Deciding On Your Summer Holiday? Kent Is Named Top Spot For A Family Holiday Within Europe

Think about the choice you have across Europe to pick your family holiday destination this year - Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, the list could go on.

But Lonely Planet has named a top destination for families that apparently trumps them all: Kent.

The county in southeast England is home to popular tourist spots including the Canterbury Cathedral, Walmer Castle and the Folkestone Creative Quarter, and has long been referred to as the "Garden of England".

Sandra Matthews-March, the chief executive of Visit Kent, told The Independent: "I’m thrilled, but not really surprised.

"Kent has undergone something of a renaissance over the past 10 years and lots of wonderful new family-friendly attractions have opened up.”

Lonely Planet placed Kerry in the Republic of Ireland in the second spot, and Black Forest in Germany in the third spot for family destinations.

Ms Matthews-March said Kent's popularity has grown, as the county is also getting recognition for its “white sandy beaches”.

She said although being recognised as the Garden of England, their blue flag beaches mean tourists are visiting the county for the sand and not just the countryside.

Among the many beaches throughout the region, two popular ones include The Bay in Margate, and Sunny Sands beach next to Folkestone Harbour.

The "UK's original pleasure park" Dreamland Margate is also opening its doors next week ready for the summer, after a £30 million regeneration.

The plan was to save the oldest surviving amusement park in the country and increase Kent's tourist attractions.

On the website, it states: "Following a passionate 11-year ‘Save Dreamland’ campaign, Dreamland Margate is reborn.

"Dreamland is being reimagined, ready to welcome a new generation of fun-seeking visitors to an ‘old fashioned, yet oh-so-fashionable’ world of thrills, amusements and good times."

The county is home to the White Cliffs of Dover, Hever Castle, Rochester Cathedral, as well as many iconic windmills.

If you like being outdoors, the country parks and landscapes are some of the most beautiful in the country, including a huge 61 nature reserves.

So before you start looking abroad for your family holiday this summer, maybe it's time to look a bit closer to home?