Things to Do in Tenterden

Ooh, there is an absolutely amazing assortment of activities and places to visit in Kent.

Whether you’re an outdoorsy sort of person, who just loves pulling on a pair of wellies and being at one with nature in the Garden of England. Or perhaps you prefer the historic side of our glorious county? Are you a firm foodie, with your hungry eye always on the next incredible meal?

Well, whatever floats your boat, there’s something for everyone (even the family dog) to do during your stay in Tenterden.

Chapel Down Vineyard

Just a wee six minute taxi ride away, is the stunning Chapel Down Vineyard.

If you’re a big fan of quaffing some top-knotch British wine (and who isn’t) then we suggest you pay them a visit. The estate is open to the public for guided tours, and there’s even a restaurant too.

Rare Breeds Centre

If you’re travelling with children and are looking for days out in Kent, then this 100-acre working farm should be top of your family friendly bucket-list.

A (thankfully) short 10min drive brings you all the barnyard-bliss of Meet the Animals petting sessions, woodland walks, multiple play parks and plenty of places to stop for a restorative cuppa.

Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

This National Trust site, near Cranbrook, Kent, is the famous garden of writer Vita Sackville-West.

Learn about the history of the castle – which even served as a prison in the 1700s, and as a home to the women’s land army. Great day for exploring the great outdoors.

Kent & East Sussex Railway

You don’t have to be train spotter to enjoy a day out here.

It’s almost as if you travel back in time and take a peek at the golden age of rail travel. You can take a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway and enjoy a unique view of the oh-so-pretty countryside from the olde-worlde comfort of a heritage steam.

Smallhythe Place

This beauty-spot is a swift 10min drive from our pub. It has ample free parking (so no stress there) sprawling rose gardens, and it’s a very pretty spot for an on-lead pooch mooch.

You’ll also find a little museum there, in the 16th century home of Ellen Terry – she was a Victorian actress (and kind of a big deal) and there’s even a working theatre too.

Designer Outlet Ashford

If retail therapy floats your boat, then this is the weekend away activity for you.
With over 100 stores (from the familiar high street shops to designer outlets) and more-than-a-handful of lovely places to eat & drink, it’s a great way to while away the hours when you’re in the neighbourhood.

Cranbrook Bakery

And finally. No trip to Tenterden is complete without a gloriously-gluttonous visit to Cranbrook Bakery. It’s an easy-breezy 2 minute stroll down Tenterden High St, and they serve up the best freshly baked goodies.

Our Hannah (she’s a bit of pastry munching expert) swears by their super-flaky sausage rolls. Says they’re the best in the biz, so make sure to give them a whirl.

So there we have it. A right royal round-up of our favourite things to do when visiting the stunning county of Kent.

Hopefully, we’ve left you feeling motivated to get out-and-about for your weekend (or longer) stay at the White Lion. But if it all seems like too much effort, simply treat yourself to something delicious to eat and drink and settle down by the fireside in the bar.

After all, isn’t that the real joy of staying in a pub?

Happy holidays indeed.