Orpington has excellent public transport access, including a busy train station with routes into Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Victoria. Orpington is served by many high-frequency bus routes that run between the Town Centre and the residential suburbs including Beckenham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Crystal Palace, Dartford, Hayes, Lewisham, Penge, Sidcup, St Mary Cray, Swanley, Welling and Woolwich.
The M25 ring-road around London passes Orpington to the south of the town and junction 4 is just a short drive away.
The High Street and adjacent Walnuts Shopping Centre contain a wide variety of high-street shops. There is a general market three days a week in front of Orpington College. A large Tesco supermarket opened in 2009 on the site of a former multi-storey car park. There are several good restaurants in the town centre to choose from as well. There are 'big box' retail outlets in St. Mary Cray, including the new Nugent Shopping Park which includes M&S, Laura Ashley, Next, Mothercare and Debenhams.
Education in Orpington is managed by the London Borough of Bromley which is the Local Education Authority. The town contains a full range of primary and secondary schools, including two of the top schools in the country, St. Olave's Grammar School and Newstead Wood School, which both select students on the basis of their performance in a highly competitive entrance examination.
The Orpington campus of Bromley College, Bromley is a further education college. It is affiliated with the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.
Orpington is also home to some beautiful parks such as Goddington Park which is a wonderful wide open space with plenty of grass, sports pitches and a children's playground. It has a wealth of sports facilities including a bowling green, various rugby / football and cricket pitches and tennis court.
Orpington is also the home to the picturesque Priory Gardens, where there is a church, museum, a child’s play area and beautiful garden.
Orpington also boasts a seven-screen Odeon ISENSE complex for all you cinema lovers!
There is a very diverse mix of property in Orpington, ranging from starter homes through to substantial detached mansions set within private parks, such as Chelsfield Park, Keston Park and Farnborough Park. History lovers will find a good deal of Victorian and period properties too.