About Ashford, Kent

Ashford is a thriving urban hub set in the idyllic Kentish countryside just a 38-minute train journey from central London. Voted Kent’s Number One Business Location, Ashford is at the epicentre of remarkable inward investment success, providing exceptional high-speed national and international transport links to London and Europe via Eurostar. Close to the market town of Tenterden, the iconic historic Canterbury and the beautiful south coast of England, there’s plenty to explore. The award-winning Ashford Designer Outlet Centre is right around the corner, with plenty of high-end stores and restaurants at your door at discounted prices.

  • Ashford, The Centre of Kent with Remarkable Inward Investment Success
  • Excellent National & International Transport Links
  • Urban Area Set in Idyllic Kent Countryside

Where is Ashford

In the middle of Kent

It offers everything you want from an urban area, as well as idyllic Kent countryside, plus close to the market town of Tenterden, close to the iconic historic Canterbury with incredible rail links to London, surrounding areas & Europe. These first-class national and international transport links are a huge contributor to Ashford’s success. Just 38 minutes to London.

Transport to & from Ashford

Places to eat in Ashford

With so many new restaurants & cafes joining Ashfords vibrant town centre, there is always something that tickles your fancy.

Welcome to Five Guys Ashford Designer Outlet in Ashford. It’s your meal, so we believe that you should get exactly what you want. That’s why we’ve got more than 250,000 possible topping combinations for your Burgers, Hot dogs and Sandwiches.

This pub was probably built around 1710, when it was a doctor’s home and medical practice. It became an inn in c1890 and was named the County Hotel in 1926.

Our restaurant in Ashford is located in a lovingly restored period building, just off the bustling High Street. Ashford International Station is only a short walk away so if you’re travelling by Eurostar and headed for France, why not join us for delicious pizza before or after your trip.

Watch a movie, grab something to eat & pop to Macknade Fine Foods all-day dining experience. Family trip, date night or just hungry it answers all your needs
Curious Brewery is a beautiful architectural addition to Ashford’s town centre, you can learn & watch how artisan craft beer is made, as well as trying their beverages in the more or alongside a delicious meal
Craft beer and pizza pub in Bank Street offer freshly made sourdough pizza, Hop Stuff Brewery beers from south-east London. A great place to wind down at the end of the day

‘kaizen’, meaning ‘good change’ is the philosophy that sits right at our heart. it shapes every dish we create, and pushes us to find better ways in all that we do.

Valerie’s Wine bar for a cocktail with a plate of cheese & meats

Shopping in Ashford

Ashford Borough Council have transformed the centre of Ashford

  • County Square is the place for all your high street brands and appealing independent and chain stores can be found the adjacent streets and within the council-owned Park Mall.
  • Elwick Place has restaurants, a cinema, a new farm shop, and a hotel right in the heart of the town
  • Park Mall has a mix of local, independent & national retailers such as Wilko. We love Made in Ashford which supports handmade and local artisan producers
  • A traditional high street, with independent stores, restaurants, cafes plus a farmer market monthly supporting local businesses
  • Ashford Designer Outlet with nearly 120 luxury & international brands, such as Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilger and many more. Fear not there are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to recharge batteries in between shopping for shoes, perfume, clothes and much more

List of activities and nearby attractions


At Pressure Point Escape Rooms, we give you  an unforgettable experience. Our fictionally themed escape rooms will reveal your hidden genius and test your problem solving ability against the clock.

Battlezone is a world at war themed indoor laser tag arena spread out over 2 floors with sound, light and smoke effects!

Cineworld Ashford is a 12 screen cinema situated on the Eureka Leisure Park, with restaurants and a free car park in short proximity.

Picturehouse is a leading UK film company incorporating cinema, distribution and home entertainment. At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. Nestled in the heart of their neighbourhoods, each of our cinemas are distinct, full of personality and run by welcoming and attentive staff.

Imagine play arena is the biggest soft play centre in Kent with 25000 square feet of play arena. We have bouncy beds a triple storey wave slide and much much more including a dedicated toddler and baby zone.

Flip Out Ashford brings all the bouncing fun you can possibly imagine to Kent. With 59 trampolines and two stunt areas, you can make the most of these great facilities.

