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Cranbrook Kent

Cranbrook is a small town known as the capital of the Weald. Its routes go back to 1290 when it was granted a charter by Archbishop Peckham, allowing it to hold a market in the high street. Today it retains that medieval heritage and a wander through the town will make you feel like you’ve stepped back into history with its medieval buildings, narrow pavements and high street and pretty, white clapboard cottages.

Look out for the plaques on the buildings of historical interest, and a visit is not complete without a look at St Dunstan’s clock, which was a prototype for London’s Big Ben and a visit to Cranbrook’s famous Union Windmill. Cranbrook Museum is also worth a stop (closed in winter), and visitors will enjoy a pleasant stroll down Stone Street and the High Street which has a great selection of shops.

Cranbrook is the smallest town in Kent, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in everything else. It was in the top three in ‘The Times’ list of best towns in Britain. The newspaper described it as “an achingly pretty market town dotted with clapboard houses and a windmill.” Well worth a visit.

Cranbrook Kent
Things to see & do in & around Cranbrook

Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest - cycling, walks & the world's best conifer collection
Cranbrook Museum - over 6,000 exhibits from Cranbrook & the Weald
Go Ape! Bedgebury - outdoor adventure fun (great for groups and families)
The Queen's Hall Theatre - a diverse range of shows for all ages
Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens - beautiful gardens and an Elizabethan manor house
St Dunstan’s Church - the so-called 'Cathedral of the Weald'
Union Windmill - the tallest surviving "smock mill" in the British Isles

Recommended places to eat & drink in Cranbrook

The George - a delightful pub & restaurant in a historic building dating back from 1300
The White Horse - a traditional country pub

Also see Sissinghurst, Benenden and Biddenden places to eat and drink.

Recommended places to stay in Cranbrook

Church Gates (B&B)
Cloth Hall Oast (B&B)
The George Hotel (3*)
Gertie's Cottage (self-catering)
The White Horse (pub)
Sissinghurst Castle Farmhouse (B&B)
Pullington Barn (B&B)

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