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Removals to Kent

If you are planning removals to Kent, the experienced team at Hamiltons can ensure that your relocation goes smoothly. We have organised many moves to all areas of the county, including Maidstone, Gillingham, Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Chatham, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Dartford, Folkestone, Gravesend and Margate.

Moving to Kent
Known as the "Garden of England", Kent has seen its population grow over recent years and now has more than 1.7 million inhabitants. Many people moving to Kent are London commuters, attracted by the good road and rail links. Another attraction is the high quality of life, while many families plan a house removal to the area because of the fine reputation of the county's schools.

Connections to London and Europe - As a county with fast rail and motorway links to London, Kent is a draw for commuters, as well as businesses wanting a base outside the capital. Travelling by train from Tunbridge Wells to London takes around 45 minutes, while the journey from Sevenoaks is only around 25 minutes. The county's nearness to Europe is an extra attraction for those who need to visit the continent regularly.

Quality of Life - Kent is known for its high-quality housing, yet property prices here are still often lower than those in other nearby areas such as Surrey. The county has a beautiful countryside and coast, with high levels of sunshine, heritage attractions and shopping centres, all making it an attractive place to live and work. Many people moving out of London on retirement also decide to move to Kent because of the lifestyle.

Education - Kent's schools are a major attraction for families, with private and grammar schools in the county acting as a draw for many Londoners moving out of the capital. Thousands of people also move here each year to attend the county's universities and colleges.

Kent in More Detail

West Kent and Medway
This area of the county is popular with commuters because of its nearness to London, driving up local property prices. In the Dartford area, to the far north-west of Kent, High Speed 1 trains from Ebbsfleet international station take just 10 minutes to reach Stratford station in East London, or a few minutes more to go right into the city. Bluewater Shopping Centre at Greenhithe is a major focus of employment in this area.

The town of Sevenoaks is on the main commuter line, with housing here in high demand as a result. Swanley and Edenbridge are nearby small towns within the Sevenoaks district, which borders East Sussex and Surrey as well as London. The historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the nearby market towns of Tonbridge and West Malling are all affluent communities known for their attractive buildings and high standard of living.

Within the Thames Gateway area, Gravesend has a high speed train link to London, while the Gravesend-Tilbury ferry provides another transport route to the capital. Also included in the Thames Gateway development scheme is the borough of Medway. The main town within this area is Gillingham, which has a population of about 100,000, and is part of a larger urban area including Chatham, Rochester, Strood and Rainham. Major investment is being made in new developments along the River Medway, including the historic waterfront at Chatham.

Mid Kent
The county town of Kent, Maidstone, has a population of more than 110,000, and is expected to grow further in the future. The town is well-known not only for its historic buildings, including the Archbishop's Palace, but also for its modern shopping centre, which is among the largest in the region. Major employers include the insurance firm Towergate and the newsprint factory at Aylesford, just outside the town.

Some of Kent's most beautiful scenery is in the Swale district, which contains many acres of orchards and hop fields, as well as part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sittingbourne is the largest town in the area, and is growing fast, with new housing developments being built here. This area of the county, also includes the Isle of Sheppey, in the Thames estuary, and its main port of Sheerness.

To the south of the North Downs, the town of Ashford is becoming popular with London commuters moving to Kent because of its HS1 train service, meaning it takes less than 40 minutes to travel to the capital. This is one of the reasons why it is one of the fastest-growing towns in Kent in terms of population. However, the town also has a number of employers based locally, with several business and science parks in the area.

East Kent
In the east of the county, the historic city of Canterbury is one of the wealthiest communities in the region. One reason for this is its popularity as a tourist location, with more than a million people visiting the cathedral each year. There are also many other ancient buildings in the city centre. As well as tourism, the business and retail sectors are important to the area's economy, as is education, with the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University both being based here.

Many tourists also travel to east Kent to visit the coast, including the major seaside resort of Margate, the port of Ramsgate and smaller resorts such as Broadstairs, Deal, Sandwich, and Herne Bay and Whitstable on the Thames estuary. Dover is the biggest passenger ferry port in Europe, and a major source of employment, as is the Channel Tunnel in the Folkestone area. As well as tourists holidaying on the Kent coast, many people decide to move to the area permanently.

If you are seeking moving home quotes before arranging your removals to Kent, get in touch with Hamiltons and find out how we can help you.