Tenterden Travel Guide

  • Morris men on High Street, Tenterden Folk Festival
    Morris men on High Street, Tenterden...
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  • Stalls, Tenterden Folk Festival
    Stalls, Tenterden Folk Festival
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  • View from St. Mildred churchyard, Tenterden
    View from St. Mildred churchyard,...
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Tenterden Highlights

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     Fell in love with everything! 

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     Too far for us to move to :( 

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     Perfect country village to live in 

Tenterden Things to Do

  • Kent & East Sussex Railway

    On this touristic rural railway you can make a pleasant ten and a half mile trip from Tenterden through the countryside of the Rother Valley, ending at Bodiam Castle, a medieval gem managed by the National Trust, which is well worth a visit.The line was opened in 1900 to serve the local farmers of the Rother Valley. In 1954 it closed, for...

  • High Street

    The one main thoroughfare of Tenterden is High Street. Between East Cross (on the Ashford Road) and the West Cross, it is very wide in its central part, as befits an ancient busy marketplace.High Street is lined with some historic buildings from Elizabethan and Georgian eras, from tiny wooden-beamed cottages to grand Victorian townhouses. The...

  • Smallhythe Place

    First, imagine Tenterden in Medieval times: It was actually a port town, on a river which connected it to the sea, 12 miles away. The river has since silted up, and Tenterden is no longer a port, but this house is a relic of that period: Smallhythe was then a famous shipyard, between the 13th to 16th centuries, where royal ships were built for...

  • War Memorial

    This white obelisk is set on a green patch on High Street, near the town center.It was first erected to commemorate the soldiers who fell during World War I. Later, the names of those who fell in the Second World War were added, and then of those who died in the Korean War and the Falkland War.It made me stop for a moment of reflection when I was...

  • St Mildred's Parish Church

    The tower of St. Mildred can be seen from everywhere, a proud example of 15th century architecture. This was the time when Tenterden was at the peak of prosperity, and the size of the church building reflects this prosperity. St. Mildred herself was an abbess of the royal Kentish family in ancient times, soon after the introduction of Christianity...

  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall is located in the center of High Street, but it does not stand out among the other houses lining this central thoroughfare. In fact, if not for the sign saying "Town Hall" you would be hard pressed to guess that this is it.The Town Hall was built in 1790. There is a Georgian Assembly Room on the first floorwith boards stating the...

  • Kent and East Sussex Railway

    Great fun for kids and families, the K&ESR is a popular excursion for visitors who want to see the Kent and East Sussex countryside from a good ol' fashioned steam train! Trains depart from Bodiam, Northian and Tenderden but please check the website for details. They also hold special events, Christmas dining, Thomas the Tank Engine weekends, that...

  • Smallhythe Place

    Just to the south of Tenterden is the home of actress Ellen Terry. Miss Terry was a major player on the English stage in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.Her house is one of the few remaining from when Smallhythe was actually a port and dates back to the 16th Century.In the garden there is a barn that dates back further that was converted...

  • Full steam ahead!

    Steam trains depart Tenterden on the Kent & East Sussex Railway regularly during the summer and on special occasions throughout the year.The line runs from Tenterden through the Kent countryside and ends up at Bodiam Castle. The return trip takes the best part of two hours. See website for timetable and fares.


Tenterden Hotels

Tenterden Restaurants

  • Dine in a 14th century hall house

    Between shows at the Tenterden Folk Festival we had lunch in the Lemon Tree.This quaint old heavily-timbered house had caught our attention and raised our curiosity since we first came to Tenterden. The house is located in the very center of town, on High Street. It turns out that this was a 14th century former Wealden hall house, and it is said...

  • Great jacket spuds!

    From the outside it looks pretty much like any local pub, but the interior is light bright and trendy. We turned up just after a big rush (it had been a big folk weekend in the town) so the staff seemed a little frazzled but still helpful and friendly.There is a large terraced outdoor seating area here too, lovely for al fresco dining on summer...

  • Local nosh

    Nice family restaurant in an old rambling building. See the photograph on their website or I'll copy it here!! Claire settled for a baked potato with tuna and I had a bacon baguette, but the menu is far more extensive including roast dinners and also loads of home made cakes.


Tenterden Nightlife

  • The Pub at Westcross

    The William Caxton Pub bears the name of the 15th century merchant, said to have been born in Tenterden, who introduced the printing press to England. It is located on the "far" end of High Street, at Westcross, but is just 5 minutes from the town center.This is a traditional pub, quite "atmospheric", and during the Tenterden Folk Festival this was...

  • Food, Drinks and Music at the Vine Inn

    The Vine Inn is centrally located on High Street. The bar of the Vine Inn is more spacious and well lit compared with the other pubs and bars we visited in Tenterden, which creates a different kind of ambiance.During the day this is also one of the better known restaurants of Tenterden, with outdoor garden seating as well.We went there on one of...

  • Music in the Bar of the Woolpack Hotel

    The bar of the Woolpack Hotel was one of the venues of the Tenterden Folk Festival, and we greatly enjoyed sitting there, watching the singing and the dancing with an atmosphere which recreated England in the old times, centuries ago; we also enjoyed the food (a richer menu than just pub grub) and drinks.This was also a great place to relax, eat...


Tenterden Local Customs

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    by iblatt Written Oct 12, 2012

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    We chose to spend the weekend in Tenterden because we found out that the annual Folk Festival would take place there on that weekend. We had never been to such a festival in England before, and it was all new and exciting for us.
    The main event took place on Saturday: 1600 Morris men and women converged on the small town, and High Street shone with colorful costumes and resonated with rhythmic, simple melodies played on concertina, flute and fiddle, an odd trombone, and of course drums, drums everywhere. The Morrismen performed their dances and acts in every street corner, the atmosphere was simply great. Between acts they also gathered in local pubs and sang drinking songs while eating and drinking.
    At 15:00 a procession with all the Morrismen groups set out from the War Memorial and paraded with music and dancing down High Street.

    In addition, from Thursday until Sunday there were many folk music performances in several venues around town, mainly pubs. Most of these were free and encouraged active participation of the audience. It was wonderful to sit in a pub lounge with a group of amateur singers and a master of ceremony, who invited one after the other to sing a song for everyone. I learnt many new-old songs and made new friends.
    If you like folk music, you will love tht Tenterden festival!

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    • Family Travel
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

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Tenterden What to Pack

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    by Jenniflower Written Jun 10, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
    Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
    Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
    Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Adventure Travel
    • Photography

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