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Goudhurst Kent

This attractive and romantic little village perches on a steep hill with a duck pond at the bottom and is situated between Tunbridge Wells and Cranbrook. It is also home to a number of good restaurants and pubs, as well as Finchocks Musical Museum (an impressive historic building in itself).

In the 12th and 13th centuries Goudhurst grew as a farming village before around 1330 when Flemish weavers set up shop, and the Weavers Cottages today are part of what makes this village so charming. In Tudor times all around Goudhurst were iron foundries, and then as industry declined the Weald of Kent became involved in the smuggling of contraband. In 1747 Goudhurst formed a local militia to restore law and order and put down the dreaded Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers (see Hawkhurst).

Goudhurst is also close to the stunning fairytale-like Scotney Castle and also Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest which provides a great day out for those that love the outdoors (dogs included!).

Goudhurst Kent
Things to see & do in and around Goudhurst

Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest - cycling, walks & the world's best conifer collection
Bewl Water - watersports, fishing & family waterside fun
Finchocks Musical Museum - celebrated musical collection in a Georgian manor house
Go Ape! Bedgebury - outdoor adventure fun (great for groups and families)
Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens - beautiful gardens and an Elizabethan manor house
Scotney Castle - a romantic fairytale castle surrounded by a moat

Also see Cranbrook things to see & do.

Recommended places to eat and drink in Goudhurst

The Goudhurst Inn - gastro pub & restaurant
Green Cross Inn - pub & seafood restaurant
La Zia Maria - Italian grub
The Star &Eagle - bar & restaurant

Where to stay in Goudhurst

The Star &Eagle (Hotel)
Hunny Lodge (B&B)
Smugley Cottage (self-catering)
Three Chimney's Farm (B&B)

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