Emerald''s UK multi-activity programme takes place in what was originally an English stately home dating from the 16th Century. Situated in the Kent countryside, international students can enjoy a...
Learn English in Kent, United Kingdom!
Kent is England’s oldest county and is littered with historical landmarks where many important events took place and which date back to England’s earliest historical records. The county is the closest part of the UK to mainland Europe and as a result, it houses a number of coastal castles some of which saw military action as recently as World War Two. Canterbury, one of the most-visited cities in the UK and whose city walls were first built by the Romans contains a Norman Castle and the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas Becket was famously murdered.
The famous Leeds Castle, nestled within 500-acre estate of beautiful gardens is also known as the ‘Ladies’ Castle as so many future Queens of England have resided within its protective walls and is well worth a visit. Eleanor of Castile, Henry V’s spouse; Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, even his daughter and future queen Elizabeth all called the Kent castle home.
Kent is an attractive destination for those interested in pre-history too. You can go fossil hunting on the beaches of Herne Bay (Bishopstone Glen) for 54 million year old sharks teeth and the world’s oldest horse fossil, also dating back 54 million years ago, was found in Herne Bay giving it the special privilege of being considered the official birthplace of the horse.
The list of attractions goes on. Kent really is a destination that should not be missed when visiting the United Kingdom.
Perfect for students!
There are lots of fun things to do for students of all ages in Kent. The coastal towns offer a more traditional view of England with a mix of both pebbly and sandy beaches, fun fairs, penny slot machines, fish n’ chips and ice creams of all flavours. Whilst Margate is perhaps the liveliest of the seaside towns, especially at night, towns like Whitstable, Broadstairs and Deal are prettier and packed with pubs bars and restaurants.
Wherever you go in Kent, you are never far from an art gallery, a cream tea and a country park to walk it off!
Learn English in Kent, ‘The Garden of England’!
Kent, famously known as ‘The Garden of England’ when, over 400 years when Henry VIII allegedly sampled a bowl of Kent cherries. He was so delighted by the flavour, that from then on the county became known as ‘The Garden of England’. is England’s oldest county and is enriched with fascinating history. Kent’s iconic title, dates back over 400 years when Henry VIII allegedly sampled a bowl of cherries that were grown in Kent. He was so delighted by the flavour, that from then on the county became known as ‘The Garden of England’.
Did you know that Pocahontas is buried in Gravesend? The famous Native American Princess is reportedly buried at St George’s Church in Gravesend, beneath the church’s chancel. Although her graves exact location has been lost since the church burned down in 1727, her life is marked by a bronze statue at the rebuilt church, created by William Ordway Partridge.
The world’s oldest horse fossil, dating back 54 million years ago, was found in Herne Bay giving it the special privilege of being considered the official birthplace of the horse.
The world’s first aircraft factory was opened, by Short Brothers 1909, on the Isle of Sheppey, on unobstructed marchland at Leysdown, near Shellbeach. The factory initially produced a batch of 6 aircrafts, making the Short Brothers the first aircraft manufacturing company in the world to undertake volume production of an aircraft design.
When visiting Leeds Castle, students will discover the abundance of wildlife to see throughout the 500-acre estate. Students can wander through the estate and see familiar birds such as Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The River Len, which also runs throughout the Wood Garden, is home to Kingfishers, Grass snakes and Eels.
There are many fun activities students can indulge in such as The Maze. The Leeds Castle Maze consists of 2,400 yew trees and when you view it from the centre, part of its plan mirrors a queen’s crown. The Maze is set in a square and yet when seen from the mound or the air, the pattern is circular, this is unique to Leeds Castle and adds to the difficulty in solving it.
For a relaxing leisure activity, students can enjoy the 12-hole adventure golf course with its miniature Leeds Castle, ferry boat and holes themed to the Castle’s attractions. This beautiful and fully attraction, using artificial grass, rocks, sand and planting by the Garden team, is open to visitors to enjoy, all year round, no matter the weather.