Town of Tonbridge
Tonbridge is an historic market town well known for its culture and heritage. The magnificent 13th century Motte and Bailey Castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens, stands above the River Medway and is the dominant feature. Timber framed buildings can be found dotted through the town, as well as fine 18th century weather boarded and tiled houses.
The family of Jane Austen had many links to both the town and school. Her father, George, was a pupil and later taught at Tonbridge. The Jane Austen Kent literary walk guides visitors round many of the Tonbridge spots that she and her family were associated with.
Tonbridge School sits firmly in the heart of the town. Many of the school's facilities - for example, the squash courts, the athletics track (used by Kelly Holmes for her Olympic training), the sports pitches and the swimming pool - are regularly used by groups, clubs or organisations within the town. The Tonbridge Philharmonic Society rehearses at the school, and the Chapel is the venue for most of the Society's concerts. Local primary schools have the use of our swimming pool, and other schools and organisations in the area hold their carol services in the Chapel.