Descending from Barham Downs at the lower end of the Elham Valley, the first glimpses of Kingston are of the 14th century church tower of St Giles, partially hidden by mature trees. A large part of the village (population approximately 450) lies within a Conservation Area on the north-east facing slope of the valley overlooking the Nailboume stream. From the valley bottom, The Street leads up the ever-steepening valley side to reveal fine views south-westwards across Barham Downs.
The Street includes a mixture of building styles, some listed buildings, old farmhouses and cottages interspersed with 20th century dwellings. Reminders of Kingston’s predominantly agricultural past are frequent; partway up The Street is the Bam, now the Village Hall but once a cow-byre. By contrast, Covet Lane, which runs almost parallel to The Street and accessed by Church Lane, is the best lane in the district for landscape beauty, historic interest and variety of flora. The parish is well served by footpaths and bridleways for those wishing to explore, including sections of the North Downs Way and the Elham Valley Walk. The village sign depicts the Kingston Brooch, the valuable Anglo-Saxon artefact discovered on the downs in the 1760s. In addition, few visitors today would realise the vital role these quiet hills and woods would have played if the result of the Battle of Britain had been reversed. There are no shops in Kingston, but visitors are assured of a warm welcome at the Black Robin public house (named after a historical local highwayman).