Welcome to Shoreham, an idyllic village in the Darent Valley with links to English painter, Samuel Palmer.
Steeped in history, Shoreham boasts a rich tapestry of tales that date back centuries. Evidence of its ancient past can be seen in the remnants of medieval buildings, charming old cottages, and the iconic Shoreham Castle. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, with every corner revealing a story waiting to be told.
No visit to Shoreham is complete without experiencing the warm hospitality of its residents and enjoying a meal at one of its charming village pubs. From classic car shows and art festivals to historical reenactments, there’s always something happening in this vibrant village. Its proximity to other nearby attractions, such as the historic town of Sevenoaks and the stunning Lullingstone Roman Villa, makes it an excellent base for exploring the wider region.
Samuel Palmer, a renowned English landscape painter and one of the key figures of the 19th-century Romantic art movement, found inspiration and solace in the idyllic village of Shoreham. The picturesque surroundings and timeless charm of this Kentish village captivated Palmer, who moved there in 1826. Shoreham’s serene countryside, with its rolling hills, meandering river, and quaint cottages, served as a muse for many of his masterpieces. His artistic vision, which he referred to as “a visionary world,” showcased the village’s enchanting landscapes, imbued with a sense of ethereal light and mystical ambiance. Today, Shoreham proudly celebrates its connection with the eminent artist, and visitors can walk in Palmer’s footsteps, retracing the scenes that stirred his imagination on a self-guided audio trail.