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Kent is dubbed the “Garden of England” not just because of it’s productive agricultural industry, but because of the beautiful countryside which you are never far from. Hops have always been a big industry in Kent, and subsequently Kent is famous for its beer. There are many of the former hop-drying oast houses in the village of Hadlow, which was a large part of the West Kent brewing industry.

During the Norman Invasion, Kent was one of the few areas which was not defeated by William The Conqueror due to the excellent defence system of castles and forts. The Bayeux Tapestry is believed to have been made in Kent, and William marched through Kent on his way to London. For a taste of the Norman Invasion, a visit to the castles and forts which are still standing is a must.

     

 

Local Links

Hadlow Tower

Hadlow Tower, Hadlow, KentHadlow Tower Visitor CentreA grade 1 listed folly built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries which has been recently restored and converted to holiday accommodation.

The tower is open to visitors on Thursdays, with timed tours available only by pre-booking (www.hadlowtower.com). Visitors will be able to climb to the top of the 130ft high tower and see spectacular views. There is also an exhibition centre on the ground floor explaining about the history of Hadlow Castle, the people who lived there and how the tower was restored.

Limited Opening

The Tower will be open to the public but only on these dates:
Hadlow Tower Open Days 13–15, 20–22 June 11am-4pm.
First visit 11.00am; last visit 3.30pm. It takes about an hour to go round and look at the exhibition centre. The grounds are private and there’s no public access without a ticket. To book email visitors@hadlowtower.com or take a chance and turn up at the gate. See http://www.hadlowtower.com for details.
Volunteer stewards are needed urgently! Please contact Caroline on 07399 938059/email visitors@hadlowtower.com

www.hadlowtower.com

 

St. Mary’s Church

The parish church of St Mary’s has been a place of worship for over 1000 years. The church is open for visits on weekday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm.

www.stmaryshadlow.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Broadview Gardens

Broadview GardensA series of themed gardens open to the public. The extensive grounds host national collections of plants including hellebores. The Broadview complex includes a tea room and garden centre.
www.broadviewgardens.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Dene Park

DeneParkA large mixed woodland with an array of pathways from which to explore the variety of broadleaf trees and conifers. This 95 hectare wood is owned by the Forestry Commission. An important site for dormice, moths and butterflies. Picnic area and car park.
www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandkentnoforestdenepark

 

 

 

 

General Links

Visit South East

The beautiful south is closer than you think. Your official guide to South East England.
www.visitsoutheastengland.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Maidstone

Visit the Heart of Kent A Guide to Maidstone. The Heart of Kent is your guide to accommodation, places to visit and events in and around Ashford, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tenterden, Tonbridge, Cranbrook and Royal Tunbridge Wells.
www.visitheartofkent.com

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Kent

Visit Kent Kent is steeped in history and heritage and is also rightly renowned throughout the world as the Garden of England. Our extensive coastline boasts an enviable array of blue flag award winning beaches and thrilling watersports activities.

www.visitkent.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Visit Tunbridge Wells

Visit Tunbridge WellsTunbridge Wells – Attracting visitors for 400 years…

www.visittunbridgewells.com

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage

Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge boasts Kent’s best example of a Motte-and-Bailey Gatehouse, and its mighty gatehouse is among the finest in England.

www.tonbridgecastle.org

 

 

 

 

Penshurst Place

Set in the rural Weald of Kent surrounded by picturesque countryside and ancient parkland, Penshurst Place and Gardens has changed little over the centuries. This mediaeval masterpiece has been the seat of the Sidney family since 1552 and retains the warmth and character of a much-loved family home.

www.penshurstplace.com

 

 

 

Leeds Castle

Visit Leeds Castle

Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, a visit to Leeds Castle in the garden of England is full of discovery. Open all year round, its special blend of heritage and history, glorious gardens, attractions, programme of events, and licensed restaurant make it the perfect choice for a day out.

www.leeds-castle.com

 

 

 

 

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Historic Hever Castle and Gardens with its enchanting double-moated castle and 125 acres of spectacular gardens to explore, offers the visitor plenty to discover and enjoy.

www.hevercastle.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Chiddingstone Castle


Where else, away from the hustle and crowds of London, could you hope to find such a tranquil and exciting treasure as Chiddingstone Castle? A unique and unspoilt castle in Kent.

www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

 

 

 

Chartwell House

Chartwell
The home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death, Chartwell is still much as he left it, the rooms strongly evoking his career and wide interests. They include museum rooms with medals, uniforms, photographs and gifts from all over the world.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

 

 

 

 

Knole House & Deer Park

Knole House
Knole is a true treasure house. Very few historic houses preserve so completely their historic atmosphere, fewer still such an array of exceptional artefacts. Together, they contrive to tell a fully immersive story about a family and its standing in the nation.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

 

 

 

 

Bayham Abbey

Visit Bayham Abbey

Bayham Abbey makes a fascinating day out on the Kent Sussex border. The impressive ruins include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/bayhamabbey

 

 

 

 

Ightham Mote

Nestling in a sunken valley, Ightham Mote, dating from 1320 with important later additions and alterations, is a rare example of a moated medieval manor house.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ighthammote

 

 

 

 

 

Family Attractions

Hop Farm Family Park

The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood

Our Award Winning World of Activities is packed full of new features, rides and undercover wonders to entertain and fuel imaginations – come and enjoy one of life’s biggest adventures. For a fun filled great value family day out, immerse yourself in many activities during your visit, there really is something for everyone.

www.thehopfarm.co.uk

 

 

Buckmore Park Kart Circuit

Buckmore Park Karting circuit

Kart racing for kids, adults, corporate groups & owner/drivers.

