A large, vibrant and historic town, Maidstone is the county town of Kent and lies just over 30 miles from London. With a rich trading history that was focused on the River Medway, which still runs through the town today, Maidstone used to be an agricultural hub and became known as the Garden of England. It has a long, rich history with research indicating that it dates back to before the Stone Age. There are many attractions and places of interest within the town, providing a peek into the fascinating past of the area. Some of the historical attractions that can be found here include Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, the Stepping Stone Studios Art Gallery, and Kent Life.
Maidstone has become quite the business and retail hub over the years, with huge amounts of retail and office space in and around the town. The paper and packing industry is one of the key industries in the town, with Aylesford being home to the largest paper recycling facility in Europe. A number of high tech firms are also based in offices in Maidstone along with many big name retailers in the two main shopping malls, which are The Mall Maidstone and Fremlin Walk. Amongst the businesses you will find in the town are the Federation of Small Businesses, The Small Firms Alliance and Christie & Co.
Entertainment And Dining Out
In addition to many pubs, bars, and a vibrant nightlife, you will also find a range of addition entertainment in Maidstone. If you enjoy theatre, live performances and music, some of the venues you can visit include the Hazlitt Theatre, The Exchange Studio and the Hermitage Millennium Amphitheatre. Many restaurants are on your doorstep in Maidstone, so you can take your pick as to the type of cuisine you indulge in. Head to Mu Mu for a fabulous fusion cuisine experience or try Vesuvius for fantastic Italian dishes. Spice Hut is the place to go for flavoursome Indian food while Narai Thai Palace served up exotic Thai dishes.
While the river these days is mainly used by pleasure and houseboat owners, there are various other means of transport in Maidstone. The area is well served by buses and taxis, so getting around via ground transportation is simple and convenient. There are good road links for drivers, including the A20 and easy access to the M20. Three train stations provide access to rail services, including Maidstone East, which is on the Ashford Line. Maidstone West and Maidstone Barracks also serve the area on the Medway Valley Line.