(3.9 miles. A beautiful town full of history)
Perched on a hill overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, this ancient town is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination.
With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, Rye is almost suspended in time and has a uniquely unhurried atmosphere. Compact enough to discover the key places of interest over a week-end but with plenty of secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer and to return again.www.visitrye.co.uk/
(10.7 miles. Perfect for a spot of light shopping)
Tenterden declares itself as 'The Jewel of the Weald'. Its fine High Street must rank amongst the most attractive in the Country with historic houses, shops, restaurants and pubs separated from the carriageway by wide expanses of tree-lined grass verge. The town has historic links with William Caxton, the Spanish Armada and Lord Nelson's daughter but aside from history, Tenterden is also a town for the 21st century with modern amenities, varied and interesting shopping, fascinating museums and visitor attractions with events for all the family.www.tenterdentown.co.uk
Hastings Old Town
The Old Town is an area in Hastings widely considered a place of historical importance as well as a tourist destination. The Old Town is home to the biggest beach launching fishing fleet in Britain having been a maritime centre for over 1000 years. It is also the home for the unique Net Shops: tall black wooden sheds which were built to provide a weather proof store for the fishing gear that was made from natural materials. The narrow street of shops and pubs makes the Old Town well worth a visit.
(23.3 miles. A modern vibrant town)
Where tradition and modern technology combine in the heart of the Kent countryside lies a place with a history dating back over 1000 years. Far from the maddening crowd yet within easy reach of main travel destinations both in the UK and Europe, Ashford, with its mixture of historic buildings, pubs, restaurants, street cafe's, green spaces and a lively nightlife is one of the fastest developing towns in the UK.www.thisisashford.co.uk
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Royal Tunbridge Wells lies at the heart of one of the most scenic stretches of countryside in England surrounded by the unspoilt beauty of the Weald. In Georgian times this popular spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen amongst royalty and fashionable members of the aristocracy. You can shop in the main town, wander down the hill to the Old High Street that eventually leads you to the famous Pantiles where you can enjoy high class boutique shopping, superlative dining or even a glass of the famous or infamous water!www.visittunbridgewells.com
( 52.9 miles)
Brighton is the most enchanting, exciting, extraordinary seaside city in Britain. However brazen that may sound, it is no exaggeration. With its cosmopolitan air, oodles of restaurants, feverish nightlife and abundance of culture for visitors and locals alike, Brighton defies comparison with anywhere else this side of the English Channel. There really is something for everyone. Where else can you shop in designer boutiques and within two streets, explore the narrow passages and cobbled streets of the Lanes.http://tourism.brighton.co.uk