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The local area guide to living in Maidstone

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, south east England. It is the administrative centre of the county, and lies on the bank of the river Medway. Halfway between London and the major port town of Dover, it is a heavily developed market town and has been a vital economic centre for the area since the middle ages.

For centuries it was an agriculture-reliant town, and was particularly famed for its output in the form of Kentish apples, cherries and hops. It's produce was in demand in London and the rest of the region. Even today, the town is surrounded by large number of working orchards and hop gardens, as well as the ancient remains of such sites within the town itself.

Information about the local residents

There are just over 155,143 people living in the town of Maidstone, making it one of the most populous towns in the county. The largest age bracket is the 35-54s, and Maidstone has an average annual salary of just under £25,000. More than 70% of people in Maidstone own their own home, whether outright or with a mortgage.

Maidstone has a wide variety of architecture from different centuries. The majority was constructed during the Industrial Revolution and in the 20th century, with a great portion of it being semidetached.

Nearby schools

There are a large number of state secondary schools within Maidstone. It also has more than its fair share rated 'good' or even 'outstanding' in recent Ofsted inspections.

Of particular note is the Maidstone Boys' Grammar School which was founded in 1549. 97% of its pupils achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C. The school does amazing things for pupils between the ages of 11 and 16. The girls' counterpart Invicta Grammar School performs even better, with an incredible 99% of pupils achieving the above benchmark.

The largest independent school in the area is the Sutton Valence School. It is a day and boarding school, for girls and boys, and takes pupils all the way from age 3 to 18.

Getting around

Maidstone is very well placed for transport. The M20 runs just outside town, connecting London with the south coast via the M25 and M26.

Within the town are two main railway stations. Maidstone East takes passengers to London and Ashford directly, while Maidstone West is now on the high-speed train service to London St Pancras. For travel by air, Gatwick is an easily drivable 66km from Maidstone.

The town also has a good bus service running within and connecting to nearby towns, operated by Arriva and Nu Venture.

Local shops

Week Street is Maidstone's pedestrianised shopping street, just beside the High Street. From Week Street it's easy to find Fremlin Walk, a large open air shopping centre with a fantastic array of high street brands and places to eat.

The town is also well known for having a good selection of independent stores throughout, with many concentrated on and around Pudding Lane, Union Street and Bank Street. There are also some interesting outlets in the Royal Star Arcade. Of particular note is the Golden boot, an independent family run shoe store founded in 1790.

For food, the town also has plenty to offer. Earl street has the largest selection of restaurants on offer, including Prezzo, Café Rouge, Wagamama among many more.

Maidstone has become famous throughout Kent as having the best nightlife on offer. For a lively pub atmosphere, the new The Brenchley is a traditional freehouse with an extensive terraced beer garden. Maidstone is home to numerous clubs and bars, with The Source bar being particularly renown for hosting many famous DJ’s. Maidstone’s night life attracts people from all over Kent, and sometimes from even further afield.

Maidstone also has a good amount of green spaces where it’s possible to find a little peace and quiet, for instance Mote Park is home to a stunning Lake and open expanses of green.

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