Type:Towns & Villages

Ashford Designer Outlet, Kent


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

  • Indulge in a little retail therapy at the Ashford Designer Outlet where you can choose from over 100 discount luxury brand stores.
  • For more domesticated (but no less exciting) animals, try the South of England Rare Breeds Centre where you can get close to farm breeds.
  • Find out why the South East coast is producing sparkling wine to rival the quality of Champagne at BalfourWinery.
  • Visit The Lashenden Air Warfare Museum is one of the longest established aviation museums in the country, having been formed in 1970.
  • Belmont House is a marvellous example of Georgian architecture that commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside.

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

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  3. South of England Rare Breeds Centre

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  4. Belmont House and Gardens

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  5. Dymchurch Beach

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  6. Colonel Stephens Railway

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