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Orpington, is a southern suburban town of London, in southeast England. It is a busy route for passengers travelling from and to five major London stations and the towns from the coast and heartland of Kent.
Orpington Museum, Priory and magnificent Gardens provide an interesting and fun day out, offering tourists free access anually to listed Arts and Crafts style gardens, steeped in medieval history.
Visit Bromley Museum which is housed in a medieval building set in beautiful gardens, including exhibitions of the Avebury collection and displays showing the development of the area.
Orpington's busy town centre is ideal for shopping and a popular location for business. The suburb of New Town, between the Priory and St. Mary Cray, has its own pubs and shops. The High Street has an abundance of retail shops including M&S, Boots, WH Smith, Sainsbury's, Woolworth and Bonmarche. There is also Walnuts Shopping Centre and an open air and indoor market.
Explore the Lush countryside of Kent, renowned for its orchards, hop fields, orchards and miles of historical coastline including the famous White Cliffs of Dover. The source of the River Cray is located in Orpington and flows north-eastward through a lowland area. The banks of the River Cray and the adjoining land are rich in flora and fauna, and have a great deal of archaeological significance. Many great houses and estates are also situated in the area. Take a trip to Petts Wood Nature Forest, great for picnics, family fun, and loads of walking trails and wildlife to see.
Trains leave from Orpington Station and travel to London's Charing Cross Station, every 15 minutes (duration 23 minutes). Orpington is within four miles of the M2, M20, M25 (J4), M26 and within easy reach of Gatwick, City, Heathrow, Stansted and Biggin Hill airports.
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Buses are in abundance in Orpington and service London, and other major towns and cities. This is the cheapest option for getting around, although time consuming as buses pick and drop off people constantly all day.