River Medway, Maidstone

Maidstone is a town in Mid-Kent, in the South East of England.


Straddling the river Medway, Maidstone is the economic, administrative and agricultural centre of Kent. For many years the major employment in the town was provided by the agricultural markets, insurance brokers and the toffee factory to the south of the river. Nowadays, however, many residents use Maidstone as a base to commute into London, or are employed within the retail, administrative or service sectors within the town.

Get in

By air

The nearest major airport is London Gatwick Airport, which is 42mi/67km away.

By car

Maidstone sits south of M20, which (with the A20) connects with London, Ashford & Folkestone. The A26 runs west to Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells & Brighton, and the A229 heads north to Chatham, and south to Hastings.

Town Centre Car parking - recommended that you park in The Chequers Centre car park (east end of Town Centre, enter from Padsole Lane or King St).

Town Centre Coach parking at A249 Sittingbourne Rd.

Maidstone Park & Ride operates Mondays to Saturdays; there is no service on Sundays. See the Kent County Council Park & Ride website.

By train

Maidstone East railway station

Maidstone has direct rail links to London, Bromley S, Ashford International (for Eurostar) and Tonbridge (via Paddock Wood).

Fare and timetable information is available from Southeastern Railway, tel. 08457 484950.

Get around

By bus

Various bus companies provide local bus services in and around Maidstone.

Paper timetables can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall in the High St; the web link is

Buy your ticket from the driver when you board the bus.

By taxi

If there is a large group of you, then it may be easier and cheaper to get a taxi from one of the local taxi companies, as Maidstone's bus service is not the cheapest!


Maidstone Museum


Kent Flower Show - In July, one of the largest agricultural festivals in Britain

Kent County Show - in July, there is a large county show at the Kent Showground in Detling.


The Mall Maidstone



Go next

Leeds Castle

Other places of interest in the Maidstone area

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