Buried in the Kent countryside, Swanley is 17 miles from the centre of London and combines the best of both worlds with a busy town centre and village ambience.
In the centre of the town you’ll find plenty of shops, but if you want a spot of more intense retail therapy the giant Bluewater Shopping Centre is only 8 miles away. There’s an abundance of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars so whether you want to pop out for lunch or the evening, there’s plenty of choice.
However, just a stone’s throw from the bustling centre there’s the delight of the countryside, with a pick your own farm and green spaces. Beechenlea Lane, Westview and Petham Park are just a few of the open spaces available.
One of the largest and most popular areas is Swanley Park. This green space stretches over 60 acres with features that include a bandstand, boating lake, cafe, miniature railway and splash park.
Those who enjoy sports will find a big complex which includes BMX riding, roller skating, tennis, football and netball. If you’re mad about golf, you’ll love the selection in Swanley as it includes several driving ranges and two full courses too.
The town’s history is firmly rooted in agriculture and farming. This can be seen in the name of the town which derived from Saxon words means “a clearing in the wood for pigs”. The first map of Swanley from 1790 shows only a tiny handful of farming cottages but the introduction of the railway sent the agriculture industry in the area rocketing. Even now Swanley has a semi-rural feel in parts, with no shortage of fields, farm and agriculture remaining