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Ashford

Right in the heart of Kent, the famous “Garden of England”, Ashford has bloomed into a lively, cosmopolitan commercial centre. Officially a market town, Ashford's fortunes took a swift upward turn with the opening of Ashford International railway station in 1996.

With trains now arriving from Paris daily, Ashford has a bustling continental atmosphere and is expected to double in size over the next 25 years. This is thanks in part to the new fast train link High Speed 1, getting you into London St. Pancras in an amazing 35 minutes!

However, despite all this activity, Ashford retains its rural charm. You'll find 19th Century windmills and medieval buildings alongside bright shopping centres and trendy restaurants. You're only ever a stroll away from the scent of apple orchards, the sight of rolling hills and the tranquil sound of wild birds singing.

Things to do in Ashford

Ashford boasts a distinct variety of attractions and things to do, all within a twenty minute drive

Find things to do this weekend in Ashford with our Kent What's On guide. Explore villages near Ashford and other places to visit in the 'What's Nearby' listings below.

What's Nearby

  1. Willesborough Windmill

    135 year old Smock Mill, in course of restoration. Miller's cottage, restored Hornsby 14hp gas oil...

    1.24 miles away
  2. Godinton House and Gardens

    An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one...

    2.01 miles away
  3. Fact or Fiction Tours

    Fact or Fiction Tours offers coach tours, walking tours and lectures around the South East of...

    3.75 miles away
  4. Kent Downs & North Downs Way AONB

    The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally important, protected...

    5.35 miles away
  1. South of England Rare Breeds Centre

    Large collection of rare farm breeds on a working farm with children's play activities. Home to the...

    6.05 miles away
  2. Association of Tourist Attractions in Kent

    The best and widest selection of days out in Kent.
    Ideas and inspiration including events. Explore...

    6.94 miles away
  3. Port Lympne Reserve

    Port Lympne Reserve, set in 600 acres, has something for everyone, whether you're interested in...

    7.3 miles away
  4. Belmont House and Gardens

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris...

    8.7 miles away
  5. Kent & East Sussex Railway

    The picturesque line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam for 10 1/2 miles. England's finest rural...

    9.85 miles away
  6. Brogdale Collection

    Brogdale Farm is home of the National Fruit Collections, the largest collections of fruit trees and...

    10.54 miles away
  7. The Chapel Down Winery

    The best wines in England available in the shop plus excellent local and regional produce. Guided...

    10.61 miles away
  8. Smallhythe Place

    Early 16th Century house owned by early Victorian actress Ellen Terry. Full of theatrical mementoes...

    10.7 miles away
  9. Biddenden Vineyards Ltd

    Biddenden vineyard is Kents oldest commercial vineyard producing award-winning wines, ciders and...

    10.82 miles away
  10. Elham Valley Railway Museum

    A family attraction where visitors can see steam engines, trains, a signal box and the largest...

    11.14 miles away
  11. Mount Ephraim Gardens

    Mount Ephraim Gardens have plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten acres of...

    11.23 miles away
  12. Maison Dieu

    An early 16thC timber-framed building incorporating fragments of a 13thC hospital and shelter for...

    11.29 miles away
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