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Your guide to Eating, Sleeping and enjoying Tenterden, described by many as the "Jewel of the Weald" Please use this guide to find many good Hotels, B&B's, Restaurants, Pubs, Cafes, Tea Rooms, auctions and craft fairs in the Weald.

Click on the links below to find out more about the town, and all the facilities on offer



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A bit of History


One of the most charming towns of the South, it has a broad High Street lined with Trees, Shops and dwellings nearly all with their original facades dating from Elizabethan to Georgian times.

The Georgian predominates, with most of the houses being built between 1720 and 1760. The town also has many fine old inns. Please see the Eating pages.

The tower of the parish church of St Mildreds dominates the town.



Built in the 15th century, it rises more than 100ft above the ground, and from the top on a clear day it is possible to see right across the Weald to the Channel coast. It is even possible to see shipping on the channel and the French Coast.

A fine view indeed. The tower is open only at certain times of the year.
Tenterden is an associate member of the the Cinque Ports, a confederation of Southern towns who organised themselves into a navy, to defend themselves against invaders from the continent.



Caxton, William (c. 1422-1491)

The first English printer, William Caxton was reputed to have been born in Tenterden. In fact there is a pub in the town dedicated to him. Caxton was apprenticed to a London cloth dealer in 1438, and set up his own business in Bruges 1441-70. From Bruges, he went to Cologne in 1471, where he learned the art of printing. He returned to Bruges and set up his own press in partnership with Colard Mansion, a calligrapher, where he produced the first book printed in English, his own version of a French romance, Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye 1474. Returning to London in 1476, he produced the first book printed in England, Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres 1477.
The books from Caxton's press in Westminster included editions of the poets; Chaucer, John Gower, and John Lydgate (c. 1370-1449). He also translated many texts from French and Latin and revised some English ones, such as Malory's Morte d'Arthur.
Altogether he printed about 100 books.



Our View:

There is lots of choice when it comes to what to see, eat and stay in Tenterden.
We have listed all the establishments on our eating and sleeping pages, so the choice is yours.

What to see:

Plenty of Antique shops
There are plenty to choose from. Just visit.

Auctions in town. Usually about 2 per month.
A fun day. See all the local dealers and people looking for a bargain battle it out. Maybe pick up a bargain.

Walk the Famous Tree Lined High Street. See the picture above. Take a stroll and savour the ambiance?



The Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway

A fully working restored steam train service. Trains run most of the year from Tenterden to Northiam. Many specials including "Santa Special" and featuring the "Wealden Pullman" for Saturday Dinner, Sunday Lunch and tea. The line extended to Bodiam. A great trip indeed.

Telephone 01580 765155





Tenterden & District Museum

Station Rd, Tenterden. TN30 6NH
01580 764 310

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Ellen Terry Museum @ Smallhythe (National Trust)
Early 16th-century half-timbered house, museum and Barn Theatre.

Smallhythe, Tenterden, TN30 7NG.
Tel 01580 76 2334.






St Midreds Church & Tower
A fine church. A number of Jane Austin's family graves are here.

Tenterden Leisure Centre
It features a great fun pool, superb facilities for squash, badminton, many keep fit and exercise classes.
Very popular. A not to be missed when visiting Tenterden.
Telephone: 01580 765987

Tenterden Vineyard
Working Vineyard and cafe on the way to Smallhythe. Tastings available.
Telephone 01580 763033

Biddenden Vineyard
A working Vineyard at Biddenden. Tastings available.
Telephone 01233 291726



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01580 763 572

01233 629 165


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