Kent’s prettiest villages

Published: Thursday 5th Oct 2017

Written by: Carol Attwell


Kent is home to some of the prettiest villages that are a delight to visit.  When you are next in the area why not take a detour.

Here is a selection:

Aylesford is tucked within the North Downs and the River Medway. Take a stroll through the village enjoy the architecture, including the landmark bridge, the vintage tea rooms or the local pub. There is a Riverwalk with newly renovated paths which can take you a pretty riverside route all the way to Maidstone.

Biddenden is nestled between Ashford and Tenterden.  The village was once home of the conjoined twins back in the 12 century. The famous Biddenden Vineyards offers tours, wine tasting and a handy spot to pick up some local home produce.

Chiddingstone, a village in the Sevenoaks region, is close to Edenbridge and Tonbridge. Chiddingstone is unique as the whole village is owned by The National Trust. Visit Chiddingstone Castle and the Church of St Mary. Chiddington Reserve & Bough Beech Visitors Centre are also close by.

Chilham village is just 6 miles outside the City of Canterbury. This chocolate box village is located in the North Downs. Chilham Castle is the focal points of this village and also Chilham Square which hosts many village celebrations.

Fordwich is the smallest Kent Town and is easily missed as it is just outside Canterbury.  Fordwich Town Hall is supposedly the smallest in England. Fordwich is also featured in a series of children’s books by author F J Beerling who was inspired by Fordwich.

Godmersham based in South Kent close to villages Chilham and Wye.   Author Jane Austen who visited the village often when her brother was in residence at the Georgian Manor House Godmersham Park.  If you enjoy walking and history this village is perfect for you.

There are plenty more on the map so watch Kent & Sussex blogs or our Facebook page for future entries.

Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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