Explore a 900-year-old castle in Tonbridge
Tonbridge in Kent has been a bustling market town since the Middle Ages. Its main attraction is Tonbridge Castle, which stands beside the River Medway. It's one of the country's best examples of a motte-and-bailey gatehouse, built under the reign of William the Conqueror. Audio tours and hands-on exhibits bring its history to life - climb the battlements and imagine the castle under attack.
If you want some fresh air, head to Haysden Country Park, boasting 64 hectares of beautiful woodland and marshland, two lakes, picnic areas and a stretch of the River Medway running through it.
Step back in time at Penshurst Place
Overflowing with Tudor charm, this fortified manor house showcases paintings, tapestries and antique furniture. The medieval Baron's Hall and opulent state rooms definitely have the wow factor. The Elizabethan walled gardens are divided into 'rooms' by yew hedges, each with their own season and colour. There's also a toy museum and maize maze in summer.
Neighbouring Penshurst village is also well worth a visit. It's quintessentially English, with timber-framed buildings, quaint tearooms and cosy pubs.
Jump around at The Hop Farm
For a fun-filled family day out, head to Hop Farm in the heart of the Kent countryside to experience an array of wonders. The kids can meet llamas, reindeer, goats and pigs in the Animal Village, groom Shire horses and play on Giant Jumping Pillows. At the Hop Story Museum, you can learn all about the site's hop-picking heritage.
Planning a trip to Tonbridge? Travelodge Tunbridge Wells Hotel is around four miles from the town. Or you could try Travelodge Maidstone Central Hotel.