Tonbridge

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Tonbridge featuring a church or cathedral, a castle and heritage elements
This small town southeast of London offers family fun and interesting history amid a pretty rural setting full of wildlife, trees and rolling hills.

The small town of Tonbridge is a peaceful retreat, with charming traditional British pubs and shops, along the Medway River. There’s also historical landmarks, including a castle and a manor house, and several markets. The town sits just outside London and is a popular spot for tourists looking for a short break from the capital city. Spend a quiet afternoon at a pub by the river or exploring an English country garden.

Start your visit in the center of town at the Tonbridge Castle. Take an audio tour for a small fee to learn about the 900-year-old history of the castle then relax in the surrounding gardens.

Visit one of the markets in town. Buy fresh local produce from the Farmers Market on the second Sunday of every month. The regular Saturday market in the town center has been running since 1259. Today, stall vendors sell everything from clothes and hardware to fresh fruit, vegetables and meat.

East of the town center is the Church of St. Thomas à Becket, famous for its 13th- and 14th-century wall paintings. It’s said that Becket, who was the archbishop of Canterbury, preached at the church almost 1,000 years ago.

Head further east and you’ll come to the small town of Paddock Wood and The Hop Farm Family Park. At this adventure park you can jump around on Giant Jumping Pillows, watch a 4-D movie about pirates and pet animals such as calves, lambs and goats on the farm.

Drive 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers) west of Tonbridge to Penshurst Village, where you’ll come to the majestic Penshurst Place. The manor house dates back to the 14th century and was the ancestral home of an aristocratic family. Stroll through its scenic walled gardens and admire the colorful flowers. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.

Tonbridge is a 1-hour drive southeast of London. Come by train from the capital and train or bus from many towns in the surrounding Kent County. Rent a bike to enjoy the fresh air and pretty English countryside.

Hadlow Manor
Hadlow Manor
3 out of 5
Goose Green, Hadlow, Tonbridge, England, TN11 0JH
The price is £57 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Tonbridge. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
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Hadlow Manor
Best Western Rose & Crown Hotel
Best Western Rose & Crown Hotel
3 out of 5
125 High Street, Rose & Crown Hotel/125, Tonbridge, England, TN9 1DD
The price is £72 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
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3.8/5 Good! (268 reviews)
"Was very convenient and the staff accommodating"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2022

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The Carpenters Arms
The Carpenters Arms
3.5 out of 5
Three Elm Lane, Tonbridge, England, TN11 0AD
The price is £89 per night from 29 Jul to 30 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Tonbridge. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the bathrooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (37 reviews)
"Very enjoyable stay with great food and service."

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2022

The Carpenters Arms
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Flexistay Tulsi Aparthotel
Flexistay Tulsi Aparthotel
3 out of 5
256a High Street, Croydon, England, CR0 1NF
The price is £85 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Croydon. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the spacious rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (120 reviews)
"Never again this hotel smells I didn’t get any sleep whatsoever"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2019

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Summer Escape Luxury Hobbit House With hot tub
Summer Escape Luxury Hobbit House With hot tub
3 out of 5
Sheerness, England
The price is £150 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Sheerness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Minster Gatehouse Museum and Barton's Point Country ...
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The Coach House
The Coach House
3.5 out of 5
Horns Hill, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, England, TN18 4XD
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Cranbrook. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Merriments Gardens and Pashley Manor Gardens are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"An amazing place to stay!!! We thoroughly enjoyed!!!"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2022

The Coach House
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