Travelling around West Malling
West Malling is a historic market town in Kent, England. Although relatively small, it is packed with fascinating historical buildings, many bearing blue plaques, and the surrounding countryside makes it easy to see why this part of the world is referred to as ‘The Garden of England’.
The fact that West Malling is located just 35 miles from central London, with excellent road and rail links, makes it a popular choice with commuters working in the city. The influx of relatively well-off younger families means that its centre has more in the way of amenities than you might expect for a town of its size.
Arriva buses operate throughout West Malling and can be taken to explore further afield, such as Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone.
There is history around every corner in West Malling, ranging from the man-made waterfall once painted by JMW Turner to the blue plaque marking the occasion when The Beatles came to West Malling. The Fab Four were in town to film the opening sequence of their film The Magical Mystery Tour. To go a little further back into the history of the region, take a trip to nearby Trottiscliffe to see the Coldrum Long Barrow, a collection of ancient standing stones which are actually a thousand years older than Stonehenge.