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ashford

A great base for exploring

Dynamic Ashford is alive with aspirations - and is achieving them too.  International rail links ensure a cosmopolitan vibe; a well-preserved past adds intriguing appeal.

Ashford is just 38 minutes from London by train; Paris and Brussels are less than a two-hour rail ride away.  So you can rejoice in this bustling town's cool contemporary feel.  Bag big-brand bargains at the Ashford Designer Outlet, browse top-name high street stores at County Square shopping Centre, then chill out in a welcoming cafe.

There's cutting-edge culture on offer too.  ShivaNova brings pulsating world-music to town.  At exquisitely restored St. Mary the Virgin Church, Revelation St. Mary's performances include acclaimed acoustic sets.

This forward-thinking town is pioneering a 'shared-space'; visit to see how pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can exist happily, side-by side.  The Ashford Green Corridor brings soothing nature reserves to the heart of town.  And to help out a little, Ashford has also introduced FREE parking in the council's car parks for shoppers and visitors to the town - click here for details

Superb eateries abound; Ashford Bowling offers the ultimate 10-pin experience.  Eureka Entertainment adds a high-tech multiplex, while local accommodation notches up the accolades - there's everything from a facility-packed, five-star caravan park, to a luxury four-star hotel with its own super-swish spa.

And amid all these bursts of the new, Ashford proudly preserves a still-vibrant past.  In Middle Row medieval, Georgian and Jacobean buildings flank narrow alleys; weather-boarded cottages frame a historic church.  Heritage comes to life at Ashford Borough Museum; see centuries-old graffiti and evocative railway exhibits, including a ticket office, tools and speeding model trains.

Our Heritage Trail will ensure that you don't miss the hidden gems, either pop in to the Ashford or Tenterden Visitor information for your copy or click on the 'useful information' link on the right of the page.

On Ashford's fringes, don't miss Godinton House & Gardens, one of Kent's finest historic estates.  Here wander wood-panelled rooms, replete with antiques, then relax and recharge in grand grounds where clipped hedges fringe deep-green lawns and sweeps of spring and summer blooms.

Nearby sits picture-perfect, still-working Willesborough Windmill, offering an enthralling insight into our pre-electricity past, and home-baked cakes too.

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