Tonbridge is an historic town on the River Medway. It is famous for its castle and public school. The 13th century Motte and Bailey Castle is situated near the River Medway and just off the main high street. The parkland around the castle adds a pleasant backdrop to the busy high street and is a great place to relax and enjoy the open air. Many events are held in the castle grounds throughout the year.
Along the high street visitors will notice many timber framed buildings and weather boarded houses from the 18th century. Tonbridge has been a busy market town since the 13th century. Today there is still a Saturday Market near the railway station although the cattle market is no longer in operation. Tonbridge is often spelt incorrectly as many people think it should be Tunbridge. However, it is recorded in the Domesday Book as Tonebrige ( possibly town of two bridges ) and in later years it was actually spelt Tunbridge. In 1870 the name was changed to Tonbridge to avoid confusion with
nearby Tunbridge Wells.
Tonbridge is just 4 miles from Tunbridge Wells and only 29 miles south east of London. The Tonbridge Public School which dates back to the mid 16th century stands in its impressive buildings at the top of the High Street.
Tonbridge has an abundance of good restaurants and cafes and very few major brand names. The high street is always busy with traffic since this is the main route into and out of the town.