Located on the banks of the River Medway in Kent, Tonbridge is a market town situated in the gorgeous English countryside. Home to a picture perfect castle, stunning rolling landscapes and quiet country villages, Tonbridge is a fantastic country getaway. The town has a rich and fascinating heritage that history buffs will love to explore like Tonbridge Castle and Manor House. Outdoorsy types will enjoy exploring the fantastic countryside here, with plenty of hiking trails and walks in and around the surrounding area. There’s also plenty on offer for climbers and those who enjoy other outdoor pursuits such as abseiling. For those love shopping, Tonbridge doesn’t disappoint. It is within easy reach of Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford, home to 330 shops.
A hatchback is spacious for those travelling with a family and fuel -efficient if you’re planning any long-distance journeys.
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Important things to note
Most areas of interest in Tonbridge are accessible on foot. The town centre is fairly small, so parking spaces might be limited. It’s recommended to park outside the town centre where possible.
Tonbridge is has great transport links with excellent connections to both Brighton and Maidstone via the A26.
The larger and newer town of Tunbridge Wells is a short drive away, located 4 miles south of Tonbridge.
Highlights & Hotspots
Enjoy an afternoon out with the family at Haysden Country Park. This excellent park and gardens offers fantastic walks and cycle trails. There’s also a fantastic play area for the kids to enjoy as well as excellent nature trails which the whole family can enjoy.
Outdoorsy types should head to Extreme Ventures, an outdoor climbing and activity venue which offers excellent climbing and abseiling facilities. There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities for young and older children.
History buffs will love paying Tonbridge Castle a visit. This well preserved Motte and Bailey castle is one of the best of its kind. Guided and audio tours of the castle are available, for those who want to learn more about this fascinating building.
Another great place to visit with the family is Penshurst Place and Gardens home to an excellent Manor House where and array historical paintings and tapestries are on display. There are also some stunning walled gardens which are gorgeous in spring and summer. There’s also loads on offer for kids, including a fantastic adventure playground and a woodland trail.
The closest airport to Tonbridge is London Gatwick Airport, which is located approximately 30 miles west northwest of Tonbridge‚Äôs town centre and is accessible via the M25 motorway, leading onto the M23 towards Crawley.
The airport is one of the UK‚Äôs busiest, having two terminals (North and South) and serving over 35 million passengers every year. Connections by train are available which eventually lead to Tonbridge.