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Information about Kent Sussex and Surrey in the South East
Taxis are available to take you from Edenbridge Town station to the
Castle. Alternatively you could take the train from London Victoria to
Hever station and walk one mile through the pleasant countryside to the
castle. A second castle that is a must is Leeds Castle in Kent.
Considered by many to be the loveliest castle in the world it certainly
is awe-inspiring. It sits astride two islands in the centre of a
beautiful lake. Its setting is enchanting: tranquil, rural and stunning.
Truly a fairy-tale castle. It dates from around the 9th century but has
been added to over the centuries. Most of the kings and queens of
England have lived in it throughout history including Henry VIII. As
well as wonderfully presented interior rooms the landscaped grounds
include a grotto, maze, aviaries, vineyard and plenty of water birds. It
is 4 miles outside of Maidstone in Kent.
Combine this with a trip to Hastings town itself. It is historically interesting as the place where the famous Battle of Hastings took place in 1066. Until 19th century it was one of the Cinque ports but since then has developed into a fishing town and seaside resort. There is an attractive ruined castle and the St. Clement's Caves to explore. Being a fishing town it has an excellent fish market, a museum dedicated to fishing and fishermen and an entertaining Sea Life Centre. It is a perfect place for children with its pebbly beach, miniature railway, fairground rides and amusement arcades.
Whilst there try and see a traditional seaside variety show at the White Rock Theatre. For the seriously fit, it is possible to walk all the way along The Saxon Shore way the 163 miles from Hastings to Gravesend around 15 miles outside of London. If you like traditional English seaside resorts you should also spend a day in Brighton further along the coast from Hastings
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