Combine your visit to The Gallagher Stadium with a look around Kent’s county town. Sightseeing or shopping – there’s something for everyone.
Along the banks of the River Medway there are numerous attractions.
All Saints Church
Built by Archbishop Courtenay in 1395, All Saints is the parish church for Maidstone, and has been described as the ‘Grandest Perpendicular Church in England’. www.maidstoneallsaints.co.uk
Archbishops’ Palace (not open to public)
Formerly part of the Manor of Maidstone, the Archbishops’ Palace was mainly built by Archbishop Courtenay in the late 14th century. The Archbishops’ Palace is now the Kent Register Office for civil marriages and public records.
Kent Library and History Centre
Next to the Gallagher Stadium, the new centre is purpose built to protect and give people access to more of our archive material, and to provide a 21st century library in the heart of Kent.
Hermitage Millennium Amphitheatre
An open-air performance arena, part of Maidstone Millennium River Park. Built of brick and Kentish ragstone, with a central stage encircled by rows of terraced seating. It is next to a rose garden and surrounded by woodland and the river.
Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre
The centre has an eight-screen Odeon cinema, David Lloyd Leisure Club, restaurants and Maidstone Market (Tuesdays and Saturdays). www.lockmeadowentertainment.co.uk
Part of the Maidstone Millennium River Park, this 18-acre site combines a natural landscape of woodland and wildflower meadow with adventure play areas, a treetop walk, skatepark and riverstage open-air performance arena.
Maidstone boasts more than 700 shops, two major shopping centres, a boutique style arcade and more than 75 cafes and fine restaurants. Other attractions include the Hazlitt Arts Centre and Maidstone Museum.
Situated in the town centre between Maidstone East Station and Maidstone Museum, it provide an oasis of calm in contrast to the bustling shopping streets. The Victorian bandstand is the venue for the band season on Sunday afternoons during the summer, as well as other events throughout the year.
An open air shopping centre built on the site of a Victorian brewery. It boasts 50 new shops including House of Fraser, Oasis, Zara, HMV and Ernest Jones, as well as restaurants and a 800-space car park. www.fremlinwalk.co.uk
Hazlitt Arts Centre
The centre offers a varied programme from popular music and famous names to drama and children’s shows throughout the year. http://www.hazlittartscentre.co.uk/
Set within an Elizabethan manor house, the museum houses special collections of medieval, English and European art and artefacts, Victoriana, Roman and saxon finds and natural history, including Maidstone’s dinosaur. www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk
Royal Star Arcade
A boutique shopping centre jam-packed with independent shops and restaurants. www.royalstararcade.co.uk
Maidstone is one of the biggest towns in the south east. Alongside the shopping centres are a series of shopping streets. Week Street has some of the biggest retail names, as does the High Street which includes a new Jubilee Square. There are the historic Bank Street, Gabriels Hill and Market Buildings, and not forgetting Earl Street which boasts a number of bars and restaurants.
The Mall Maidstone
The town’s main shopping centre that houses Beales, BHS, Boots, New Look, Next, Sports Direct and Wilkinson. There is a 1,000-space car park and Maidstone’s main bus station. www.themall.co.uk/my-mall/maidstone