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Tonbridge

Kent

Type:Towns & Villages

Tonbridge, Kent
Tonbridge

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Some superb insights into old England await at Tonbridge and West Malling. Idyllic manor houses and a postcard-pretty castle sit in an ancient landscape where woods and fields undulate towards villages and hop farms.

At the centre of this fascinating portion of Kentish life sits Tonbridge, a market town since the Middle Ages that still buzzes today. Here, tucked in beside the River Medway, is 11th century Tonbridge Castle. This is Kent's best example of a motte-and-bailey gatehouse, where audio tours and interactive exhibits bring history to life.

From the castle, take the cycle route 5 miles west through tranquil woodland and countryside to Penshurst Place, a fortified manor house that’s rich with medieval and Tudor charm. The gardens overflow with fragrance and blooms, while neighbouring Penshurst village is quintessential, historic Kent.

Towns & Villages near Tonbridge

Tonbridge sits at the heart of a beautiful area of Kent, between the High Weald and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All these towns and villages near Tonbridge are within a short drive.

Just 6 miles north of Tonbridge, you'll find one of Kent's most charismatic buildings, the moated manor house, Ightham Mote. Built in the 14th century, its half-timbered façade rises from the waters; a wood panelled Great Hall, cosy book-packed library and stunning courtyard lie within.

At Aylesford Priory, the Friars offers a fascinating insight into life within the centuries-old order of the Carmelites. The rare shrubs and exotic perennials at Great Comp Garden surround a 17th century manor house, while there's a profusion of scent at Downderry Nursery where you can stroll among swathes of vivid, fragrance-rich lavender and rosemary.

For a fun-filled family outing, head to the Hop Farm and experience a range of fascinating features and wonders including taking a Dray ride with the Shire horses, finding out about llamas, reindeer, goats and pigs in the recently expanded Animal Village or learning hop-picking heritage in the interactive Hop Story Museum.

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What's Nearby

  1. Tonbridge Castle

    Open all year, Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, Sun/BH 10.30am-4pm. Closed Christmas & New Year. Last...

    0.04 miles away
  2. Haysden Country Park

    Short Description is not available

    1.33 miles away
  3. St. Thomas a Becket Church

    Basically a Norman church from the 14th Century with significant wall paintings of 13th...

    3.28 miles away
  1. Downderry Nursery

    Set in the peaceful beauty of a walled garden Downderry is the home of National Plant...

    4.09 miles away
  2. Penshurst Place and Gardens

    A truly English House and Garden.

    4.17 miles away
  3. Ightham Mote


    Built nearly 700 years ago, Ightham Mote has been described as ‘one of the most...

    4.21 miles away
  4. One Tree Hill


    Protected for over 100 years, a beautiful slice of Kent countryside

    Dr and Mrs...

    4.4 miles away
  5. Christmas Ice Skating in Tunbridge Wells

    Experience the magic of ice skating outdoors in Tunbridge Wells this Christmas.   Set...

    4.45 miles away
  6. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

    Beautiful hillside garden, privately owned by the Rogers family since 1840, extensive...

    4.46 miles away
  7. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat receiving theatre offering an eclectic...

    4.5 miles away
  8. Old Soar Manor

    Solar block of late 13th century knights' dwellings with a rectangular hall with chapel,...

    4.76 miles away
  9. Spa Valley Railway

    3½ miles through the picturesque Kentish Weald countryside.

    5.13 miles away
  10. The Hop Farm Family Park

    A collection of well-preserved Victorian oast houses, home to the Hop Story Museum and...

    5.22 miles away
  11. Chiddingstone Village


    One of the most beautiful and oldest villages in Kent

    One of the prettiest villages...

    5.49 miles away
  12. Knole

    Set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole's fascinating...

    5.64 miles away
  13. Chiddingstone Castle

    Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a...

    5.72 miles away
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