Where the Medway Valley Line ends and joins with mainland services to London, Tunbridge Wells and Hastings, Tonbridge, has been a market town since the Middle Ages and lays beside the River Medway, The rail station is right at the bottom of the High Street and a short walk form the 11th century Tonbridge Castle. This is Kent’s best example of a motte-and-bailey gatehouse, where audio tours and interactive exhibits bring history to life. From the castle you can take the cycle route 5 miles west through tranquil woodland and countryside to Penshurst Place, a fortified manor house that’s rich with medieval and Tudor charm. You can also visit the village of Penshurst. .
You can take a river trip or grab a bite to eat in one of the quaint cafes, or you can catch a bus outside the station or walk just over a mile to Haysden Country Park. the park includes a range of habitats such as river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland and woodland. The site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and in part a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. It has also been a Green Flag Award wining park since 2006 and is a Natural England accredited park.
Station Information can be found here www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/more-travel-help/station-information/stations/tonbridge