Kent was originally one of the kingdoms of the Jutes, although its name derives from one of the Celtic tribes of Britain, the Cantiaci. As the closest part of England to the continent of Europe (it is just 12 miles from Dover to Calais), it has historically been the focal point for invasion attempts, and is traditionally the major embarkation point for travel to mainland Europe.
Due to the extensive agriculture, orchards and hop farms, Kent is known as the "Garden of England", a fact reflected in the new car registration plates - the letter representing Kent is "G" for "Garden" rather than "K" for "Kent".
Kent has an extensive rail network, with lines running all along the coast and up through all the major towns and into London. The London terminus stations into which Kent rail services operate are Victoria, Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, London Bridge, Blackfriars and St.Pancras International.
Ebbsfleet and Ashford International Stations are railway stations which provide transport between UK and Europe. Several trains operate each hour direct to Ebbsfleet, Ashford and Paris, Lille or Brussels.Ebbsfleet is located on purpose developed land, with onsite car parking for over 9000 vehicles. Domestic trains are operated by SouthEastern From London St Pancras to Ebbsfleet (typical journey time 15 - 17 minutes)and Ashford (typical journey time from St. Pancras being 30 minutes). As of December 2009 the new high-speed trains on the St Pancras International routes will have a full timetable. Also from December 2009 the high speed services will be further extended to Gravesend, the Medway towns, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay and stations to Margate and Ramsgate. An off-peak service will operate via Gravesend and the Medway towns, terminating at Faversham. A high speed service will also be offered to the Thanet towns via Ashford and Canterbury West, bringing the Cathedral city within an hour from London.
From Junction 5 of the M25 the A21 leads to Hastings via Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
The M20 leads from the M25 to Dover and Folkestone via Maidstone and Ashford.
Kent is a generally safe area and you are very unlikely to experience any trouble during your visit.