Situated in some of the loveliest countryside in Britain, the Sevenoaks District, in the Heart of Kent, is ideally placed to satisfy all who visit it. The wonderful variety of historic castles, stately homes, vineyards and gardens open to the public coupled with a wealth of pretty, unspoilt villages with their medieval churches, welcoming pubs and real ale, combine to offer both stimulation and relaxation for days out or longer breaks. Click here to see some of the historical attractions in and around the town.
Why not combine your visit to the Listening Room with a day in Sevenoaks? There are regular train services to Sevenoaks from Charing Cross, Waterloo and London Bridge. These journeys take about thirty minutes. Click for train timetables.
If you don't know the Sevenoaks district, prepare to be surprised. London is less than an hour away with all the advantages that brings to the region and those who live here. At the same time, the area remains one of the loveliest in the whole of England. It is rich in woodland and wildlife, while the wealth of historic buildings covers the spectrum from the grandeur of Knole to the charm of half-timbered cottages and pubs with welcoming inglenook fires. The North Downs' dip and scarp slopes, the Greensand Ridge on which Sevenoaks is built, the Low and High Wealds, and the Rivers Eden, Medway and Darent come together to form the district's imposing landscape. Within it, in this, the heart of the Garden of England, fruit orchards, hop gardens and fields of grazing sheep have long been familiar sights. Wildlife habitat is notably diverse and woodland particularly plentiful - there is probably more ancient woodland here than anywhere else in Kent. Parks and gardens are plentiful too throughout the Sevenoaks area and, for the more energetic visitor, the choice of sports and leisure facilities is very wide.
Sevenoaks began as a market town during Saxon times due to its favourable position. The roads from London and the Dartford river crossing met here on their way to the South Coast. For many hundreds of years the Town acted as a centre for the many landed estates in the area including: Knole, Bradbourne, Kippington, Montreal, Chevening and Wildernesse. By 1389 the town had 63 houses which brewed ale! Change came to the town with the arrival of the first railway in 1864. Sevenoaks became popular as a commuter town, a development accelerated by the electrification of the railway in 1934. During this time, most of the old estates were beginning to break up which in turn released badly needed land for housing. In 1920, 10,000 people live in the area and by 1961 the population had risen to 17,604. Despite these changes, Sevenoaks has successfully kept its individuality characterised by the warm tones of the local building material, Kentish Ragstone and by the mellow tilehung houses built from locally made bricks.
Come along and visit some of the historical
attractions of the town