LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Tonbridge Castle

Less than 3 miles from Shipbourne, Tonbridge Castle boasts Kent's best example of a Motte-and-Bailey Gatehouse; its mighty gatehouse being among the finest in England, yet its glory lies not only in what can be seen.

The story of Tonbridge castle is interwoven with that of kings and archbishops, tyrants and heroes, murderers and mercenaries who, on this ancient site and inside these weathered stone walls, have helped write 900 years of English history.

Inter-active displays, life size models, dramatic lighting and special effects bring together the fascinating history of the castle and town over its 700 years. It nestles beside the river Medway with its walks and seasonal boating facilities.
 
Knole (National Trust)  
Approximately 8 miles by road, Knole is one of the great treasure houses of England.

The house boasts a world-renowned collection of Royal Stuart furniture, paintings by Gainsborough, Van Dyck and Reynolds, as well as important 17th-century tapestries.

The 404-hectare (1,000-acre) deer park surrounding the house is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent.
Ightham Mote (National Trust)

Approximately 2 miles by road - or 30 minutes walk across the Fairlawne Estate on public footpaths - Ightham Mote is a rare example of a moted medieval manor house, dating from 1320, with important later additions and alterations.

Ightham has many special features, including a Great Hall, Crypt, Tudor Chapel with a hand-painted ceiling and the private apartments of the American donor Charles Henry Robinson. However one of its most enchanting features has to be the Grade I listed dog kennel, situated in the picturesque courtyard.

Ightham Mote also offers some lovely gardens and water features, with lakeside and woodland walks.
 
Royal Tunbridge Wells

Approximately 8 miles by road, Royal Tunbridge Wells remains one of the most elegant towns in the country, and was considered a rival to Bath when it was a fashionable spa from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The Pantiles - an 18th century shopping area delightfully shaded by lime trees - is almost unchanged today, offering visitors an excellent range of shops and cafes.

Royal Tunbridge Wells is a delight for antique lovers with antique fairs and quality antique shops.
The Hop Farm

Less than 5 miles away, the Hop Farm is one of Kent's most popular visitor attractions. Its family park is packed with features, attractions and exhibitions to entertain children of all ages!

The Hop Farm also provides a wide selection of year-round themed shows and events.