Cranbrook - Capital of the Weald
Cranbrook in Kent, known as the 'Capital of Weald', is a pretty town with a medieval layout of streets and alleys, and many buildings dating from the 15th century through to the 19th centuries.
Today, Cranbrook is full of interesting individual shops (over 60!) and is perfect for browsing.
There are independent clothes and accessory boutiques to lose yourself in, for men as well!
Gift shops and vintage stores are ideal for delving into entrancing all but the most cynical of visitors and when refreshment is required the local cafés offer a welcome seat, food and beverages for watching the world go by on the ancient pavements!
The wealth from its days as a centre for clothweaving is still evident in the splendid old buildings, including the Parish Church of St Dunstan, known as the Cathedral of the Weald.
The Union Mill is probably Cranbrook's most famous landmark, one of the finest smock mills in the UK and still in working order.
Elizabeth I visited the grand George Hotel on the corner of the High Street in 1573.
This hotel is a very elegant spot to dine and imbibe the occasional musical event.
More interesting facts on Cranbrook's fascinating history are at the Cranbrook Museum, an historical artefact in itself.
This building is a 15th century timber framed cottage and sits in a tranquil garden.
The internationally renowned Sissinghurst Castle Garden is nearby, making Cranbrook an ideal base for exploring the castles and gardens of the area.
You must also try to visit when the October Apple Fayre is on or when the Music Festival takes place at the beginning of September.
The streets are closed off to vehicles and lively local festivities showcase local produce and local talent.
Discover more about Cranbrook and the surrounding area by downloading a copy of the Cranbrook Shopping & Heritage leaflet and In and Around Cranbook - a guide to many of the charming villages in the Weald of Kent.
For a virtual video tour of Cranbrook, take a look at our video on YouTube.
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