Contrasts combine in Ashford, a forward-thinking town that blends chic style with quaint country life. Traces of Old England await in Ashford's historic estates, world-class vineyards and picturesque green spaces.
Things to do in Ashford
Head for the hills at Kent Downs, a rolling green wonderland that encapsulates the very best of England’s countryside. Walk through rich habitats teeming with wildlife, explore an extensive woodland and find moments of tranquillity amid the farms, cottages and bubbling brooks.
Lose yourself in Middle Row, the heart of Ashford where medieval, Georgian and Jacobean buildings meet amongst narrow alleys. Walk the heritage trail to learn about Ashford’s origins, from its prehistoric roots to its transformation into one of Kent's most important towns during the 17th century.
Encounter endangered native animals at the Rare Breeds Centre. There's plenty of opportunities to interact with the wildlife, from chasing after piglets to patting guinea pigs and witnessing the colourful Brahma cockerel. Nature lovers can learn to handle birds of prey, including how to call and command each one to glide or hover from your hand.
Discover 600 years of history at the Godinton House. Beautiful parklands fringe the estate, while the house itself contains a selection of antique furniture, porcelain and art. After you’ve explored the gardens, enjoy a homemade cake in the old Billiard Room or venture across to Biddenden Vineyards to taste the region's award-winning wine and apple cider.
Getting around Ashford
By train, Ashford is 50 minutes from London and less than two hours from Paris and Brussels. Ashford’s network of buses and trains access nearby attractions around Kent, while the town centre is easily explored on foot.