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/Ashford/Dover/Canterbury mainlines will require a change here. It is 10 minutes by train from Sevenoaks.
Fare and timetable information is available from Southeastern Trains, tel. 08457 484950.
Sevenoaks is not a large town, and the centre can easily be travelled on foot. As with most other towns in England, the town is well serviced by buses and taxis.
Arriva is the bus company that operates in Sevenoaks. Timetables and fares are available on their website. Buy your ticket from the driver when you board the bus.
The main taxi rank is at the train station, although you can order a taxi by telephone to pick you up from anywhere.
Other places of interest in the Sevenoaks area