Type:Towns & Villages



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.

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Road Directions

Ashford is about 55 miles south east of London, is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M20 and M26 and is well served by public transport.


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What's Nearby

  1. Ashford & Tenterden Tourism Association

    Ashford & Tenterden Tourism Association (ATTA) is a fully constituted membership…

    0.23 miles away
  2. Willesborough Windmill

    135 year old Smock Mill, in course of restoration. Miller's cottage, restored Hornsby…

    1.24 miles away
  3. Godinton House and Gardens

    An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly…

    2.01 miles away
  1. Fact or Fiction Tours

    Fact or Fiction Tours offers coach tours, walking tours and lectures around the South…

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

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

    5.35 miles away
  3. South of England Rare Breeds Centre

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

    6.05 miles away
  4. Association of Tourist Attractions in Kent

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

    6.94 miles away
  5. Port Lympne Reserve

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

    7.3 miles away
  6. Coast and Country Rambles Limited

    Coast and Country Rambles offer tailor made, self-guided walking breaks in the glorious…

    7.84 miles away
  7. Belmont House and Gardens

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

    8.7 miles away
  8. Walk Awhile

    Self- led or guided walking holidays in Southern England available all year round for…

    9.61 miles away
  9. Colonel Stephens Railway

    The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum
    Recording the Career of Holman Fred Stephens,…

    9.82 miles away
  10. Kent & East Sussex Railway

    Images of this picturesque line weaveing between Tenterden and Bodiam. England's finest…

    9.85 miles away
  11. Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

    Lashenden Air Warfare Museum is on a World War II advanced landing ground used by the…

    10.05 miles away
  12. Brogdale Collection

    Brogdale Farm is home of the National Fruit Collections, the largest collections of fruit…

    10.54 miles away
  13. The Chapel Down Winery

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

    10.61 miles away
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