10 of the prettiest places to live in Kent

River Stour, Cantenbury © Marcel Musil, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

River Stour, Cantenbury © Marcel Musil, Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) - Credit: Archant

We have hand selected ten of the most picturesque places to live in Kent.



Historic houses and shops and a rich history make Tenterden not only a pretty town but a fascinating one. Originally one of the Cinque Ports it is now a thriving and beautiful place with lots of life. It hosts annual festivals, Christmas markets, and a May Fayre.


Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is a hugely popular tourist attraction, but it is not just this that draws the crowds to this city. With cobbled streets and historic buildings that epitomise the quaint British character, Canterbury is consistently one of the most visited cities in the country.



Famous for oysters that have been collected there since Roman times, Whitstable is a picturesque little seaside town on the north coast of Kent and hosts the Whitstable Oyster Festival every year. There are cupcake coloured houses and rustic coffee shops galore.



With the famous white cliffs and home to the ferry that takes passengers over to Calais, Dover has historically been a place from which people enter and leave Britain. But to stop in the town of Dover and explore is a treat: with museums, Dover Castle, gardens, plenty of cafés and pubs, there is lots to do.



Sandwich is a beautifully preserved medieval town with lots of attractions including nature reserves, historic churches, gardens, and much more.


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The market town of Faversham is located between the rural countryside of the Kent Downs and the coastal wetlands. It has lots of unique independent shops and over 500 listed buildings sending you back in time.



With rivers and countryside, old churches and a traditional village atmosphere, Yalding is a quintessentially British dwelling in the borough of Maidstone.



This lovely town is home to Knole House, the 15th century grand country house which is a local attraction surrounded by Knole park famous for its deer. The house has been used as a set for films such as The Other Boleyn Girl and more.



Also used as a set for dramas, Chilham is a traditionally British village. With pubs dating back to the 16th century and home to quaint tea shops as well, this is the place to go for a break from the hustle and bustle of urban living.



There has been a settlement in the current location of Folkestone for thousands of years which means this is truly an ancient place. With lots of art galleries and museums, there is plenty to do and see in this charming town.

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