Tenterden - the jewel of the Weald
As one of Kent’s best-loved towns, Tenterden has an appealing mix of tree-lined streets, rare architecture and independent shops. At Tenterden Museum you can see relics from the town’s past, including the Tenterden Tapestry and an old horse-drawn fire engine. The Kent coast is a 15-minute drive away if you fancy some sea air during your visit.
Steam along the Kent & East Sussex Railway
Enjoy a scenic train ride through 10 miles of beautiful Kent countryside. This heritage railway runs from Tenterden to Bodiam, and you can hop on and off the train at the different stops along the way at your leisure. In Tenterden, don’t miss the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum. It’s free with your train ticket, and tells the extraordinary story of Stephens, who built branch lines up and down the country. Bodiam station is close to the National Trust’s Bodiam Castle, so why not take the short walk up to the historic site to explore the picturesque medieval ruin?
Enjoy a few tipples on the Tenterden Wine Trail
Many of the UK’s finest drinks producers are based within a short drive of each other. The chalk soils and relatively warm climate are ideal conditions for grape growing. Wine buffs will surely want to pay a visit to Chapel Down, which produces award-winning English sparkling wines. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards to learn about the processes involved in transforming grapes into wine, before tasting some of the products. The wine trail also covers Biddenden Vineyards and the Gusbourne Estate. Planning a trip to Tenterden? Book a stay at Travelodge Ashford Hotel or Travelodge Hastings Hotel.