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 independent shops, coffee stops, restaurants and inns.

Look out for Kent’s famous wines, beers and ciders, alongside varied styles of contemporary cuisine created with local produce, which is also readily available at the town’s weekly food and produce market.

Knole, one of the most impressive houses in England, was originally a 15th century Archbishop’s palace and passed to the Sackville family in the early 17th century. It was the childhood home of the author, poet and gardener Vita Sackville-West who created the stunning gardens at nearby Sissinghurst.

Under the guardianship of the National Trust, Knole’s magnificent show rooms and its fine art and tapestry collections, extensive grounds and deer park are open to the public, while the house remains a family home for the Sackville family.

Internationally renowned Sevenoaks School, one of the oldest lay foundations in England, established by former foundling and successful merchant William Sevenoke in 1432, also makes a major contribution to the grandeur and development of the town centre.

Just south of Knole, visitors discover the delights of Riverhill House Himalayan Gardens, possibly the most imaginative garden in Kent, offering panoramic views, inspirational planting and activities for all ages, as well as opportunities to enjoy some of the finest of British sculptures.

Sporting enthusiasts will also delight in a visit to The Vine – one of the oldest cricket grounds in the country and the birthplace of modern three-stump cricket.

The Sevenoaks Heritage Bus offers a hop-on, hop-off round trip through the town taking in key destinations including Knole, The Vine, Sevenoaks and Bat and Ball rail stations and the bus station.