Sevenoaks is a commuter town situated on the London fringe of west Kent, England, some 20 miles (31.2 km) south-east of Charing Cross, on one of the principal commuter rail lines from the capital. The town gives its name to the Sevenoaks (district), of which it is the principal town, followed by Swanley and Edenbridge, Kent.  
The presence of Knole House, a large mansion, led to the earlier settlement becoming a village; in the 13th century a market was established.  Sevenoaks became part of the modern communications network when one of the earlier toll road was opened in the 18th century; the railway was relatively late in reaching it.  It has a large commuting population although a nearby defence installation is a large employer of labour.   
There are a number of independent educational establishments in the town, including the prestigious Sevenoaks School.

Why visit?

  • Sevenoaks is a charming market town with a rich history, boasting a variety of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Take a stroll around the town centre and explore the many historic buildings, including the Grade I listed St Nicholas Church and the ruins of Knole House.
  • Sevenoaks is home to a number of attractions, including the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, the Sevenoaks Vineyard and the Sevenoaks Leisure Centre. There are also a number of events held throughout the year, such as the Sevenoaks Summer Festival and the Sevenoaks Literary Festival.
  • Sevenoaks is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Take a walk or cycle along the North Downs Way, explore the nearby Knole Park or take a boat trip on the River Darent.