Come and Explore

Discover some of England’s most beautiful countryside and finest historic houses and gardens

So close to London, yet surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England, the thriving town of Sevenoaks and its District’s many smaller towns and picture-book villages are ideal destinations for relaxing rural short breaks or longer holidays.

Visitors can discover some of England’s finest and most famous historic houses and gardens, such as KnolePenshurst Place and Hever Castle; stride out along the Greensand Way for stunning views over the rich farmlands of the Garden of England, the High Weald and North Downs; or enjoy a stroll through the streets of riverside villages along the Darent Valley.

The finest of local foods, wines, beers and ciders can be savoured in the many traditional and contemporary local pubs and restaurants welcoming guests to their historic towns and villages.

Everyone is sure to find much to enjoy in the lively calendar of cultural and entertaining special events across the District from motor racing at Brands Hatch to displays of magnificent birds of prey and huskies at Eagle Heights and jousting at Hever Castle.

The quality of life and the beauty of the countryside has attracted many notable people to settle in this outstanding area of Kent, such as Winston Churchill who created his personal retreat, Chartwell, near Westerham. Here he indulged his passions for family life, writing, painting, gardening and wildlife, away from the pressures of government and the major challenges of the Second World War.

The Sevenoaks District has excellent rail and road links to and from the centre of London and its airports and other parts of Kent, as well as the cross-Channel routes via Eurostar, Eurotunnel and passenger ferries from the Port of Dover.

Darent Valley

Darent Valley

The river Darent was once used by the Romans to boat their corn downriver to the Thames. Today it is simply a pleasant stream. Yet its broad valley is a secret treasure of rural peace located just 16 miles from Tower Bridge. The valley is just six miles long yet is full of...

Edenbridge

Edenbridge

Once playing an essential role in the Wealden iron industry, Edenbridge – the commercial centre of the Eden Valley -  features many hallmark medieval timber buildings, as well as the many former mills that took advantage of the power of the River Eden.

North Down Villages

North Down Villages

The longstanding prosperity of West Kent from providing the best of Garden of England produce to the capital alongside many other goods and services has led, over time, to the growth of numerous villages each with their own special characters, great houses, farmsteads, ancient churches and...

Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks

An historic market town with a 1,000-acre medieval deer park at its heart, Sevenoaks successfully combines conservation of its many architectural treasures and meeting the demands of a vibrant 21st century shopping destination, filled with high quality and often quirky...

Swanley

Swanley

The excitement of motor racing at Brands Hatch and nearby Eagle Heights, considered by birds of prey and husky enthusiasts to be one of the top attractions in the country,...

Westerham

Westerham

A lively historic market town, Westerham today is a hive of activity with numerous independent and unusual shops, fine wine and dine opportunities and popular traditional inns – many serving Westerham Brewery’s craft beers. Local residents enjoy a great community spirit...