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Tonbridge
Travel Guide

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
The price is £67 per night from 8 Jul to 8 Jul
Situated in Tonbridge, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Broadview Gardens and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kings Hill Golf Club and Hop Farm Family Park. All ...
4.1/5Very Good! (194 reviews)
Hadlow Manor stay
"An excellent stay once again. All staff have a can't do enough attitude."

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

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
The price is £72 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in the heart of Tonbridge, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tonbridge Castle and Haysden Country Park. High Weald and All Saints' Tudeley are also ...
3.7/5Good! (233 reviews)
Tri weekend
"Great service, friendly staff. Nothing too much trouble. Good food. Poached eggs on final morning slightly over cooked. Will be coming back to stay next year for the triathalon."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Best Western Rose & Crown Hotel
The Carpenters Arms
The Carpenters Arms
3.5 out of 5
Three Elm Lane, Tonbridge, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £80 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Situated in Tonbridge, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Broadview Gardens and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Tonbridge Castle. Haysden Country Park and All Saints' Tudeley ...
4.4/5Excellent! (22 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Very helpful"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

The Carpenters Arms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Wharf Medway
The Wharf Medway
4 out of 5
25 The Wharf, Dock Head Road, Chatham, England
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Checking in was confusing. Would have been fine if we knew the process and the area, but we didnt. Had to go to a fish&chip shop to pick up the keys (meant to pick up a parking permit but one wasn't provided) then had to find the parking space. Told to right a note to leave on the car dashboard. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

The Wharf Medway
Quantock Lodge 1
Quantock Lodge 1
finsbury Road, 24, Rochester, ENG
Located in the heart of Rochester, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Guildhall Museum and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Rochester ...
Quantock Lodge 1
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
10 New Rd Ave, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial are ...
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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7 Dec 2019

Tonbridge is a great town offering a wide variety of shops and restaurant

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2 Oct 2019

Nice town. Pity about the hotel

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23 Aug 2019

highly recommended

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30 Mar 2019

A beautiful place to visit

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26 Mar 2019

We visited the church in Tudley that has the famous Marc Chagall stained glass. This is definitely worth seeing if you have a couple of hours. Tonbridge itself was less impressive though there are some decent restaurants...

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1 Mar 2019

I didn’t have time to look around but it seemed a lovely little village

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