Maidstone is one of the major towns in Kent with 3 trains stations all of which go to London within an hour.
It may not seem like a big town but it has a lot of character, all you have to do is look up when walking down Week Street to see the amazing architecture of the buildings that are so easily missed.
We have The Mall and Fremlins Walk for people who love to shop with shops such as John Lewis, Paper Chase, New Look, Waterstones, Yours, etc.
If you like history, we have the Maidstone Museum which is free to go in and look around with regular exhibits and activities for children going on.
Looking for somewhere to eat, there are plenty of places dotted around but Earl Street is what I like to call Restaurant Street. It has Prezzo, Zizzi, Pizza Express, Ask, Wildwood, Nandos, Scoopid, Five Guys and pubs like The Market Building and Druids that have live music every weekend.
I’ve lived in and around Maidstone for 13 years now and it still has surprises for me sometimes.
For a small town that is nearly in the middle of Kent making it super easy to get to most places by train (we have 3 train stations), there is plenty to do if you look in the right places, especially with the amount of history that we have in the town.
Here are my hidden gems in Maidstone.
This place is a Wetherspoons pub so if you are looking for cheap eats that don’t mind you having kids with you, this is the place. There is outdoor seating out the back but that is mainly used by smoker. It’s right in the middle of the town on Jubilee Square, you can’t miss it, it used to be a bank years and years ago so it is a big grand building.
Located directly opposite Muggleton Inn but this place has recently been voted one of the best pub gardens in Kent and if you visit it, you will see why. It has an amazingly huge outdoor seating area that people flock to on sunny days. The food isn’t bad either, I would recommend the nachos as they come out on a huge plate and can easily feed 3 people.
This is a little café just along King Street that does lovely food at a good price, the portions are huge as well. I usually go in there with my husband on a Saturday morning before we attempt to go shopping and have a full English breakfast but they do all sorts of dishes, there is something for everyone.
This is a lovely park at the top of town near Maidstone East train station. Lots of open space, a war memorial and a stage where little music festivals are felt throughout the summer. It’s a great place just to chill out in the sun.
This place doesn’t get nearly as much recognition for how awesome it is. It’s free to get in and there is so many exhibits to explore like Egypt, dinosaurs, the history of Maidstone, art, archaeology, costumes and textiles, natural history and biology, geology and Japanese art. You could spend all day here and then go to the café for a hot drink and cake.
This street is known to many are Restaurant Street because, as the name suggests, anywhere really worth eating is in this street. Nando’s, Zizzi, Prezzo, 5 Guys, Wildwood, Ask, Wagamama and so many more, you have such a wide range of options.
Pizza Hot 4 You
This place is my naughty treat place. When we have been for a night out, this is our first stop before going home as they have a 2-4-1 offer on all pizzas if you go into the shop. They don’t just do pizzas, they do friend chicken and kebabs as well. I love the food, it’s nothing special but it’s really good for the price. You will find the shop at the bottom of the High Street.
If you are looking for somewhere to chill out, the river bank is great. It’s best to be on the town side of the river as there are benches as you walk along. If you are facing the river with the town behind you, going right and walking along will bring you to Watman Park, going left will bring you to the Kentish Lady which is a boat ride up the river and back, the Archbishops Palace which was built in the 14th century with lovely gardens to sit in and pieces or art from local artists.
Well, that’s it for now, I hope this has given you a little insight into Maidstone and that one day you come and check out our lovely little town.
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