Tonbridge has been a market town since the Middle Ages. The Normans chose it for their splendid motte and bailey castle, which dominates the town to this day and is surrounded by 14 acres of lawns and gardens alongside the River Medway. Visit the magnificent 13th century gatehouse and then take a gentle walk along the riverbank towards Haysden Country Park or enjoy a trip aboard the riverboat through the town lock.
Reputedly England’s finest example of a motte and bailey castle with a splendid 13th century gatehouse. Tonbridge Castle is set in landscaped gardens overlooking the River Medway. There are audio tours of the gatehouse, bringing to life the story of kings and archbishops, tyrants and heroes, murderers and mercenaries. Recently the castle has undergone extensive renovation work culminating in the roof being installed on the castle during the Summer of 2003. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of the renovation, dramatic lighting effects have been created as well as a new audio tour guiding visitors around the castle and bringing history to life.
Tonbridge also offers visitors a wide range of sports and leisure facilities within the town centre including :