Periwick Barn

Informal Bed and Breakfast in Kent – the 'Garden of England'

Anne Shelmerdine, Periwick Barn, The Street, Plaxtol, Kent, TN15 0QF
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Places to Visit near Plaxtol

Kent has long been at the crossroads of English history. It was Julius Caesar's first beachhead, it was the first place that large numbers of Anglo–Saxons settled permanently and it was William of Normandy's road to London. Kent was where rich Roman landowners first built their villas, and ever since the middle ages it has been where men who have made political and economic fortunes in London have built their castles and great houses in the country. There is almost too much to see.

Tourist Information in Kent

Visit Kent – tourism website for the whole county of Kent.

Heart of Kent – tourism website set up by town councils in this area.

Historic Houses and Castles

Ightham Mote – a moated manor house, with gardens and woodland walks near Sevenoaks that dates back seven hundred years.

Hever Castle – castle and gardens near Edenbridge, activities for children and rowing boats for hire.

Leeds Castle – a nine hundred year old castle with five hundred acres of parkland, activities for children, bird displays, maze.

Tonbridge Castle – a thirteenth century castle with audio tours in English, French, Dutch and German.

Knowle House – a very prestigious country house which has evolved over the centuries, with gardens, orangery and deer park.

Chartwell – the home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death, with views over the Weald of Kent and rooms much as they were in Churchill's lifetime.

Penshurst Place – a fortified manor house dating back to the fourteenth century, with walled gardens, arboretum woodland trail and toy museum.


Great Comp – seven acres of garden stocked with rare shrubs, perennials and hardy plants.

Sissinghurst – gardens in the grounds of a ruined Elizabethan house with fine views and a working vegetable garden.

Sheffield Park and Garden – an informal garden originally laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown, with lakes and extensive parkland.

Marle Place – ten acres of formal planting and many more of orchard and woodland, near Tonbridge.

Great Dixter – mediaeval timber framed hall and house, surrounded by gardens and fruit trees laid out by members of the same family over a period of a hundred years.

Wakehurst Place – ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands and an Elizabethan mansion, owned and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Historic Towns

Sevenoaks – an ancient country town set among the rolling hills of the North Downs.

Tonbridge – a busy town five miles South of Plaxtol.

Tunbridge Wells – very fashionable as a spa town in Georgian times, as can be seen from many of its buildings.

Rochester – an ancient cathedral city.

Tenterden – one of the Cinque Ports and home of the Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Rye – another of the ancient Cinque Ports, on the edge of Romney Marsh.