The rippling hills of Sevenoaks district are packed with unforgettable experiences. Would you like to go for a walk with a huskie? How about take a racing car for a spin around a legendary track? Tour a lavender farm? Or see the centuries-old marks of witchcraft in the attic rooms of an enormous stately home? In Sevenoaks, you can!
Peel back layers of history
A trip to Sevenoaks district is like stepping into the pages of an ancient manuscript, alive with stately homes, remarkably preserved Roman remains and Tudor villages.
See Anne Boleyn’s actual bedroom at Hever Castle, or marvel at the mosaics at Lullingstone Roman Villa. And when you visit Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived just after the family popped out for a walk. Dating from the 1450s, Knole famously has 365 rooms, 52 staircases and seven courtyards. It’s surrounded by a 1,000-acre medieval park roamed by a 350-strong herd of wild sika and fallow deer – slap-bang in the centre of Sevenoaks.
Explore gorgeous gardens
Greenfingered types will be inspired by the district’s hillside gardens and manicured country estates.
Penshurst Place‘s Elizabethan walled gardens, which are planted as a sequence of rooms, will delight you just as much as the centuries-old paintings, tapestries and furniture that fill the house. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens combines jaw-dropping views with fabulous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas. The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle is the result of modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke’s nine-month kidnap ordeal in the Colombian jungle.
Have fun with the family
Nature-loving children (and adults) can learn how to handle an owl at Willows Bird of Prey Centre, giggle at the comical meerkats at Eagle Heights Wildlife Park, or discover rare species of plants and animals at one of the district’s nature reserves.
Kids itching to get behind the wheel should book a junior experience day at Brands Hatch racing track. Or travel at 20 times the speed of light at Otford Solar System (while exploring at a leisurely stroll)!
Walk with alpacas, falcons and bats – or hike to Toys Hill, the very spot that inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust. Other great trails will take you through hops and lavender fields of the Darent Valley, or along the epic Greensand Way.
Sporty types can play a round of golf, or watch the cricket on a quintessentially English village pitch – including one of the country’s most historic.
See Sevenoaks on screen
There’s a good chance you’ll recognise parts of Sevenoaks from Hollywood blockbusters and binge-worthy Netflix boxsets.
It’s easy to see why Knole was chosen as a filming location for The Other Boleyn Girl – more surprising is its role in The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane videos! Damian Lewis paced the corridors of Penshurst Place as Henry VIII in the TV adaptation of Wolf Hall. Chartwell made an appearance in The Crown, and the Tudor village of Chiddingstone featured in Howards End.