Places to Visit

The attractions listed here are all within half an hour’s drive of Brenchley and Matfield. If you click on tourist, conservation and countryside websites, you will find links to sites which give details of other places and projects of interest in the area.


Cinderhill Woodland (500m)

At the western edge of Matfield (at the end of Chestnut Lane), Cinderhill Woodland has 12 hectares of heathlands and grasslands, woodland and streams to explore.


Marle Place Gardens and Gallery (2 miles)

Large Wealden garden with formal planting, woodland and orchard. The gallery houses exhibitions by contemporary artists. Open from April to October.


Mascalls Gallery(2 miles)

A public art gallery with a varied programme of exhibitions featuring international, national and regional artists. The 2012 exhibition programme is now on-line.


Bayham Abbey(4 miles)

Impressive abbey ruins


Hop Farm Family Park (5 miles)

Popular tourist attraction with many family events during the year


Bewl Water (5 miles)

Largest lake in SE England with water activities, walking, cycling



Scotney Castle (6 miles)

Victorian country house and 14th century ruined castle set in a beautiful woodland estate


The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells (7 miles)

Georgian colonnaded walkway in Tunbridge Wells with shops, restaurants and bars


Spa Valley Railway (7miles)

Single-track railway with steam engines, running between Tunbridge Wells and Groombridge


Finchcocks (8 miles)

A musical museum housing over 100 historical keyboard instruments


Groombridge Place (10 miles)

Formal gardens and ‘enchanted forest’ with playgrounds and family attractions


Bedgebury Pinetum (10 miles)

320 acres of parkland containing the National Conifer Collection. Healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities - cycling, walking, riding and adventurous play.


Sissinghurst Castle (12 miles)

Celebrated gardens, set in the ruins of a mediaeval mansion, designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson


Penshurst Place (12 miles)

Large country house and gardens dating back to the 14th century.


Ightham Mote (14 miles)

Superb 14th century moated manor house and gardens


Knole House (15 miles)

Country house set in 1,000 acre deer park, with furniture and painting collection little changed since 18th century


Chartwell (22 miles)

The family home of Sir Winston Churchill