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Moving to Tonbridge- All You Need to Know

Thinking of moving to Tonbridge? Tonbridge is known for many famous aspects: the Tonbridge Castle- gifted by William the Conqueror, Tonbridge School- established by Sir Andrew Judde, and the Medway River- what was once the lifeblood of the native townspeople.

If being surrounded by your country's culture isn't enough to pack your bags and sell the cottage to live here, cheque out the other beautiful aspects of Tonbridge. They just might be the reason you are looking to get out of the city.

Where is Tonbridge?

Tonbridge lies in the Southeastern part of London in Kent County, about 20 miles from the London Gatwick Airport.

In reference to nearby towns, Tonbridge is a short 2 miles North of Southborough, 12 miles SW of Maidstone, and 28 miles SE of London. Alternatively, it is 5 miles north of the East Sussex border.

Is Tonbridge a good place to live?

Have you ever had a hard day at work or just needed a place to relax and zone out? Then Tonbridge is the place for you! You can walk out to Hayden Country Park, feel the breeze on your face off the lake, and still be home in time for supper.

The town shops are easy to reach, the locals are friendly and welcoming, and the entertainment is unrivalled. When someone thinks of a good place to live, you know Tonbridge pops into their minds.

Schools in Tonbridge

Those families who move to Tonbridge hoping for an excellent education for future generations can cheque out Slade, St Margaret Clitherow RC, Woodlands Junior, or Penhurst if primary school is needed.

If private school is desired, the family's sons can scope out Tonbridge School for boys, a boarding school for boys ages 13-18, ranked one of the UK's top schools. Somerhill (co-ed ages 3-6), Derwent Lodge (girls 7-11), and Yardley Court (boys 7-13) as other great private prep school options in the Tonbridge district.

There are 2 options for girls' grammar schools: TGGS and Weald. The boys' grammar school is Judd. Of course, Hillview is another great opportunity in the Tonbridge area.

Those looking to continue their education can look to Hadlow College, known for its specialities in agriculture and horticultural backgrounds.

Transport Links in Tonbridge

With its own train station in town, Tonbridge offers several train rides for commuting. You have 2 lines to choose from when commuting in and out of Tonbridge, the Ashford/Canterbury line and the Hastings rail. Jump on the train and rest your feet for a 40-minute commute to Charing Cross.

Another travel option is by bus. From Tonbridge, you can catch the 222, 402, 5, 7 and TW4 transport lines. This option will take extra time. For instance, to get to Gatwick Airport, the ride will take 146 minutes, whereas, by train, you can get there in just under 1 hour (56 minutes).

Those who prefer to drive themselves instead of wait for train times can use the A21 for 10 miles before connecting to the M25 and going straight to London. You can also grab a taxi for the same travel times but without the hassle of trying to find parking in the city.

Is Tonbridge within commuting distance from London?

The commute to London from Tonbridge comes with a few options, the fastest being a 35-40-minute train ride (if you can get the quickest service line). This will cost you between £15-33 one way.

By bus, the commute takes about 55 minutes, and you will need to know when they run and have a flexible schedule to get there. The cost is £6.10 for the cheapest fare.

You can drive your own vehicle, taking roughly 50 minutes and costing only £12-17 in petrol. A taxi ride will take the same amount of time to London but cost you £215-262 for the convenience of not driving yourself.

Things to Do in Tonbridge

Sightseeing: Whether you are new to the area, visiting, or have lived around here for years, there are castles, lakes, wildlife, and High Street to explore.

Sports and Entertainment: You can join in for an activity or be a spectator and thoroughly enjoy the day. Catch the Tonbridge Angels at Longmead Stadium for a bout of football or watch the Dragon Boat Race, held on the Medway each year. You can likely catch the teams practising in the offseason as well.

Shopping: Spend an afternoon shopping on High Street and catch a bite to eat from a local business owner, or hit the Cannon Lane retail park for some retail therapy.

For the Tykes: Don't leave the kids at home. Take them to 'Ales and Rails for an exciting experience with steam and diesel trains and meet Thomas the Tank Engine. Mini golf is available at Mr Mulligan's Dino Golf and swimming pool on those hot days in the sun.

Property prices in Tonbridge

Tonbridge combines the art and history of homes built in the 1920s and newly developed detached homes for those searching for a more modern home. The average price to buy your new home in Tonbridge is £484,377, half that of living in Sevenoaks.

Here, you can choose from elaborate Victorian homes to sweet homey-feeling cottages in and around town. Looking specifically for a semi-detached? Expect to pay around £466,728 for a home.

If you are looking for a flat, consider the average cost of £249,916 for your buying budget. Alternatively, you can expect to put down £385,105 on a terraced property.

If renting is more to your liking, expect to pay approximately £1,165 each month. Specifically, you can expect to pay £965 pcm for a 1-bedroom or £2,125 pcm for a 4-bedroom rental. Choosing a place within the city centre will cost a little more than getting outside the centre for a more quiet countryside lifestyle.

Is Tonbridge a good place to move?

We like to think the low crime rate, outstanding rated schools, and lovely green lawns are not only a good place to move but a beautiful place to stay long term and raise a family.

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