If you're new to Ashford, or just looking to explore around the area, there is plenty for you in and around our town. Have a scroll down to see some other available places or head to Experience Ashford & Tenterden for other options.
Ashford and Tenterden Tourist Association have an excellent brochure for 2023 featuring 32 places to visit in the Borough, including AIMREC.
The on-line version is available at https://e.issuu.com/embed.html... and there are hard copies available in the Tourist Information Area in the Gateway in Church Road.
There is also a great video to accompany the brochure which is here on YouTube https://youtu.be/FJS1JsxZQ2A
Other places we know of are;
Woodchurch Windmill - 4.2 Miles
The windmill overlooks Woodchurch village from the north, with extensive views over the Walland marshes towards the English Channel coast.
Hothfield Heathlands Nature Reserve - 4.5 Miles
This Kent Wildlife Trust nature reserve offers stunning scenery, wildlife, wild horses and highland cows. The best example of open heathland and acid bog in Kent, the reserve offers beautiful photo opportunities and chances of seeing some wonderful wildlife.
Ashford - Tank WW1 - 5.7 Miles
This tank memorial is based at George's Square in Ashford town centre and is a fascinating relic from the First World War (1914-1918).
Ashford International Rail Station - 6 Miles
This is the nearest rail station to AIMREC and is a great place to see some modern day trains.
Ashford Town Centre - 6 Miles
The bustling town centre is full of a variety of shops and restaurants!
Ashford Museum - 6.3 Miles
Ashford Museum is operated by the Ashford Borough Museum Society, a registered charity comprised entirely of volunteers. The museum's collection comprises artefacts relating to the Borough of Ashford and its people. One of the collections features Railway memorabilia including artefacts from the railway and works, photographs and two model railways to recall the important role that railways played in the town's history.
Ashford Warren & Hoads Woods - 6.4 Miles
A stunning woodlands protected by Kent Wildlife Trust. A lovely place to see wild birds and explore the woodlands, which has a rail line running through it. Highland cows are occassionally at the woods, depending on the time of the year.
Kent & East Sussex Railway - 6.9 Miles
K&ESR has a unique collection of trains, some of which are approaching 150 years old! With heritage steam and diesel trains typically operating April to October plus special events over the festive season, there is much for the entire family to enjoy. Online prices for Freedom Tickets start from £13.50 and dogs travel free!
Tenterden & District Museum - 6.9 Miles
Dip into 1,000 years of history with the help of friendly stewards, and discover rich layers of history, architectural trends over the centuries, house or family history.
The archives house extensive research into local house histories and genealogy and hundreds of unique photographs and post cards.
Ashford Designer Outlet - 7.4 Miles
There are many shops and restaurants to explore and enjoy here.
There are some great locations to visit which are further afield from AIMREC, but you may be interested in investigating them!
Please see below for some suggestions and the distance in miles from AIMREC.
Bredgar & Wormshill Railway - 18 Miles
This delightful 2′ 6″ railway's objective is the preservation of steam locomotives in a form which enables railway enthusiasts, the general public and children to appreciate how important this type of energy was to the industry for over 100 years. The trains have been restored to their original specifications and are run as part of small goods or passenger trains. There is an engine shed to explore, shop and a tea room which has very tasty cakes!
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - 18.2 Miles
The RH&DR is known as 'Kent's Mainline in Miniature' and has one-third full size steam and diesel locamotives, which run along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve.
Hastings Tramways - 19 Miles
This is a lovely club which has two trams, a small museum/shop and track at their site based in the lovely Staplecross Shrub Centre. Members have worked hard to make the site visitor-friendly and it's a lovely little gem.
Staplecross Garden Centre - 19 Miles
A lovely centre which has a lot to offer! The Hastings Tramways Club is based here as well as a selection of small, enticing shops, a plant nursery and a restaurant for refreshments. But this is no ordinary restaurant! The Railway Tavern is a magical re-conditioned 1950's train carriage turned in to restaurant, offering delicious food and drinks! The staff in all areas of the centre are very friendly and helpful and this makes for a wonderful stop-off to a journey.
Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway - 20.9 Miles
The line which is built to a gauge of 2′ 6″, continues to use the steam engines and rolling stock that were supplied to operate the railway in its working life prior to preservation in 1969.
Hornby Visitor Centre (Margate) - 42.4 Miles
Shop and museum featuring rare products from Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix an Corgi archives, track the history of Hornby’s iconic model trains from Frank Hornby’s early home-made toys in sheet metal, through the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo.