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  • council: Ashford Borough Council
  • population: 113,500 (2008 est)
  • phone code: 01233 664410 (ABC)
  • postcode area: TN23, TN24, TN25
  • county: Kent
  • twin Towns: Bad Münstereifel - Germany, Fougères - France, Hopewell - USA

Ashford is a market town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, England.

Tourist Guides
2012 Accommodation Guide
Great Days Out

NEW ASHFORD – A great place for retail therapy
Ashford is a great place for retail therapy with great customer services. Ashford has a Debenhams store along with a host of favourite names its two shopping centres and traditional High Street. With names ranging from Marks and Spencer, Boots, BHS, Next, River Island, H & M to name but a few, by shopping in our traditional High Street, County Square and Park Mall Shopping Centres and the Ashford Designer Outlet, you will be spoilt for choice

The new Debenhams Department Store in County Square

Ashford Designer Outlet
Located just a 10 minute walk or 5 minutes away on the shuttle bus running from Bank Street; the Ashford Designer Outlet has a host of designer brands with up to 60% every day of the week.

Visit for a full store directory

marketThe Market Ashford is an historic market town, with its market charter granted in 1243. Cattle and produce were sold in Lower High Street. Today market stalls come to the town on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and sell a range of products and produce.

St Mary's Church
Dates from around 1250, but a Church on this site was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The churchyard houses the Town’s Museum in what was the first Grammar School in Ashford founded in 1635. The Tourist Information Centre is next to the Museum.
Part of Medieval Ashford and previously known at the 'Shambles' Middle Row contains an interesting and historic collection of buildings. Its past history contained businesses of fish, corn and butchery stores in this area.
63 High Street dates from at least 1490. The house was left to the Widow of a local landowner Sir John Fogge. A small town house with carved Timbers.

View to Middle Row

The Fountain and Railway Heritage
the fountain

Lower High Street - with a wheel at its heart to commemorate Ashford's railway heritage. The Railway came to Ashford in 1842 and linked Ashford to London. Railway engines were made in yards in the town.
Ashford had two stations, The Domestic Station which serves 5 lines and International Station which carries the Eurostar Service. The High Speed train service commenced in July 2009, shortening the journey time to London to just 39 minutes.

Memorial Gardens

memorial gardens

Commemorates the people of the town who gave their lives in two World Wars, There are floral displays of Ashford's crest and those of its twin towns of Fourgeres and Bad Munstereifel. A peaceful spot in the heart of Ashford.

More Information
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