At the heart of the “Garden of England”
Ashford was once a historic market town, and it continues to be a hive of activity due to significant investment, development and expansion in recent years. Surrounded by Kent’s rolling hills and picturesque villages, Ashford offers a blend of town and countryside living.
Ashford is one of the fastest-growing towns in the South East due to its fast rail links to London (40 minutes) and Europe with Ashford International train station being located just outside the town centre. This connectivity has created a variety of shopping experiences and for families, Ashford has a good network of schools with a selection of Ofsted Outstanding Rated schools.
Ashford also has an array of new home developments to suit a range of buyers.
Things to do in Ashford
There are a wide variety of activities in Ashford to keep all ages and interests entertained.
Known for shopping, Ashford boasts the McArthurGlen Ashford Designer Outlet, County Square Shopping Centre, Park Mall Shopping Centre, and a bustling high street.
Ashford has plenty of entertainment options too, including, two Multiplex Cinemas, a Bowling Alley, Trampoline Park, and Eureka Business Park is home to a large Cineworld cinema and Bannatyne Health Club & Spa.
If you are looking for places to eat and drink, Ashford has a wide selection of pubs, cafes, and restaurants. Plus, you will find an award-winning brewery close to Ashford International train station, Curious Brewery, serving its own beers and ciders alongside a tasty food menu.
Take a short drive out of Ashford town centre and you will be in the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With lots of rural walks available you can explore Ashford’s countryside and nature reserves.
The popular attractions of Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve, Rare Breeds Centre and the Kent & East Sussex Railway are also located close to Ashford.
Travel From Ashford
Ashford is a commuter hub for London workers as you can reach London St Pancras International in 40 Minutes via the high-speed train network from Ashford International train station. For drivers, Ashford has a brilliant road network too with motorway links to London, Dover and the Channel Tunnel via the M20. Neighbouring Canterbury City is also just a short drive away via the A28. A selection of bus routes is also available, taking locals from Ashford town to nearby towns and villages.