Situated in the middle of Kent, on the banks of the River Medway, Tonbridge is an ancient market town. Founded before the Normans arrived, the town has many medieval buildings of historical interest and beautiful outdoor areas.
The biggest attraction in the town is the ruins of Tonbridge Castle. The original wooden castle, built by William the Conqueror, was destroyed and replaced by a stone structure. One of the finest Motte and Bailey gatehouses in Britain was added to the castle in the second half of the 13th century, while nowadays the castle is full of displays which recreate 13th century castle life and bring its history to life including an audio tour, interactive displays, life-size figures and vivid audio and visual displays. The castle is situated in the middle of 14 acres of beautiful grounds, which are open to the public free of charge.
In town, there are plenty of historic buildings including Tudor timber-framed houses and shops, 18th century tiled houses and the famous public school, which was rebuilt in 1864.
Entertainment options in Tonbridge include a complex of four heated, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with saunas, spas, sunbeds, a steam room and a café serving hot and cold food. Just five minutes’ walk from the pools is Racecourse, a sports ground which features a dog free children’s play area, bouncy castles, tennis, bowls and crazy golf. For relaxing in the evening, the town has plenty of evening entertainment spots and restaurants, with the highest concentration found along the riverside.
Set in grounds on the River Medway, Tonbridge Castle is a ruined Norman castle and a particularly fine 13th century Motte and Bailey gatehouse. It contains audio-visual displays and models which depict life in the castle’s heyday.
Trinity Theatre is located in Tunbridge Wells, five miles from Tonbridge. The theatre puts on a wide variety of productions including plays, musical performances and special plays for children.