Welcome to Swanley
Our area guide for living in Swanley offers a brief overview of the town and its attractions, properties, schools, history, council tax and public transport links.
Swanley is a town that combines the best of urban facilities with the beautiful Kent countryside. The bustling shopping district, with High Street brands and a thriving weekly market, is set just minutes from a pick-your-own fruit field and plenty of farm shops.
Falling under Sevenoaks District Council and spanning the BR8 postcode, Swanley sits at the northern tip of some classic Kent countryside, and encompasses desirable villages including Swanley Village, Hextable, Crockenhill, Eynesford, Wilmington, West Kingsdown and Farningham. Close by are Bexley, Dartford and Orpington.
The BIG 3:
- Mainline train station, with services to London Victoria and Blackfriars
- Excellent access to the A2, A20, M20 and M25
- Extensive buses routes throughout Kent and in to south east London
Swanley families can choose from a number of primary, secondary, academy and independent schools in the town. There’s a ‘find-a-school’ facility on every one of our online property listings, where you can filter schools by age, type and Ofsted rating.
Swanley Park is the star attraction, spread out over 60 acres and featuring a boating lake, café, bandstand, miniature railway, splash park and children’s playground. Sporty types are well catered for in Swanley, with White Oak Leisure Centre, specialist rollerblading and BMX facilities at St Mary’s Recreation Ground, and golf courses at Pedham, Lullingstone Park and Birchwood. At the other end of the spectrum, relax at Rowhill Grange’s Utopia Spa on the Swanley/Hextable border.
Food & Drink
Our Swanley staff recommend:
- The Plough in Eynsford, a cozy pub with log fire and river views
- The Lion Hotel in Farningham, a dog-friendly rustic pub
- Namaste, for excellent Indian cuisine, cocktail bar and dance floor
- Brew Buddies Brewery in Swanley Village, for tap room nights
- The Cotton Mill, a mircopub in Swanley Village
- The Chequers in Crockenhill, for real ales
- The Lamb in Swanley Village, for a game of pétanque
Swanley is a relatively new town so most of the housing stock is 1960s and 70s built, although Swanley Village does have some period properties dating back to the 1600s. The biggest and most prestigious houses can be found on Birchwood Park Avenue, although High Firs and Newlands are also desirable neighbourhoods.
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