Maidstone is the county town of Kent, and as such it's a bustling and vibrant centre for the surrounding towns and villages, with numerous shopping, entertainment and nightlife options for locals and visitors alike. What's more, it has some fascinating heritage sites, such as the 14th century Archbishop's Palace. The surrounding countryside isn't bad either - Kent is known as the 'Garden of England', and the surrounding countryside combines working farmland with beautiful scenery and quaint villages.
One of the area's most famous landmarks is Leeds Castle, which with its moat and turrets looks every bit the medieval stronghold. Head inside, though, and you'll find interiors created by some of the leading architects of the 1920s and 1930s. As well as the castle itself, there are over 500 acres of gardens and parkland to explore, with a number of different activities on offer. The house is to the east of Maidstone and can be reached via public transport.
Back in Maidstone, the town centre is dominated by two shopping centres: Fremlin Walk and The Mall, located on either side of the pedestrianised High Street and Jubilee Square. Both the centres and the streets around them offer visitors a mix of high street brands and independent stores. For some real bargains, try Maidstone Market - it takes place each Tuesday and Saturday in the Market Hall, and also spreads into the car park beneath the Lock Meadow Building.
If you're looking for culture and nightlife, close to the market buildings you'll find the Hazlitt Arts Centre, and there are clubs, restaurants, and pubs throughout the town centre. Other attractions include the Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, which houses a fascinating permanent collection as well as regular temporary exhibitions.
There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Maidstone to help you save money and explore this town located in Kent. Whether you are getting a train to Maidstone for work or leisure, our Journey Planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.
The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Maidstone is by using a Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in once you get there. To see the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy one online, check out our Railcards page.
Another way to save money on train tickets to Maidstone is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Maidstone. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops, see the delights of Leeds Castle or have a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply lookout for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.
You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy Return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.
Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.
The main train station in Maidstone is Maidstone East. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Maidstone East.
The primary operator of trains to Maidstone is Southeastern.
It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Maidstone. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.
There are frequent daily services to Maidstone, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Maidstone.