Maidstone, on the River Medway, is the county town of Kent. It has a long and rich history, dating back to Roman times and was once the site of a major Roman settlement, and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre can still be seen in the town today.
In the Middle Ages, Maidstone was an important market town, and it was also the site of a royal palace. Although the palace was destroyed during the English Civil War, the ruins can still be seen in the town centre.
Today, Maidstone is a thriving market town with a population of over 120,000 people. The town is home to a number of historical and cultural attractions, including Maidstone Museum in the town centre and nearby attractions including the open-air museum, Kent Life, and Leeds Castle, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Kent.
Maidstone is well-connected to other parts of Kent and southeastern England with frequent bus, coach and rail connections. The town is served by two railway stations, Maidstone East and Maidstone West, which are both on the South Eastern Main Line. There are regular train services to London, Ashford, Tonbridge, and other destinations in Kent.
Maidstone is also served by a number of bus services, operated by Stagecoach and Arriva. These services connect Maidstone to other towns and villages in Kent, as well as to London and other parts of England.