Kent, the Garden of England, in photos

The moat at Hever Castle, Kent. © Angela Dampier/Alamy
Beautiful Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Credit: Angela Dampier/Alamy

Take a tour of Kent’s lush valleys, which are home to moated castles, medieval manor houses, and some of our nation’s best-preserved ancient villages.

The moat at Hever Castle, Kent
Beautiful Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Credit: Angela Dampier/Alamy

The Victorian Novelist Charles Dickens summed up the county of Kent as he saw it in The Pickwick Papers, when he wrote: “Kent, Sir – everybody knows Kent – apples, cherries, hops and women.”

Having lived in Chatham for a few years as a child and near Rochester for much of his adult life, Dickens knew Kent well and many references to the county can be found in his novels – the Kent marshes, for instance, create an atmospheric backdrop in Great Expectations.

Kent’s history has also been influenced by its proximity to the continent, the people who have travelled through it, and its relationship to London – the furthest tip of Kent is just 85 miles from the capital.

To read our full feature on historic Kent see the September/October 2015 issue of BRITAIN.

Scroll down for beautiful images of Kent

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A poppy field at dawn near Barham. Credit: VisitEngland/Alex Hare
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Flower borders at Goodnestone Park. Credit: VisitBritain/David Sellman
The White Horse pub, Chilham
The White Horse pub in Chilham Village. Credit: Travel Pictures Ltd
Oast house, Kent
Oast houses like this one are a familiar sight in Kent. Credit: Travel Pictures Ltd
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Penshurst Place and Gardens. Credit: VisitBritain/David Sellman
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The ruins of Scotney Castle. Credit: Travel Pix Collection/AWL Images Ltd
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Lovely Leeds Castle and its moat at sunset. Credit: Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy

To read our full feature on historic Kent see the September/October 2015 issue of BRITAIN.

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