit the Kent Life open air museum.
What can I eat?
You will find plenty of places to eat there, whatever your palate. Visit the restaurants in Pudding Lane or Union Street for the best in international cuisine or search out a cosy country pub for something traditional.
Can I Shop There?
There are 2 main shopping centres, Fremlin Walk and The Mall for all your high street names or you can look for more unusual items at the Royal Star Arcade or Bank Street.
What Else can I do?
Take a relaxing cruise along the Medway River on the ‘Kentish Lady’ or spend a day at the beautiful Leeds Castle, 7kms outside of Maidstone.
Are There any Special Events?
The town has numerous events throughout the year. One of the most popular is the River Festival, held in July each year, celebrating the Medway River’s importance in Maidstone’s history.
For a flavour of what life was like in Kent in the past you should visit the Museum of Kent Life. The county thrived on agriculture and the museum details the everyday lives of workers in the fields from lost eras.
If you’ve hired a car you must visit Leeds Castle, just outside the town and described as the most beautiful castle in the world. The buildings and setting are stunning and a tour will surprise you as, up until recently, it was a home and is decorated in an early 20th century style in the parts that were inhabited.