Tenterden the Jewel of the Weald

Travelling to Tenterden is a journey back in time to a traditional peaceful Kentish town with plenty of great things to see and do

Getting to Tenterden

By Car

Tenterden is situated on the A28 between Hastings and Ashford and is less than an hour by car from the M25.


Distances by Car

Eurostar: Ashford International: 20 minutes
Eurotunnel: Cheriton, Folkestone  (Junction 11A on the M20 motorway): 30 minutes
Dover ferries: 45 minutes
Manston airport, Kent: 1hr 15 minutes
Gatwick Airport: 1hr 15 minutes
Headcorn (nearest Railway station): 15 minutes 



By Bus

There are regular bus links from Ashford, Hastings, Headcorn, Maidstone, Rolvenden, Rye and Tunbridge Wells to Tenterden. Real time bus information is available here http://kenttraffic.info

For detailed information about all routes, timetables and fares please see the Traveline Southeast website -  type 'Tenterden' into the Location box.

The following are the main bus routes to and from Tenterden:




Service 2 
Rolvenden - Tenterden - Ashford
Hastings - Tenterden

Services 2A
Ashford - Tenterden
Via Kingsnorth, Shadoxhurst and Woodchurch

Service 12
Tenterden - Headcorn - Maidstone

Service 12RL -
Tenterden - Headcorn railway station (the rail link bus)
Via Biddenden and St Michaels.
Clarkes Minibuses

Service 292 
Hawkhurst - Sandhurst - ROlvenden - Tenterden
New Enterprise Coaches

Services 292
Lydd - Rye - Sandhurst - Rolvenden Layne - Homewood School

Service 293
Tenterden - Wittersham - Appledore - Tenterden
Kent Coach Tours

Service 293
Tunbridge Wells - Lamberhurst - Hawkhurst - Rolvenden - Tenterden - Rye
New Enterprise Coaches

Service 294
Tenterden - Rolvenden Layne - Tenterden
Kent Coach Tours

Service 297 
Tenterden - Cranbrook - Goudhurst - Pembury - Tunbridge Wells
Renoun Coaches

Service 299 
Tonbridge - Pembury - Lamberhurst - Hawkhurst - Tenterden
New Enterprise Coaches

Service 312
Rye to Tenterden
Via Playden, Iden, Wittersham and Small Hythe
Renown Coaches

Service 518
Norton Knatchbull School - Ashford - Bethersden - Tenterden
School Bus

Homewood School - Great Chart - Ashford - Willesborough
School Bus
Poynters Coaches

Homewood School - Ashford - Kennington
School Bus
Poynters Coaches


By Train

The nearest mainline railway stations to Tenterden are Headcorn (9 miles) which is served directly from London Charing Cross (1hr 3minutes) and Ashford International (12 miles) which is served directly by the High Speed line from London St Pancras (38 minutes)

Headcorn: Services for Headcorn depart from London Charing Cross (you may also board trains at London Bridge, and London Waterloo East, a short platform walk from London Waterloo). On your arrival at Headcorn station, bus numbers 12 and 12RL will bring you into the centre of Tenterden. There are normally taxis available at Headcorn station.

Ashford: Services for Ashford depart from London St Pancras (HS1, the high speed rail link). There are also regular services from London Charing Cross and from London Victoria via Maidstone East however these are  slower lines. There are taxis available at Ashford station.

Appledore: There is also a railway station at Appledore (Kent), 7.5 miles from Tenterden, however Appledore is not on the main line and services terminate at Ashford to the north and Hastings to the south and along the coast to Brighton. We do not recommend visitors using Appledore (Kent) train station as there are no facilities (i.e. no ticket office, no taxis, no buses) at Appledore station and it is 2 miles on country roads from the village of Appledore. Some locals however are starting to use Appledore station to link into the high speed rail link at Ashford so it is possible that in the future this station might develop. However at the moment if you are a visitor and you arrive at Appledore station you will be right in the depths of the Kent countryside with nowhere to go.

For train times to Headcorn Station, see the National Rail Network website. For more detailed information about Headcorn Railway Station such as car parking, disabled access, ticket office opening hours, station facilities, live service information and engineering works see the South Eastern Railways website page for Headcorn Station. For bus times from Headcorn station, use the Traveline Southeast website


By Taxi

If you would like to book a taxi in Tenterden it is best to pre-book. Please see here for taxis and private car hire in Tenterden


By Bicycle

The National Cycle Network Route 18 goes through Tenterden. This 42 mile (67km) route (The Wealden Cycle Trail) runs on small country lanes through the High Weald. Further information here from Kent County Council


Car Parking

There are a number of pay and display car parks throughout the town, as well as short stay on-street parking in the High Street. See here for Tenterden car parks - location and how to pay with your mobile phone.