Heritage and Gardens
Stunning gardens, steam railways, country estates and specialist museums are waiting to be discovered.
In Ashford and Tenterden explore the essence of old England. Here heritage comes to life. Magnificent estates; gorgeous gardens; compelling museums; serene churches; iconic windmills; thrilling railways.
A charming cluster of historic houses means you can discover everything from grand manors stacked with clocks and antiques, to important theatrical collections and intimate, half-timbered homes.
The gentle countryside around Ashford and Tenterden shelters pockets of sheer delight for gardeners. In intimate enclaves and formal estates, spring colour and summer blooms meet sweeping, topiary-framed lawns and rolling parks. Hidden gems include Godinton House & Gardens, Hole Park, Beech Court Gardens and Belmont House. And there are quintessentially English idylls that wow horticulturalists the world over: Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.
Here a powerful railway history resonates with an exciting present. Hop on a steam train to puff along some of the country's most attractive and famous lines. Ashford's museum ensures the town's railway past resonates. Present and future links come courtesy of super-fast services to London, on High Speed 1, and Europe, on Eurostar.
With a heritage this intriguing, Ashford and Tenterden's museums and churches have some absorbing stories to tell. Discover the graffiti of past schoolchildren, hopping history, ancient barns, and vintage and model cars. Then drink in beauty and architecture in the area's tranquil churches.
And a batch of bewitching windmills adds even more interest to horizons already picturesque. See the sails sweep, stones grind and flour emerge in engrossing buildings where the past come quietly, but powerfully, to life.