Sevenoaks is a fairly traditional market town, although these days, given its proximity to London, it is known largely as a commuter town.
Contrary to popular belief the town isn't named after the seven oak trees that stood alongside the cricket pitch (six of which were destroyed in the great storm of 1987); the town's name is instead derived from the Saxon word seouenaca, the name given to a small chapel in Knole Park around 800 AD.
Sevenoaks station is situated fairly near the centre of town, to the north. It is on the Main Kent Coast Line, which runs from London Charing Cross to Hastings. London is between 20 and 30 minutes away, depending on whether the train is direct or a stopper service. Trains also run on First Capital Connect to Bedford,Luton and St Albans.
Tonbridge is the main train station in West Kent; any destination other than those on the London-Hastings mainline will require a change here. It is 10 minutes by train from Sevenoaks.
Fare and timetable information is available from South East Trains, tel. 08457 484950.
Knole House, tel: 01732 462100, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, . Open Wednesday to Sunday from 27 March to 31 August (2004), 11:00-16:00. One of the great treasure houses of England, set in a magnificent deer park. Built in the 15th century and altered only in 1603, it has remained untouched since. Admission: £6.00.
Sevenoaks Museum and Art Gallery, Buckhurst Lane, tel: 01732 453118/452384, .
Royal Oak Hotel, High Steet TN13 1HY, Tel 01732 451109, . Built as a coaching inn in the 18th century, the Royal Oak Hotel has is in an ideal position just opposite the entrance to Knole Park and historic Sevenoaks School.
Bough Beech reservoir - for walking, sailing and fishing. Includes a wildlife reserve
Chartwell, Westerham, tel: 01732 868381, e-mail: email@example.com, . Open Wednesday to Sunday from 25 March '06 to 29 Oct '06. Also open Tuesday 4 Jul–3 Sep '06. House open 11:00-17:00. Family home of Sir Winston Churchill, with magnificent views over the Weald of Kent. Admission (2006): £10.00, Garden and Studio Only £5. Car park (for countryside access) open daily, 09:00-17:00.
Hever Castle, Hever, nr Edenbridge, tel: 01732 861710, . Open daily from 1 April to 31 October. Gardens open from 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00), Castle open from 12:00-18:00 (during March and November the castle and garden are open from Thursdays-Sundays from 11am-4pm). During December the same applies as in March and November, but the gardens are closed. A 13th century castle once home to Anne Boleyn. Admission (2006): Castle & Garden £10.50, Garden only £8.40. There are also special events from March to October.