48 Hours in Ashford and Tenterden

WELCOME TO ASHFORD & TENTERDEN
Ashford and Tenterden offer an exciting mix of old and new. Ashford’s international and high-speed rail links and designer shopping centre give the town a modern edge while a heritage railway and historic high street characterise nearby Tenterden. This market town is celebrated as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’, one of two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the borough. Explore the glorious scenery of these areas on the walking routes that cross the county, visit historic houses and take yourself on a tour of the vineyards that flourish in the Kent’s favourable climate and are helping bring about a renaissance in English wine.

Day 1 

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Ashford Designer Outlet
Find more than 80 designer brands at McArthurGlen’s Ashford Designer Outlet, a shopping centre in the heart of the Garden of England where well-known names sell goods at discounted prices. Take your pick from brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, Jack Wills, Jaeger, Ted Baker and Links of London. The centre’s shops and restaurants are all housed under an unusual tented structure, designed by Lord Richard Rogers. The Designer Outlet attracts shoppers from London and abroad as it is just a five-minute walk from Ashford International train station.

LUNCH
The Barrow House, Egerton
A village pub since 1576, The Barrow House is located in the idyllic village of Egerton serving locally-sourced food on a menu that changes with the seasons.

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Godinton House & Gardens 
A Jacobean Manor House in tranquil parkland, Godinton House is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Ashford. Join a guided tour of the house to see the Medieval hall and fascinating collections of furniture, art and artefacts collected by its various owners over its 600-year history. The house sits in 12 acres of beautifully-kept gardens with a rose garden, walled garden and terraced lawns giving way to parkland where ancient oak and chestnut trees stand. Homemade cakes and refreshments are available in a tearoom within the house.

DINNER
The King’s Head, Wye
A beautiful Kentish gastropub located in the historic village of Wye, sit back and relax whilst you enjoy a beautiful locally sourced meal in the foot of The Wye Downs, sourcing only the finest produce you are sure to have a wonderful meal in a Victorian coaching inn.

Day 2 

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TENTERDEN
Spend the morning exploring Tenterden. Admire the architecture of the town’s attractive tree-lined high street which features many independent, shops, cafes and pubs among its historic buildings. It’s the perfect place to pick up a reminder of your visit to Kent or to find gifts for friends and family. Perhaps stop off at one of the local pubs for a drink or visit the Old Dairy Brewery to try a locally-brewed beer.

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Chapel Down 
In the heart of the beautiful High Weald, Chapel Down Vineyard and Winery is leading the way in the English wine renaissance. The 22-acres of vines are used to produce a range of award-winning still and sparkling wines which are supplied to No 10 Downing Street and served at events and venues including the Royal Opera House, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Ascot racecourse. Enjoy a walk around the vineyard or take a guided tour to see inside the winery, have a tutored tasting and find out why this area is perfect for wine production.

© Tim Winter

LUNCH
The Swan at Chapel Down
The award-winning restaurant at Chapel Down, The Swan, serves modern British cuisine using seasonal locally-sourced produce overlooking the vineyard. The restaurant has two AA rosettes and was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016.
From £26.50 per person (set menu, plus drinks and service)

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Kent and East Sussex Railway 
Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard one of the historic steam trains of the Kent and Sussex Railway from the charming Tenterden Town Station to Bodiam, where the line ends close to the magnificent moated National Trust castle. The line was built in 1900 to serve villages and is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best examples of a rural light railway. Since 1974 the railway has been operated as a tourist attraction offering the chance for its passengers to return to a bygone age and enjoy spectacular views of the High Weald.

DINNER
Amici, North Street, Ashford
Where better to end your 2 day trip to Ashford than with a trip to a family run authentic Italian restaurant, serving you a delicious home made food. The menu offers a large selection of classic Italian dishes and you will be sure to find someone everyone loves.

WHERE TO STAY

In partnership with Ashford Borough Council.