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Champagne and canapes at Nettlestead Place

Nestled between Maidstone and Tonbridge, this medieval manor house is steeped in history. It was listed in the Domesday Book, and has staged lavish celebrations for centuries. The River Medway setting and colour-rich gardens provide a picture-perfect backdrop for your photos if you're visiting. Attending a wedding? Enjoy champagne and canapes on the terraces overlooking the rolling Kent countryside.

Go ape at Leeds Castle

One of Kent's biggest attractions is a 20-minute drive from Nettlestead Place. It's been around since Norman times, and the statuesque towers reflected in the tranquil lake will make a perfect addition to your photo book. As you wander round the opulent rooms, you'll hear tales of English queens, a wealthy Anglo-American heiress and former resident Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife. Outside, there's the hedge maze and grotto, falconry demonstrations and hair-raising treetop walkways of Go Ape to enjoy.

Discover a rural past at Kent Life

Coal-fired oast houses, historic homes, farm animals and tractor rides combine to provide a unique insight into Kent's rural heritage at this popular open-air museum. The Vintage Village displays the typical home of a wartime housewife, while the hands-on Cuddle Corner will keep younger visitors happy - watch their faces light up as they stroke rabbits, guinea pigs and lambs. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Nettlestead Place? Travelodge Maidstone Central Hotel is around a 15-minute drive from the venue. Travelodge Medway M2 Hotel is conveniently located just off the motorway.