Straddling the river Medway, Maidstone  is the economic, administrative and agricultural centre of Kent. For many years the major employment in the town was provided by the agricultural markets, insurance brokers and the toffee factory to the south of the river. Nowadays, however, many residents use Maidstone as a base to commute into London, or are employed within the retail, administrative or service sectors within the town.
The nearest major airport is London Gatwick Airport, which is 42mi/67km away.
Maidstone sits just alongside the M20, which connects the M25 with Folkestone and the Kent coast. The A26 runs west to Tunbridge Wells, and the A229 heads north to Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester, and south (joining the A21) to Hastings.
Be warned - the centre of Maidstone is dominated by a complicated and sometimes frustrating one-way system.
Parking can be a problem if you do not know your way round, but it is recommended that you park in either The Chequers Center car park that is in the town center located in King Street, opposite the Bowling Alley. The entrance to this is up a ramp with a height barrier bar.
Fare and timetable information is available from South East Trains, tel. 08457 484950.
Arriva is the bus company that operates in Maidstone. Timetables and fares are available on their website. Buy your ticket from the driver when you board the bus.
If there is a large group of you, then it may be easier and cheaper to get a taxi from one of the local taxi companies, as Maidstone's bus service is not the cheapest!
Other places of interest in the Maidstone area