When travelling, going shopping usually has its unique place and brings excitement. And going shopping in Kent is something that buyers adore, not only for the variety of goods, brands, and stores, but also for the amazing outlets, clearance sales, and discounts applied to the simplest items to exclusive designer goods. Since everybody has different preferences or needs, these are different samples of what visitors can find when going shopping in Kent.
McArthur Glen´s Ashford Designer Outlet
Located in the heart of Kent, just five minutes’ walk from Ashford train station, and 30 minutes from Dover Port, this outstanding shopping venue designed by Lord Richard Rogers gathers over 80 world renowned brands. Brands include Bose, Calvin Klein, Nike, Jaeger, Gap, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, and Abercrombie & Fitch to mention a few.
Bluewater is a great option to spend the day under-roof on a rainy day. It is not just a shopping destination; it also makes a fantastic leisure destination. With more than 330 stores, 40 bars and restaurants, and a cinema, the Bluewater is the most innovative retail and leisure venue in Europe.
Small Shops, Antiques and Bookshops
Many people prefer to avoid big places, shopping malls, and commercial brands. Those who like discovering small antique shops, curiosity shops and small bookstores should go to Canterbury. Although big chains and department stores are present there too, Canterbury homes handfuls of small independent and picturesque shops. High Street area is pedestrianised making wandering along it an utterly distressing experience.
Rochester´s Victorian High Street, The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge, and Broadstairs, Tenterden, Whitstable, and Hythe also have plenty of small independent stores where you can find everything from the latest fashion brands to burnished antiques.
Dockside Outlet Centre
Built around an impressive building of cast and wrought iron, the Dockside Outlet homes stores of world famous brands, several cafes, restaurants and a programme of events and festivals. Another enjoyable option for shopping and indoor leisure.