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Sevenoaks is a pleasant country town with a famous cricket ground, The Vine. The town centre is ¾ mile uphill, see Knole below for buses.

A Vintage Bus Service operates an hourly circular route around Sevenoaks to Knole on summer weekends (also selected days M-F) passing the Rail Station (northbound stop, as for Westerham). For details see Go-Coach.

TI Buckhurst Lane. Tel. 01732 450305.

Sevenoaks Museum ¾ mile

The history of Sevenoaks and its area. Tel. 0300 041 3131.
Open M-S 0930-1700. Closed BH.

Knole NT 1½ miles or bus then ¾ mile

One of the great treasure houses of England, set in a magnificent deer park. Knole has remained essentially unaltered since 1603. Furniture collections, tapestries, textiles and portraits. Garden (limited opening). Café. Tel. 01732 462100.
Open Mar-Oct, House TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1700. Garden Apr-Sep only, Tue 1100-1600. Park open daily for pedestrians.
Bus M-S several buses per hour from Rail Station to Bus Station, then ¾ mile walk.

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve 1 mile

A pioneering nature reserve created from disused gravel pits. Lakes, ponds, reedbed and woodland make it a good site for birds and other wildlife. Nature trail and bird watching hides. The Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre has displays explaining the history of the site and an impressive diorama of birds which can be seen on the Reserve. Light refreshments. Tel. 01732 456407.
Open Visitor Centre open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu 1000-1700; Nov-Mar, ThFSSu 1000-1600. Reserve open Daily dawn-dusk.
The Reserve is also 1 mile from Bat & Ball station (between Otford and Sevenoaks).

Sevenoaks map

Ightham Mote NT by bus

A beautiful medieval moated manor house with later additions. Great Hall, Tudor chapel and many other furnished rooms. Garden and woodland walk. Restaurant. Tel. 01732 810378.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (House from 1100).
Bus 404 from Rail Station to Ightham Mote car park, 21 minutes journey. M-F only, infrequent but suitable for visiting. Operated by Go-Coach.

Quebec House NT by bus

The childhood home of General James Wolfe. Exhibition on General Wolfe's victory at Quebec. Small garden. Tearoom. Tel. 01732 868381.
Open Mar-Oct, WThFSSu & BH 1100-1700, House from 1200.
Bus 401 from Rail Station to Westerham Green, 20 minutes journey. M-S hourly, operated by Go-Coach. Sun & BH hourly, operated by Arriva. Buses to Westerham also operate from Bromley, Hayes and Oxted.

Chartwell NT by taxi or by bus and 2 mile walk

The home of Sir Winston Churchill. The rooms and gardens remain much as they were when he lived there. Many of his paintings can be seen in the garden studio. Tel. 01732 868381.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700, House from 1130 by timed ticket.
Taxi: see Sevenoaks station poster.
Bus 401 from Rail Station to Westerham Green (see Quebec House above), then 2 mile walk. You can shorten the walk to ½ mile by using bus 236 from Westerham Green to Mapleton Road, M-F every 2-3 hours, 4 minutes journey. Operated by Southdown Buses.
On Wednesday only bus 238 operates one journey from the Rail Station all the way to Chartwell, 30 minutes journey, return on bus 404, one journey. Operated by Go-Coach.
Buses also operate from Bromley, Hayes and Oxted.

A special page shows the best routes London to Chartwell.

Westerham and Chartwell map

Emmetts Garden NT by bus then 1 mile

A charming Victorian garden with the highest treetop in Kent. Spectacular views. Tearoom. Tel. 01732 751507.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (dusk if earlier).
Bus 404 from Rail Station to Ide Hill, then walk 1 mile by road and footpath. M-F about every 3 hours, 20 minutes journey. Operated by Go-Coach.
Visitors using the footpath should follow signs to the exit to buy their tickets at reception.

Ide Hill NT and Toys Hill NT by bus

The map shows a ¾ mile circular walk through the NT woodland at Ide Hill. The NT woodland at Toys Hill is about 1 mile from Ide Hill, along the Greensand Way footpath.
Open at all times.
Bus see Emmetts Garden above.

Ide Hill map