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The 8 best places to live in Kent

The results are in! See where you voted as the best place to live in Kent.

From the rolling hills, vineyards and orchards of west Kent to the cool, coastal towns and creative vibe of east Kent – the Garden of England has it all. With commuter catnip rail links into London, a blossoming foodie scene and the best wineries in England on your doorstep… is it any wonder our bags are packed?!



One of Kent’s most celebrated and stylish seaside towns, usually sought after as a weekend break, is actually where you should be considering to set up home due to its coastal setting, foodie reputation and community spirit. And all within easy reach of the culturally cool city of Canterbury.



This once down-at-heel port town continues to undergo a remarkable regeneration. Want culture, the arts, great food and unique shopping experiences, plus the beach thrown in for good measure? Look no further… Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.



This pretty market town is one to watch as an investment due to its growing reputation as a foodie destination, stunning scenery all around (from coastal rambles to countryside walks) and decent train links to London. (should you ever want to leave)!



Definitely one that’s on the up-and-up. While recent years have brought artists, gentrifiers and Londoners aplenty there’s still a salty-old-sea dog ruggedness about the place. Think trendy coffee shops alongside higgledy-piggledy seafront houses.


West Malling

With a pretty, period heart this market town offers a perfect mix of modern dining alongside Medieval character. From relaxing walks in its parks to historic landmarks, great places to eat and transport links in all directions. Go grab the car keys!


Tunbridge Wells

It might not be as trendy as some of its east Kent cousins, but long-popular Royal Tunbridge Wells is a sure bet for families seeking homes with bigger gardens, plenty of great outdoors and the added attraction of exceptional schooling for free in the area’s many prestigious grammar schools.



Nestled at the top of a hill is this beauty spot of a Kentish village, complete with white weatherboarding, oast houses and a duck pond. A family favourite due to the fact it sits pretty in the highly sought after catchment of the only co-ed grammar in the area.



Craving the rolling hills of rural west Kent but still want an easy commute into London and a busy social scene?. Sevenoaks could be just the ticket although – be warned – it’ll cost!