Things to do in Kent and Sussex
Manor Court Farm in Kent is ideally situated for visiting historic houses, castles, abbeys, archaeological sites, beautiful gardens, the coast, oast houses and hop gardens, all set in the lovely countryside in the South East of England. The farm is situated on the Kent/Sussex border and both counties have a lot to offer. Kent is known as ‘the Garden of England’.
Within easy reach of our farm are Penshurst Place and Gardens, Hever Castle, Bedgebury National Pinetum, Chartwell (the home of Winston Churchill), Great Dixter House and Gardens, Leeds Castle, Chiddingstone Castle, Ightham Mote (rare 14th Century moated manor house), Bodiam Castle, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Lullingstone Castle World Garden, Knole (where Vita Sackville-West was born), Sissinghurst Castle (renowned for its beautiful gardens created by the same Vita, where she lived later in her life), Groombridge Place with Enchanted Garden (just one mile away), the Spa Valley Railway (with steam trains), Pooh Corner and Hundred Acre Wood (five miles away), Scotney Castle, Ashdown Forest, the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery at Margate and Standen (an Arts and Crafts house with original designs by William Morris). Many other private local homes and gardens are open on certain days each year – we can give you advice and help you plan your outings. There are numerous opportunities for sporting activities such as horse riding (Ashdown Forest), rock climbing (Groombridge, indoors at Evolution, and outdoors at Harrisons Rocks), sailing (Bewl Water), climbing an assault course (Go Ape, Bedgebury), swimming (Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough), fishing as well as cycling and walking.
A number of well-known towns are also within easy reach, including the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells (just 10 minutes away), with its excellent shopping centre and theatre, the cathedral city of Canterbury, Chatham with its maritime centre and Dicken’s World, the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery at Margate, the seaside towns of Brighton (famous for its ‘Royal Pavilion’ and ‘The Lanes’, where there are countless antique shops), Hastings and Eastbourne. The charming ancient small town of Rye, with its thriving artists community, is well worth an outing.
London is easy to reach by train – it takes only 42 minutes from Tonbridge to Charing Cross, and there are usually four trains an hour. From Ashurst the trains take about 55 minutes.
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