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Ashford Kent

Ashford is a large historic market town in the heart of rural Kent with the benefit of fantastic links to London and Europe with the Eurostar passing through. It’s popular with tourists who want the links to mainland Europe and shoppers, but there’s plenty more to warrant a longer stay.

The town was incorporated in 1243 and by the end of the 16th century it had risen to become an important market town, primarily for livestock, with the market held in the High Street until 1856. Parts of the parish church date from the 13th century but was substantially restored in the 15th century with many alterations since. The grammar school founded in 1638 was built on the churchyard’s west side and is now the home of the Ashford Museum.

Nearby Godinton is also worth a trip - a superb ancient estate with a Jacobean medieval hall among other impressive rooms, set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens. It’s also worth taking a trip to Willesborough Windmill, a smock mill built in 1869 and now a Grade II* listed building, which has events in spring and summer. For shoppers, Ashford Designer Outlet should definitely be on the to-do list.

If you're visiting Ashford you must also take time to visit the charming nearby town of Tenterden too.

Ashford Kent
Things to see & do in and around Ashford

Ashford Museum - a local history museum, housed in a 17th century former school
Ashford Designer Outlet - designer clothes at discount prices
Godinton - a magnificent Jacobean house with formal gardens
Hamstreet Woods National Nature Reserve - a spectacular ancient woodland
Willesborough Windmill - a restored & working windmill built in 1869

Recommended places to eat and drink in Ashford

The Chilli Bite - sandwiches, curries and South African specialities on the High St
Farriers Arms - great food and its own microbrewery in a 17th Century oak-beamed pub
Footprints Café Bistro - excellent food made with ethically sourced ingredients
Everest Inn - Ghurka restaurant serving upmarket Nepalese and Indian Cuisine

Where to stay in Ashford

Ashford International Hotel (4*)
Eastwell Manor (4*)
Holiday Inn (3*)
Stone Green Farm (B&B)

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