Westerham Tunbridge Wells
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Westerham in south-east England is a hidden gem.  This delightful little Georgian market town on the North Downs has been by-passed by the M25 motorway and visitors have to leave the main road to visit its many historic attractions.
 
General James Wolfe and Sir Winston Churchill
The town is based around a Village Green on which are two statues of its most famous residents – General James Wolfe and Sir Winston Churchill.  James Wolfe was born in the Old Vicarage and lived in Quebec House.  The Churchill family home, Chartwell, is nearby.  It is easily accessible from Westerham along the B2026.
 
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Squerryes Court - Jane Austen's Emma
Less than half a mile (800 metres) from the Village Green is Squerryes Court, a beautiful 17th century house and gardens used as the film location for the 2009 BBC TV production of Emma by Jane Austen.  This is the ancestral home of the Warde family and is open to the public.
 
The parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Westerham is 13th century but was heavily restored in Victorian times.  Nevertheless it still has the font in which James Wolfe and Sir Winston Churchill’s grandchildren were baptised and other interesting historical monuments.
 
Biggin Hill
Westerham is not far from the famous wartime airfield at Biggin Hill.   Now a commercial light aircraft aerodrome, its role during World War II is commemorated in the St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance (Biggin Hill RAF Chapel) which is open to the public daily.
 
Charles Darwin's Downe House
No longer on the main route south-east, Westerham retains its village atmosphere surrounded by lovely wooded countryside, ideal for walking.  Charles Darwin’s home Downe House is approximately 3 miles (5 km) away.
 
The town has a number of independent shops, restaurants and traditional public houses which serve the locally brewed Westerham British Bulldog ale.  Our accommodation page lists some accommodation in the area.  The local Royal Tunbridge Wells TIC (Tourist Information Centre)can assist with bookings and most other tourist related matters. The Sevenoaks TIC (10 miles or 16 km away) can also assist - see below.
 
Westerham - Getting There
Westerham sits on the A25, a little to the south of the M25 London Ring Road and can be accessed from the A22 at Junction 6 or the A21 at Junction 5.
 
Sevenoaks - Getting There
Sevenoaks sits on the A225, approximately 7 miles (11 km) to the east of Westerham. Take the A25 from Westerham to the dual carriageway A21 to Sevenoaks.
 
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