Maidstone is a town located in the county of Kent, in England. It lies about thirty two miles (51km) South East of London, with the River Medway running through the centre of town. The town used to be the agricultural centre of the county, and lies within the borough of Maidstone. There are two train stations that serve the town, Maidstone West (which is on the Medway Valley Line) and Maidstone East which has services to Ashford and London.
In the past the River Medway was used for carrying most of the town's cargo and goods, but now it is more important in tourism. Maidstone has two of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Fremlin Walk and The Mall Maidstone. The Lockmeadow Centre is a relatively recent development, and has the market square, restaurants, a multiplex cinema and nightclubs.
The town has 15 Secondary schools (where three of them has received Business and Enterprise College status), and 23 primary schools. The bus services in the town are run by Nu venture and Arriva Southern Counties, and there are also commuter bus services (784 and 781) that run from Maidstone to London. The Medway valley walk is one of two long distance footpaths which follows the banks of the river, and starts at Tonbridge passes through Maidstone and ends at Gillingham.