Experience the best bowling Ashford has to offer, and strike it lucky at Hollywood Bowl! With delicious food and drinks, fantastic deals, and state-of-the-art lanes – it’s the perfect place to make fun filled memories for everyone.

Welcome to Great Chart Golf & Leisure a family run business that’s been here for over 25 years. We offer a great range of activity’s for you and all the family.

Kippy’s is a mobile pottery painting studio based just outside Ashford serving the town and its surrounding villages.

Ashford’s newest pool and snooker club. We have 16 supreme tournament quality english pool tables, 3 american 9 ball tables and 5 snooker tables.

Nearby attractions

Godinton is a remarkable country house, nestled in the heart of Kent. It is designed to feel comfortable and more informal than other properties – a house, rather than a museum.

At McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford, you’ll find more than 90 of your favourite designer brands at up to 60% less, all year round.

A touching memorial to the Great War and sheltered from the elements by a smart and large canopy.

Ham Street Woods is a 175.2-hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest south of Ashford in Kent.

Housed in a 17th century Grade II listed building, the museum is located in the Church Yard, at the Heart of Ashford’s Town Centre, and features exhibits associated with Ashford’s history.

The park has a pivotal role to play in connecting residents with the town’s history, the local area and the built, cultural and natural heritage of the site.

The features of the memorial garden and public open space include a sunken amphitheatre, pier, moorings, wide lawns, flowering fruit trees and fountains.

St Mary the Virgin, Ashford. A sacred space and a shared space, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus in the heart of the town.

Ashford green spaces

With over 47 acres of open spaces in what is known as the Ashford Green Corridor. Giving you the best of urban and country living

  • Conningbrook Lakes Country Park fantastic opportunity to be by the water
  • Singleton Environment Centre with activities happening all year round this beautiful place is located next to 15 hectares of woodland, do not forget to spot our Kent wildlife
  • Camber Sands – There’s nothing like a long expanse of beach and views to a watery horizon to make you feel small. And, on this part of the south coast, a sandy beach like this is a rarity.
  • Littlestone Beaches – The wide beach at Littlestone, near New Romney, is mostly shingle but when the tide goes out there’s a vast expanse of sand. It can be a quieter alternative to neighbouring Dymchurch and St Mary’s Bay to the east.

Ashford arts & culture

Ashford is developing strong art and culture experience.

  • Create Festival an annual free event – which includes national and international acts utilising local talent through concerts, theatre and comedy performances. Attracting 1000s of visitors
  • Ashford has a number of art galleries, exhibition spaces and live music venues, including Revelation St Mary’s. This local venue hosts comedy nights, intimate gigs by up-and-coming artists, and is the place to be if you want to discover the next big UK bands!
  • The Jasmin Vardimon Company, one of Britain’s flagship dance and theatre companies, chose Ashford as the location for its dance studio. Their space in the Stour Centre is a creative hub and a national centre of excellence. Their regular high-quality workshops initiate local residents and youngsters to the art of dance and choreography and ensure local audiences can take part in their inspiring work.
  • AΦE is another innovative dance company in Ashford, blending arts and technology in their projects, and offering immersive experiences to draw the public in their fascinating world.

Love Ashford website has a host of information to help you decide what to do next!

Ashford sports facilities

Ashford offers a wide range of activities including trampoline parks, skate parks and local leisure centres.

Flipout Ashford has seen an incredible response from the local public. Wall-to-wall trampolines, stunt area and foam pits… it’s a bouncing paradise!

Sk8side Ashford is the place for every Tony Hawkes-wannabe. There are mini-ramps. Quarter pipes, flat banks and funboxes to practise tricks, as well as an onsite shop for spare parts and set up their own boards.

The Stour Centre plays a strong part in the community life in Ashford, offering swimming pools, spin and fitness studios, spa facilities – essentially everything you need from your local leisure centre, and with good value prices too.

Another local sports venue is the Julie Rose Stadium near Conningbrook Lakes which provides a gym, fitness classes and multi-games areas.

  1. Flip out
  2. Sk8 side
  3. The Stour centre
  4. Julie Rose Stadium