Photo: John Miller


27. Elham

The historic and picturesque village of Elham is in the heart of the Kent Downs, about half-way along the meandering valley that bears its name and that links Folkestone to Canterbury. Its 43 listed buildings and unique setting make it one of the most historically interesting and picturesque villages in East Kent.

For much of its history Elham was a small market town. It retains many of the fine buildings of its late medieval and Tudor heyday, including the large Grade I listed church of St Mary, several fine timber-framed houses of the 15th, 16th and 17th century, and two market places in the Square and at the bottom of the High Street where the road widens out.

Walking routes nearby

Elham valley walk (22.5 miles)

Elham valley walkers website

Further information

By Road: located midway between the M20 and A2. From Folkestone follow A260 North or from Canterbury take the A2/A260 South

By Bus: served by the No. 17 bus route from Folkestone to Canterbury operated by Stagecoach.

By Train: The nearest train station is at Sandling (5.5 miles). Alternatively travel to either Canterbury or Folkestone and pick up the bus.

Elham Village
High Street

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