Eynsford

From the station, the village of Eynsford is a ten-minute walk along the fairly busy A225. However the village itself is well worth the walk – it is charming, offering visitors a wealth of choice, from pretty cafes and pubs, to a florist, old-fashioned sweet shop, butchers, a well-stocked village shop and the atmospheric ruins of Eynsford Castle (tucked away near the village shop). The area near the river bank and the mediaeval hump-backed bridge (complete with niches in which to tuck yourself when cars approach), is a truly beautiful spot to while away a few hours on a long summer’s day.

The railway station also offers direct access to trails running up the hill to the east. These paths connect to the stunning open valley, hidden behind the hill, as well as to the south many of the local attractions including Lullingstone Roman Villa (a well-preserved Roman ruin run by English Heritage), Lullingstone Castle and World Garden (Henry VIII visited here on a few occasions with his entourage, each time nearly bankrupting the family!) and Lullingstone Country Park, with a visitor’s centre and several signed trails to explore. A bit further afield you will also find Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation, a bird sanctuary with all sorts of activities to enjoy, and Castle Farm, the UK’s biggest lavender farm.

Exterior view of passenger waiting room at Eynsford Station
Vintage tractors driving through the ford at Eynsford
Image of butterfly on flower at Lullingstone World Garden

Lullingstone World Garden

Image of red apples on tree at Castle Farm Darent Valley

Pick your own at Castle Farm

Man in small boat fishing on the lake at Lullingstone Castle

The gardens at Lullingstone Castle

Eynsford was also home to a number of notable artists, inventors and musicians.