Go karting at Buckmore Park Kart Circuit is available to all ages from 4-84 years. It is the kart circuit where current British F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button honed their skills.

The circuit caters for all, whether it is an individual child or a corporate group of 210; from Bambino through cadet and junior to senior racing in both hire and owner/driver classes. We also offer children’s parties, Laser Warfare games, Stag and Hen Parties and off road activities such as quad bike safaris and Powerturn buggy sessions.

www.buckmore.co.uk

 

Cyclopark

Cyclopark is Kent’s new multi sports activity venue providing first class cycling, BMX, skateboarding, running and extreme sports facilities set amongst 43 hectares of rolling landscaped parklands.

Located near Gravesend, within easy access of the M25, A2, Ebbsfleet International and Bluewater shopping centre, Cyclopark provides the ideal venue for a family day out.

www.cyclopark.com

 

 

Bewl Water

Bewl Water

The South East’s largest lake, set within the tranquil beauty of the Wealden countryside. Visitor centre, gift shop, refreshments and family restaurant with good disabled access. Passenger boat, cycle hire, woodland playground, round water track, plus watersports including trout fishing, sailing, windsurfing, rowing and canoeing.

www.bewlwater.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Tonbridge Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool

Visit Bewl Water

Tonbridge boasts it’s own leisure centre with an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a fully equipped health suite to relax and work-out in. Tonbridge Indoor and Outdoor Pool is open to the public all year round and offers very reasonable rates of a swim or use of it’s health suite.

www.tmactive.co.uk

 

 

 

Spa Valley Railway

Visit Spa Valley Railway

The Spa Valley Railway runs for 3½ miles through the picturesque Kentish Weald countryside between the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the village of Groombridge, stopping off in between at High Rocks. Come and visit us and enjoy the delights of travelling behind a steam train, through Kent and Sussex.

www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Poult Wood Golf Course

Visit Poult Wood Golf Course

Poult Wood has earned the enviable reputation of providing the quality of golf and standard of facilities that are on a par with any private course – except Poult Wood is a public course open to everyone.

www.poultwoodgolf.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Brands Hatch Race Circuit

Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit – Race cars, Superbikes, Rally cars, Caterham 7s, driving days, trackdays, off-road driving – events for all the family.

www.brandshatch.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Gardens

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the ‘Picturesque’ style as his inspiration.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle

 

 

 

 

 

Groombridge Place

Groombridge Place

Groombridge Place Gardens & The Enchanted Forest – magic and mystery, history and intrigue, romance and peace at these beautiful award winning gardens – providing an unusual combination of a traditional heritage garden with the excitement, challenge and fun of the ancient woodland – appealing to young and old alike.

www.groombridgeplace.com

 

 

 

Sissinghurst Castle & Garden

This internationally renowned garden was developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden

 

 

 

 

 

Marle Place Gardens

Marle Place Gardens

In Brenchley, near Tonbridge in Kent, Marle Place is a peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden, ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard.

www.marleplace.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Emmets Garden

Emmetts Garden

Charming Emmetts – an Edwardian estate owned by Frederick Lubbock – was a plantsman’s passion and a much-loved family home.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Comp Garden

Great Comp Garden

Set in the heart of the Garden of England and surrounding a 17th century house, Great Comp Garden is the delightful creation of Roderick and Joy Cameron since moving to Great Comp in 1957.

www.greatcompgarden.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens

A quintessentially English Garden, located in South East England, surrounding a private Grade I listed timber-framed house, dating from 1550 and enlarged in 1720.

www.pashleymanorgardens.com

 

 

 

 

 

Downderry Lavender Nursery

Visit Downderry Lavender, Hadlow, Kent

Downderry is a sensual experience always worth a visit. Set in the peaceful beauty of an old walled garden, Downderry is home to the National Plant Collections of Lavender and Rosemary in Kent. But we are more than custodians of these astonishing plants.

www.downderry-nursery.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Bedgebury Pinetum

Bedgebury Pinetum

Bedgebury Pinetum has the finest collection of conifers in the world providing enjoyment to visitors who come to appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of this unique attraction, which nestles quietly among lakes and valleys in the Kent countryside.

www.bedgeburypinetum.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards

The vineyards were established by the Barnes family in 1969. Starting at of an acre the vineyards has now reached 22 acres with nine varieties of grapes grown. Set on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley, ideal conditions for vines.

www.biddendenvineyards.com

 

 

Chapel Down Vineyard

Chapel Down

Visit picturesque Tenterden Vineyard in the heart of the Kent countryside only 15 minutes south of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The Vineyard Shop is stocked full of the award winning ‘Chapel Down’, ‘Curious Grape’ and the new ‘Lamberhurst Estate’ wines together with a large range of local cheese, ham, pickles, chutneys and preserves. Free tastings of both wine and some of our food lines are offered all year round.

www.chapeldown.com

 

 

 

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Hadlow Parish Council
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Hadlow Old School Hall
Hadlow
Kent
TN11 0EH

Telephone: 01732 851878

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