Photo location and event ideas

This page contains a few locations around Sevenoaks (within about 30-40 miles) that our members have found fruitful for photos.

We have created a Google Map with the approximate locations marked for you.

The Visit Sevenoaks website may also be of interest for places to go and more.

Ideas for: stately homes/castles etc | gardens/landscape etc | preserved heritage etc | villages/urban | events and similar photo opportunities

Some photo ideas near Sevenoaks - focus on stately homes/castles etc
Location Comments
Bodiam Castle Old moated castle; a favourite with photographers
Chartwell House and gardens formerly owned by Sir Winston Churchill
Hampton Court Palace One of the Historic Royal Palaces: extensive palace buildings, garden and park.
Hever Castle House and extensive gardens
Ightham Mote Moated house and garden
Knole Park & Knole House Large wooded deer park, and one of the finest stately homes in the country. In the centre of Sevenoaks
Leeds Castle Large castle built on islands in lake; near Maidstone
Penshurst Place Stately home and gardens

Some photo ideas near Sevenoaks - focus on gardens/nature etc
Location Comments
Lavender fields at Shoreham, Kent (owned by Castle Farm, Shoreham) Best from mid-June to mid-July; viewable from the roads; the fields are private and there is no public right of way, although tours can be booked; see website for details
Dungeness Shingle landscape by the coast in the south of Kent; popular with photographers for a variety of subjects, including close-ups of fishing boats and old machinery as well as the wildlife. It also has one terminus of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway, and there is an RSPB bird reserve..
Richmond Park: Isabella Plantation An ornamental woodland garden for all seasons; a member says it is "absolutely gorgeous there in May when the azalias and rhododendrons are out".
The Royal Landscape A thousand acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, incorporating The Savill Garden, The Valley Gardens and Virginia Water lake.
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Nature trail, hides and visitor centre in a 55 hectare reserve of water and land habitats
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens Famous gardens created by Vita Sackville West
Titsey Place Gardens and manor house in Oxted, Surrey.
Wisley garden The Royal Horticultural Society's garden in Surrey

Some photo ideas near Sevenoaks - focus on preserved heritage
Location Comments
Bluebell Railway Preserved steam railway in Sussex ; Sheffield Park station is close to Sheffield Park Gardens, a National Trust property.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Preserved dockyard, parts of which date back hundreds of years
De La Warr Pavilion A Grade 1 Listed Modernist building in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
Kent & East Sussex Railway Preserved steam railway running from Tenterden to Bodiam; Bodiam station is close to Bodiam Castle

Some photo ideas near Sevenoaks - focus on villages & urban
Location Comments
Canterbury Mixture of old and new. Canterbury Cathedral in the centre.
Chiddingstone Old village a few miles from Sevenoaks.

Eclectic photo opportunities near Sevenoaks
When What/where
Anytime Sevenoaks is at the southern end of the Darent Valley Community Rail Partnership; the CRP includes the line from Sevenoaks to Swanley via Bat & Ball, Otford, Shoreham and Eynsford.
Anytime Southeastern Railway is a member of the Kent Community Rail Partnership, and downloadable pdf guides to Medway Valley Rail Trails — walks starting and finishing at its stations on the Medway Valley Line — are available on the KCRP website.
Various Airshow calendar (some local, most further afield around the country)
Various Steam Heritage has listings of steam rallies and events nationwide