Things to do in Ashford

A bustling county town a short distance from London and just 15-miles from Dover and Folkestone, Ashford is a vibrant, modern town with a thriving food, culture and outdoor scene. Those who like to get out and about will appreciate the nearby North Downs, home to some excellent walking, quad biking and 4x4 off-roading. Ashford itself has a buzzing food and drink scene, with excellent bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants. And our three hotels near Ashford are well placed to take in all the action. One of its main appeals, however, is its transport links - Ashford International is a main hub for the Eurostar while the nearby ports of Dover and Folkestone offer round-the-clock ferries to France.

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Activities

Down on the South coast of England, Ashford has everything from historic houses and manicured gardens to vintage tanks, refurbished windmills, trampoline parks, cross-country walks and even its own vineyards.

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Entertainment

Ashford might only have a population under 60,000, but the town still boasts a vibrant live music and culture scene, a semi-professional football team, quad biking and 4x4 experiences, cinema and all-ages laser tag.

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Places to eat

Coffee, cakes, sizzling Thai food, hot Indian curries and seemingly endless bowls of pasta – Ashford certainly delivers in the eating out scene as we round up the best bistros, cafés, coffee shops, pantries and restaurants in town.

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Nightlife

With traditional pubs serving up real ales, craft beer and pizza joints, pubs with a focus on local organic food and several bars and clubs open well into the next morning, there’s something for everyone in Ashford.

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Shopping

With over 70 designer stores offering huge savings and discounts, the Ashford Designer Outlet is on the southern edge of town near our Ashford Central hotel. It’s one of the leading shopping centres in the region, with big name stores include Adidas, Nike, Levi’s, Boss and Polo Ralph Lauren. Large discounts are available at most shops, while there are 10 food and drink outlets spanning a quick coffee, food on the go to burger and pizza restaurants.

The second shopping centre in Ashford, County Square is home to over 50 shops including Debenhams, New Look, H&M, River Island and Waterstones. Located in the heart of Ashford, a short walk from the train station, the two-level County Square has a range of eating out options including Burger King, Costa and the Chill Time milkshake bar.


Rounding out the shopping options in Ashford is Park Mall, a short walk north of County Square. With 28 stores, it’s smaller than the other shopping centres and focuses more on alternative shops and outlets including Games Workshop, fabric and craft shops and a vinyl record shop.

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Getting Around

An hours drive from Ashford, Gatwick Airport is the second busiest in the UK, with hundreds of flights a day to destinations across the world. Driving is the easiest and quickest option, with the train taking just under two hours with two transfers. Alternatively, make your journey even easier by staying the night at one of our hotels near Gatwick Airport.

Located on the South coast of England, Ashford is just a short drive from the ports of Folkestone and Dover with regular hourly departures to Calais in France taking around 90 minutes.


Ashford International is a six-platform railway station with regional and international connections with regular services to London, Dover, Canterbury, Eastbourne and, thanks to the Eurostar connection, regular trains to Paris, Brussels, Marseille and the French Alps. The station is located in the centre of Ashford and a short drive or taxi from our Ashford Central hotel.

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Ashford Designer Outlet

Ashford Designer Outlet

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Ashford International Railway Station

Ashford International Railway Station

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