"Get out of Maidstone baby!" Top 5 Page for this destination Maidstone by Steve-H

Maidstone Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 183 photos

How to stay sane in Maidstone.

Lets make a positive start, the Webb Ellis Trophy, the real thing, the rugby world cup, was on tour and in Maidstone and I went to see it, the only time I have stood in front of the County Council offices and felt proud, read on.
Things to do in Maidstone, 1) Get out! the roads leading away from town are great, 5 minutes in any direction and you are in the Countryside (almost)
2) Write to the council, not the most exciting thing you will ever do but you will want to know why your taxes are spent on decorating the town center with a floral sheep (yes! really)
3) Wondering where it all went, the town that is. Some of our oldest landmarks have been demolished in a bid to attract big buisness and make room for a few executive flats by the river. The brewery has been turned into another mall in a hope to attract shoppers away from Bluewater (one of europe`s biggest shopping centres)....no chance, the Trebor sweetie factory after 100 years of sterling service has been knocked down because some poor homeless yuppies neede some riverside appartments to live in, the sweetie factory!!! cruel isn`t it?
4) You will laugh, you will laugh as you realise that a small, mean spirited bunch of councillors tried to apply for city status for what is in reality a small town with a small village attitude.
5) You will cry, as you try to get home of an evening without the aid of a bus, and where have all the taxis gone! You will have even more grief trying to get home late at night as the clubs empty out and he fighting youth take to the street, this is becoming quite a worry as people from all over the south east come here to get smashed and then slug each other, read all about it in the Kent Messenger, one of Maidstones few sucess stories, oh! and they closed the Royal Albion pub, the last bastion of live music in the County town, bugger it! i`m off to London.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good access to motorways, only 30 miles to London.
  • Cons:Late night violence and the plethora of theme pubs.
  • In a nutshell:Come for the potholes, stay for the traffic jams.
  • Last visit to Maidstone: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 26, 2009
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  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Steve, my friend, many thanks (very belatedly) on the birthday greeting. For various reasons I haven't been on VT for a while. Still fancy a pint with you if there are any proper pubs left! Fergy.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2007 at 4:58 AM

    Haha, I can't stop laughing and for sure come to this famous Maidstone (city soon, right?) while on the way. Excellent intro and tips with a lot of personal touch - better than any travel book :-)!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 2:20 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahaha, a great veiw on Maidstone, i'll be there tomorrow shopping, well the misses will be, im just there to carry the bags LOL

  • nikki36hh's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2004 at 7:28 AM

    Great site steve... No mention of the Albion tho? great live music.. horney staff!! lol But now there is a spanking new Ann Summers shop in week street.. plug plug!!! worth a visit wouldn't you agree? maidstones not THAT bad!!!

  • Jan 30, 2004 at 7:49 PM

    What a drag what city councils can do to a home. Out with the old in with,glass concreations that say nothing. All the best,Matt

  • Manu1's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2003 at 7:53 AM

    Is that Paul or Mr Def in the frock?

  • londonlover's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2003 at 7:53 PM

    I rented a car from Maidstone last May! But I guess I'm glad I missed the nighttime crowd. :) Lovely countryside!

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2003 at 2:57 PM

    good tips - very well written

  • orlikins's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2003 at 7:22 AM

    Whats with the sheep? :)

  • FoodieSteve's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2002 at 3:29 PM

    Try the Golden Eagle at Burham, only 2 miles, superb asian food!

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