Ashford and Tenterden Tourism Association Brochure 2017
Great Days Out ~ Places to Visit ~ Where to Stay
Produced and published by the Tourism Department, Ashford Borough Council
Historic Houses and Gardens
Stroll around the grounds of Godinton House where delphiniums are a speciality or savour the peaceful setting of the woodland garden at Beech Court. Discover the stunning bluebells and autumn colours at Hole Park and for an extra special day, book onto a Fact or Fiction guided tour.
Enjoy international and home-grown talent at Revelation Ashford, the award-winning music and arts venue. Treat yourself to a ranger, photography day or overnight safari at The Big Cat Sanctuary, then relax and unwind at Green Farm Spa. Take in first-class sporting facilities at the Julie Rose Stadium and Stour Centre, expert tuition at Paul Foston’s world-class Golf Academy or enjoy a warm welcome at the 9 hole London Beach and 18 hole Tenterden Golf Clubs.
Steam along to medieval Bodiam Castle with the Kent & East Sussex Railway and then enjoy the animals and fun activities at the Rare Breeds Centre. Head towards Appledore and atmospheric Romney Marsh and take a trip on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway – ‘the world’s smallest public railway’. Visit Howletts Wild Anima Park and Port Lympne Reserve home to some of the world’s most endangered animals.
History and Heritage
Celebrate Ashford’s railway heritage at the Borough Museum and see corn being ground at Willesborough Windmill. Watch local history come alive at Woodchurch and Tenterden Museums. Discover Morgan three-wheeled cars at Rolvenden and visit Stocks Windmill, Kent’s tallest post mill built in 1781.
Head for Ashford Town Centre and County Square Shopping Centre for top high street stores and to the Ashford Designer Outlet for brand names at big discounts. Don’t miss a visit to the town centre’s first family-run tearoom – The Little Teapot. Browse in the many antique and independent shops in Tenterden and then visit Stevenson Brothers Rocking Horse Workshop in nearby Bethersden. A visit to Ticketyboo in Wye, an old Cobblers turned gift and art shop, is a must.
Follow our vineyard and brewery trail and enjoy tours and tastings at Chapel Down, Hush Heath and Biddenden Vineyards, and the Old Dairy Brewery - you can even take the tour by Electric Bike! Gibbet Oak sells a range of locally produced Kentish fare and their own apples, pears, ciders and fruit juices.
Visiting in 2017
Ashford and Tenterden are ideal bases from which to discover the very best of the Garden of England.
Set among beautiful ’Darling Buds of May’ countryside, a host of beautiful gardens, historic houses, steam railways, award-winning vineyards, windmills and small, unique attractions are waiting to be discovered.
Ashford’s high-speed train service means London is just 38 minutes away, and for the more adventurous, Paris, Brussels and Lille are just a couple of hours by Eurostar. There is also a wealth of top quality accommodation - from first-class hotels and cosy B & Bs to self-catering in oast houses and modern holiday parks.
Ashford offers all the best of a flourishing market town, with its rich mix of historic buildings, and all the vibrancy of a modern international gateway, with Ashford’s International Eurostar station lending a continental ambience.
Tenterden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’, is a typical English country town. At its heart is the attractive high street full of antique shops, tea rooms, inns and specialist shops with wide tree-lined greens distancing you from the world going by.
Places to Visit & Where to Stay
Bed & Breakfast
Self Catering Agencies
Camping & Caravanning
Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road,
Ashford, Kent TN23 1AS Tel: 01233 330316
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