Budget hotels in Maidstone
A bustling town center with a myriad of museums, some gorgeous galleries, and plenty of traditional pubs as well as contemporary British restaurants, Maidstone's got plenty going for it. Its location amid the rolling green hills and flower-filled meadows of Kent's countryside also makes it a good base for lovers of the great outdoors, while its links to London mean you can easily enjoy a day out in the culture-packed capital.
Things to see
Located just a few miles from Maidstone town center is Leeds Castle. And what a majestic sight it is. Encircled by a mighty moat and surrounded by acres and acres of lovingly landscaped grounds, the turreted stone complex shimmers in the sun and looks like something out of a fairytale – it's no surprise it's been dubbed the loveliest castle in the world. Inside there's a treasure trove of antique furnishings, detailed tapestries, and centuries-old paintings, while its grounds play host to jousting re-enactments and there's a massive lush green maze to get lost in. There are parks aplenty in Maidstone, the largest of which, Mote Park, occupies a massive 450 acres. Here you can go boating on its gleaming lake, amble along mile upon mile of walking trails or simply sit back on its lush green grass and watch the bright white swans play and preen. Teston Bridge Country Park runs along the River Medway and it's here you can cast off and fish its fruitful waters or play with the kids on the swings and slides. For a glimpse into the past, White Horse Wood Country Park is where you'll find the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle, as well as traces of an Iron Age settlement. Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there's also a mature wooded area here too with over 20,000 silver birch, oak, ash, crab apple, and wild cherry trees.
Hotels in Maidstone
Maidstone's home to a good variety of hotels from country houses set in perfectly sculpted grounds and modern complexes with indoor pools to budget city center B&Bs and independent guesthouses. If you're after cheap hotels in Maidstone, the smaller establishments tend to offer good value for money as well as convenient amenities like tea and coffee making facilities and flat-screen televisions without the hefty price tag of some of the bigger chain hotels.
Where to stay
Surrounded by country parks, Maidstone town center is a thriving district with plenty of shops, pubs as restaurants as well as museums and galleries It’s here you'll want to book a cheap Maidstone hotel if you want to be in the heart of all the action and like to potter around at your own pace on foot. For a more relaxed and peaceful stay, the surrounding Kent countryside offers rolling green hills and flower-filled meadows perfect for rural rambles, and there are plenty of budget B&Bs and guesthouses dotted around.
How to get to
If you're travelling to Maidstone by air, Gatwick is the nearest major airport and is linked to the town's Maidstone East Station by train via London Victoria – the journey takes just under two hours. There are three train stations in Maidstone, the busiest being Maidstone East, which as well as having direct services to London Victoria is also connected to Ashford International for Eurostar services to and from France and Belgium. Maidstone Barracks Station is the most centrally located just a few minutes walk from the town center and has trains to Strood and Tonbridge, as does Maidstone West, which is slightly further out of the town center.