Kent's County Town of Maidstone is well connected by several motorways to much of the rest of the country. Getting there by bus or coach is therefore straightforward as well as economical, with numerous junctions off the M20 leading straight into Maidstone. Chalkwell of Sittingbourne and National Express provide regular coach services from London to Maidstone. Coaches leave from Victoria roughly every 30 minutes throughout the afternoon/early evening, Monday to Friday, with the last coach departing London at approximately 5:45 p.m. There are several bus companies which facilitate travel within Maidstone, most notably Arriva Southern Counties and Nu-Venture. Furthermore, Maidstone has two major railway services which provide easy access to the city and its surrounding areas.
With its combination of modern-day, cosmopolitan vibrancy, and its rich history, Maidstone offers something of interest to everyone. If you thrive in the hubbub of city centre recreation and nightlife, then a visit to The Mall Shopping Centre or Fremlin Walk should be at the top of your to-do list, as these sections of the city offer a huge variety of restaurants, and a vast selection of shops. There is no shortage of classy pubs, bars and nightclubs to visit when evening approaches. Mumu Lounge Bar and The Society Rooms are just two of the trendier watering-holes which make up Maidstone's nightlife, whilst an ever-increasing number of new nightclubs like Beluga Bar compete with well-established venues such as The Loft for the crowds of dancers and music-lovers.
For those of you more interested in family activities or experiencing first-hand some of Maidstone's cultural heritage, then consider a visit to the highly praised Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery. Alternatively, Leeds Castle offers a family-friendly mixture of history and children's activities, such as its specially designed play areas; it even has a grotto maze, which children delight in getting lost in.
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