Ashford town guide
One of the more important towns in the county of Kent, Ashford possesses the only International rail station in the UK outside of London. It has always been an important railway centre being host to a major railway junction and, at one time, an important railway works.
Its Geographical position has been a dominant factor in Ashford's history and one that also looks likely to shape its future. Work on the High Speed Rail Link between London and the Channel Tunnel is well underway, offering a seven-year window of opportunity over the Thames Gateway and further enhancing Ashford's prime position between London and Europe's capitals and business centres.
Ashford's rail and motorway connections offer excellent access to all parts of the UK and mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel and the Ferry Ports of Dover and Folkestone.
It is believed that the town's origins lie in the ninth century when the country was invaded by the Danes in 893. At that time there were settlements at Great Chart and Appledore, and as the Danes plundered and raided these communities the inhabitants fled to the forests for safety. It is thought that many of the survivors settled either in nearby forest or in the "Royal Ville of Wye".
Over the years a number of factors have played a part in shaping the town, and many notable characters and organisations have their origins in Ashford.
A short drive by hire car can take the visitor to many attractive locations such as Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral or the Romney Marsh area withs its intriguing coastline and the delightful Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. A little further afield a visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells is always s a pleasure.