Living in Kent
The five Trust hospitals are in the county of Kent in the south east corner of England. Kent has excellent links to both central London, via a high-speed rail line taking less than an hour to reach the capital, and to the rest of Europe and beyond via the Channel Tunnel which means fast and easy travel between England to France and beyond via train or road.
As England’s oldest county, Kent’s rich history has furnished it with stunning castles, gardens and stately homes; Rochester Cathedral dates from 604; Hever Castle and Gardens were the childhood home to King Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn, and roam through 900 years of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the twentieth century.
Kent’s variety means a huge choice of activities – its ancient woodlands, beaches and famous chalk White Cliffs of Dover offer beautiful places to walk, relax and enjoy nature, while its towns and cities provide excellent shopping. Its independent shops have everything from antiques through to designer labels, as well as the Bluewater shopping centre in Greenhithe which boasts more than 330 shops,restaurants to suit all tastes and a multiplex cinema.
Whether it’s a day on the beach in Whitstable or a weekend in Canterbury, there’s plenty to do in east Kent. If Canterbury and Whitstable are just a little bit too hustle and bustle for you, get off the train one stop earlier and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful and unappreciated surroundings of Faversham. The town, which is home to just 20,000 people, was voted the best town to live in Kent in 2021 in a recent survey.
The immense beauty of Kent’s countryside offers peace and relaxation, but you’ll never feel far from the bustle of culture-rich and diverse hubs such as Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Deal and Folkestone. Margate is one of the UK’s most popular destinations.
East Kent has excellent educational provision and a range of good and outstanding schools.
The cathedral city of Canterbury is a centre of educational excellence. It is home to the University of Kent and also to Canterbury Christ Church University, which provides training for many of our nurses. Canterbury also has three well regarded grammar schools, and three independent schools including The King’s School, a historic organisation founded in 597 AD, which shares a central precinct with the cathedral.
The arts scene thrives in Kent’s galleries and theatres; Margate’s Turner Contemporary art gallery has worldclass exhibitions of both contemporary and historical art, plus events and activities with free admission to the gallery. The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is fast becoming the south east’s top stage. Kent also boasts two areas designated of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Kent Downs and High Weald, and the county’s leisure centres, golf clubs and gyms mean it is easy to stay healthy and relax.
|Kent County Council's website|
|The BBC Kent local website|