The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Ashford

Ashford insights
Ashford’s population
House price’s in Ashford
Is Ashford a nice place to live?
Is Ashford safe?
The best neighbourhoods to live in, in Ashford
Travelling in Ashford
What are the schools like in Ashford?
Universities in Ashford
Eating and drinking in Ashford
Shopping in Ashford
Hotels in Ashford
Top 10 things to do in Ashford
Locksmiths in Ashford

stone bridge in Ashford over the river

Ashford Insights

Ashford is a town located in Kent in the South East of England and has been a market town since as far back as the Middle Ages! More recently Ashford has undergone a few developments to the town centre, shopping areas and new housing developments.

Driving into London city centre will take you around 1hr 30 minutes via car but just around 40 minutes via train, making this town great for commuters into the capital.


Ashford’s Population

The mid-year 2019 population estimate for the town of Ashford is 130,000, with slightly higher number of females living within the town compared to males at 51.4% to 48.6%. The total number of residents living in Kent itself is 1,581,600!


Average House Prices in Ashford

The current average value for a property in Ashford as estimated by Zoopla in October 2020 is £323,537. However, the average price paid for a property stands at £313,664, this data is collected from 873 property sales over the last 12 months. This sees a value change of -1.68% from the last 12 months but there was a very small 0.04% positive change over the last 3 months.


Detached House Prices in Ashford

The average price 271 people paid for a detached home in Ashford over the last year was £468,272. This is an average value decline of -3.27% from the last 12 months but a small rise over the last 3 months at 0.04% from which Zoopla estimates the current average value of a detached home in Ashford to be worth £488,724.


Semi-Detached House Prices in Ashford

There have been 257 sales of detached homes in Ashford over the last 12 months. The average price people paid was £283,597 but Zoopla estimates semi-detached homes to be worth less at £275,410 resulting in a negative value change of -5.44%.


Terraced House Prices in Ashford

£226,212 is Zoopla’s current average value of a terraced property in Ashford. People who bought a terraced property in Ashford however, paid a little higher at £235,159 and there is a current value change of -0.51%.


Flat Prices in Ashford

From 90 sales of flats in Ashford the average price paid was £154,109, which is slightly above Zoopla’s current average estimate at £150,963. Flat properties have seen the biggest recent fall in average value by -6.12% in Ashford.


Renting in Ashford

Currently the average property rents for £898pcm in Ashford according to A room will set you back £517pcm on average, a flat will cost you £756pcm and a house is around £1,056pcm.

Is Ashford a Nice Place to Live?

Ashford is set in the heart of the ‘Garden of England’ due to the gentle rolling hills Kent has to offer. Ashford is an ideal place for many to move to as it is away from the hustle and bustle of London and surrounding cities (as well as Brussels and Paris which are accessible via train) but within close and easy access making it a great commuter town. In Ashford itself not only does it offer a gentle calm way of life with lots of parks and greenery but it succeeds in mixing the old with the new too. Ashford and the villages surrounding are steeped in history and retain some old style buildings and 18th century windmills but Ashford has been modernised to fit in with contemporary living such as new shopping areas and new homes. Furthermore, there are also lots of good schools in the area making it a great location for young families.


Is Ashford a Safe Place to Live?

On average over the last few months there were less than 300 crimes reported within each month of 2020. The latest report on the Police website states that during the month of August the highest reported number of crimes were violence and sexual offences at 93 reports followed by anti-social behavior at 69 reports and public order at 29. The burglary rates for Ashford are very low with 5 reported burglary crimes in August 2020 and 75 reported over the previous 12 months.


What are the Best Neighbourhoods in Ashford, Kent?

Willesborough, Ashford

Willesborough is a suburb located in the East of Ashford. It contains a few good schools for families, the popular 19th century windmill, The Windmill Inn pub, a cricket ground and even a ‘pie ‘n mash’ café!

Great Chart, Ashford

If you enjoy living in a village close to a river and lake, Great Chart is a great location for you. The Great Stour River runs through Great Chart and benefits from the pretty Singleton Lake. There are also a few good schools within the area, a rifle club and clothing shop Matalan.

