• The Falstaff Hotel in Canterbury dates from the 15th century. It has a working hotel as well as historic rooms including a pub. It was originally named The White Hart, but it was changed in 1783 to commemorate a Shakespearian character.


    Source: Historic Kent

  • The George Hotel in Ashford dates from the 16th century and is the oldest inn in Ashford. It has been running for 500 years and was originally built with timber from an old ship.
  • The New Flying Horse Inn in Ashford dates from the 17th century and has most of its original architectural features including the oak beams that support its ceilings. It has a good location for exploring the historical areas of Canterbury and Ashford.
  • The Abbot’s Fireside Hotel, in Canterbury dates from the 15th century and is a well preserved structure. It has its original medieval open fireplaces, lead window frames and wooden beams.

Arguably the oldest building in England that is still used as a hotel, The George Hotel and Brasserie in Cranbrook dates from the 14th century.

If a little adventure is required along with the history, there are a few inns that were used by smugglers throughout the centuries that still cater to visitors today.

Historic Hotels Kent