Car rental in Maidstone is also really handy for journeying around this pleasant town...
Straddling the River Medway in the heart of Kent, Maidstone's historic buildings and waterside setting make this an attractive place in which to spend many pleasurable days. There are museums and art galleries, boat trips along the meandering river, golf courses and family attractions, plus all the usual shops, cafés and restaurants that plug the gaps between sightseeing. If that wasn't enough to fill your time here, the magnificent Leeds Castle is on the doorstep of town. Phew! Where to start?
You could get your bearings first off with an unhurried trip along the River Medway, which slices Maidstone in half. Maidstone Museum and the Bentlif Art Gallery, which occupy an Elizabethan manor house, familiarise visitors with the heritage of Kent.
For outdoor adventures in Maidstone, use your hire car to journey into the western reaches of the Kent Downs, which cross the northern part of town, or visit Mote Park - a blissful slice of English countryside, whatever the weather. A 10-minute drive north of central Maidstone is Kent Life, a terrific farm experience for all the family.
Leeds Castle is a mere 15-minute drive to the east of Maidstone. One of Kent's highlights, the solid walls of this imposing waterside castle store many beguiling tales and there's much to do here, come rain, snow, sun or whatever else the British skies have to offer.
Pre-book your Maidstone hire car to find the best deals; you can compare prices when you enter your requirements into TravelSupermarket's search tool. Pick up your vehicle at a convenient location in downtown Maidstone as the open road beckons. So where will you go?
It's worth investing in car hire; Maidstone is well placed for explorations of Kent and further afield...
Traditional seaside towns; cliff-top rambles; cobbled streets that meander through ancient cities; caves; castles; gardens; nature reserves; and a trail that follows in the footsteps of 007 himself, James Bond: Kent's garden is overflowing with prize blooms and there is no need to leave this county to enjoy a terrific holiday.
The beaches on the north-east corner of Kent prove to be very popular with visitors. From the pebbles and fresh oysters of Whitstable, through busy Margate and down to Deal, where fishing boats line the beach, there's a special coastal spot for every kind of tourist.
The city of Canterbury is a must-see during visits to Kent and it takes only 40 minutes to drive from Maidstone to this historic and beautiful destination. Crowds flock to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canterbury, which has been recognised for its important role as the cradle of English Christianity. The site includes the always impressive Canterbury Christchurch Cathedral, as well as St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church.
The iconic and much-photographed White Cliffs of Dover can be seen in less than an hour from Maidstone. Visit Dover Castle while you are in the area to create an unforgettable day trip.
Bond author Ian Fleming visited England's garden often as he owned a beach house here. He littered his books with mentions of Kent and there are many ways to explore the literary connections to the county.