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Maidstone Guide

This charming town in Kent is close to Bromley which lies just outside the sprawling reaches of the city of London. It’s a thriving place where there’s plenty going on and so whatever happens, you and your friends will never be stuck for something to do! Here’s our guide to the best stuff to try out when you get there.

Getting In


One of the easiest ways to get to Maidstone is in the car. Lying just south of the M20 motorway, this town is well connected to London, Ashford and Folkstone. The Chequers Centre car park is the best place to go for a space in the centre.


Similarly, travelling by train is not difficult when you need to get to Maidstone. There are direct links to London, Bromley and Ashford International. There are two stations in the town, Maidstone East and Maidstone West. Maidstone East is the best bet for a stop close to the action and the city centre.

Entertainment Venues

Hazlitt Theatre

Fancy a bit of classic live theatre? The Hazlitt is the place to be! See touring shows, dance, comedy, music, theatre and even panto here. It’s located on Earl Street, just about equidistant from both rail stations mentioned.

Odeon Cinema

Nothing beats getting a big bucket of popcorn in and settling down for the latest rom-com, thriller or action movie with your girlfriends. Perfect for a little recuperation after a big night with the girls or to give everybody a treat and round off the hen.      

Madame Mu Mu

This is something seriously different which is really worth a try with your girlfriends when visiting Maidstone. Experience a fantastic venue which welcomes some of the best cabaret acts in the country! Sing along and get into the wonderfully camp spirit with dinner theatre, baroque design and even an extensive tea menu. Gorgeous.

Top of the Shops

Shopping is a pastime that just about every girl is well acquainted with, so why not indulge on your hen weekend in Maidstone? Don’t just visit the same old chain stores though, as we’ve compiled a list of the very best independent stores and areas in the town.

Gabriel’s Hill

Close to Maidstone West lies Gabriel’s Hill. Check out this area for a wide variety of quirky independent shops, cafes and restaurants where everybody will be able to pick up something individual that they like!

Starnes Court

Yet again, this pretty street is choc full of independent shops which will delight everybody. It’s centrally located on  Union Street and perfect for a little bit of retail therapy.

Union Street

Just down from Starnes Court, experience a fantastic tangle of independent and specialist stores which are a real break from the norm.

Because the best things in life are free…

Maidstone Museum

Located right in the centre of Maidstone, this museum is absolutely free to enter and is ideal when you fancy injecting a little culture into your weekend. There are exhibitions on everything from ancient Egypt to archaeology and costume and even better, there’s an art gallery on site too. The building it’s housed in is pretty individual too, resembling a space age cube!

Historic Maidstone Walking Tour

Interested in the history and heritage of Maidstone? During the summer months, free tours are run by enthusiastic locals who will show everybody where mad priests lived, where peasants revolts stomped and hapless residents stood humiliated in the gallows. Great for getting a bigger picture of the town you’re visiting.

Headcorn Aerodrome

Sounds a little odd but you can enter this aerodrome for free and see light aircraft fly in and out, parachuters and even the ‘Tiger Club’ practicing amazing air displays. Even if you don’t catch any air action, you might still see a couple of hunky pilots, which would be okay we suppose…

Teston Park

Ideal when you need a little fresh air to blow the cobwebs and some quiet time if the morning is a little painful, Teston Park lies on the River Medway which is bursting with wildlife and wonderful for picnics and walks in warm weather.    

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