Beaver Green

Beaver Green is close to the train station so is great for commuters but also benefits from good schools and the large Victoria Park which runs along the river in the area. It is mostly terraced housing and flats in this area.


Travelling in Ashford, Kent

Buses in Ashford

Stagecoach run the bus routes in Ashford, take a look at this website to plan out your journey.

Trains in Ashford

Ashford International is the railway station located within the town. This train station is impressive for the number of routes it includes. Not only can you reach London in under 40 minutes on Britain’s only high speed commuter service bullet train but this train station connects with many European cities thanks to the Eurostar service. From Ashford International you can reach Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Marseille, Rotterdam, Lille, Lyon and Avignon! Find out more on their website here.

Closest Airport to Ashford

London Gatwick is the closest airport to Ashford. It will take you around an hour via the M20 by car and around 1hr 30 minutes by train. However, London City airport will take you around an hour by train and around 1hr 30 minutes by road. So depending on your destination and preferred mode of transport will decide on which airport is quickest to reach.


What are the Schools like in Ashford?

There are 56 schools and colleges located in the proximity of Ashford. 6 schools in the area have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the majority are rated ‘Good’ and only 1 was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’. Discover more on the Gov website here.


Universities near Ashford

The closest university to Ashford is the University of Kent, which achieved the Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework, rated 21st in the Times Higher Education ‘Tables of Tables’ in 2017 and 95% of graduates found and job or continued studies within 6 months of completing their course. Anthropology, Astronomy, Biomedical Science, French, Military History and Wildlife Conservation are just a handful of courses on offer here.

ashford lake

Eating and Drinking in Ashford

These are the top three restaurants in Ashford according to Tripadvisor (October 2020)


  1. Amici Restaurant

Almost a 1000 5 star reviews bring this restaurant to the top spot in Ashford. This cosy Italian restaurant has reviewers rating their salmon in particular.


  1. Footprints Café Bistro

This café is part of the Singleton Environment Centre and is set in a beautifully designed building looking out onto the landscape. Reviewers love their English Breakfast!


  1. The Wife of Bath

Set in the beautiful Kent Downs this restaurant hits spot number three. It serves up modern English and European food and even has 5 guest bedrooms if you don’t feel like leaving after dinner!

Shopping in Ashford

There are many shops dotted up and down the high street in Ashford which are accompanied by three shopping centres within close proximity.

Ashford Designer Outlet

The Ashford Designer Outlet houses 85 luxury brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade and a further 15 restaurants so you can spend the whole day shopping and eating out there!

County Square

There are a further 48 shops located in County Square and a few cafes to boot. This shopping centre contains some of your favourite high street chains such as Newlook and Deichmann.

Park Mall

If you’re after something more unique but still need to grab your essentials, head to Park Mall which caters for those looking for independent boutiques and high street retailers!


Hotels in Ashford

The top three hotels in Ashford include two Premier Inn’s at spot 1 & 2 and a Travelodge at spot number 5. Excluding these hotels the following three are the best ranked on Tripadvisor (October 2020):

  1. Ashford International Hotel

From £71 a night this hotel is located very close to the Eurostar Tunnel, hence its name. With 179 bedrooms a costa coffee, bar and spa with 20m pool you’ll have a great stay here before continuing on with your travels.


  1. Conningbrook Hotel

Guests rate the warm reception and delicious food served in the country style pub here. The rooms are cosy and spacious but some are in need of an update.


  1. The Dering Arms

This beautiful stonework building is highly rated for its pub food. The rooms are cosy and contain all the amenities you’ll find you will need.

Top 10 Things to do in Ashford, Kent

  1. Godinton House and Gardens
  2. Victoria Park
  3. Kent Downs
  4. Conningbrook Lakes
  5. Ashford Museum
  6. Wye National Nature Reserve
  7. Willesborough Windmill
  8. Biddenden Vineyards
  9. Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway
  10. St Mary the Virgin Church


Need a Locksmith in Ashford?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Ashford Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Ashford provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in, consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

View our Keytek® Locksmiths Ashford page to find your local Locksmith today or call us on 01784 777 221!


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