Guide to Lympne

When you think of Lympne, the first thing that no doubt comes to mind is its famous zoo. But it’s not just lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) that have made the pretty village of Lympne their home. If you’re looking to relocate to a village on the outskirts of Ashford that has charm and character in spades, Lympne is undoubtedly it. 

With the M20 within easy reach, located a short distance from Sellindge and Hythe, and less than 7 miles from Folkestone, Lympne is the perfect base for those who travel to the continent for work or leisure – indeed on a clear day you could view the continent from your new home! Lympne is situated on the former sea cliffs, looking out over the English Channel and the North Downs, offering residents some of the best views in Kent.

An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lympne has a history stretching back to Roman times and is home to its own castle as well as the famous wildlife park. Lympne Castle is a 15th century moated manor that is built on the former site of a Roman tower, and was once owned by the Archdeacon of Canterbury. The castle is popular with tourists and village residents alike, serving primarily as an attractive wedding venue and a hotspot for ghost hunters. 

Residents of the beautiful village of Lympne are proud of their church, St Stephens, a medieval parish church dating back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, as well as an aerodrome where many air-travel records have been set. The village has a warm and friendly community feel, with amenities such as a grocery store and hairdresser, its own football team, recreation area and a village hall – which hosts all manner of events, classes and activities designed to bring the community together. These include weekly dance classes for all ages, fitness classes, toddler groups, drama groups, guides and scouts, karate clubs, table tennis, and craft clubs. As a new resident of Lympne, you’re sure to find a way to integrate yourself into village life. 

If you’re thinking of making the move to Lympne with young children in tow, it’s worth knowing that there is a good local school, Lympne CE Primary School, which has a great community feel and is dedicated to providing amazing experiences and opportunities that enable pupils to flourish within a nurturing and safe environment. 

A traditional, country pub is a staple attraction of most Kent villages, and Lympne is certainly no exception. The County Members, situated on Aldington Road, is a charming local pub specialising in fresh fish and home cooking. Bar snacks and ‘light bites’ are available, as are real and local ales. If you decide to move to Lympne, you’re sure to make good use of this vibrant pub which is known for its family friendly, relaxed atmosphere and theme nights.  

The village of Lympne has plenty to offer when it comes to outdoor recreation and is the perfect location for those who love to walk and hike. Cyclists and horse-riders also frequent the area; enticed by the network of quaint roads and pathways, and the rolling fields – and with the coast right on your doorstep, you couldn’t be better located to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

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