The village is approximately 5 miles (8 km) from the nearest junction of the M20 motorway, is served by Pluckley railway station, about 1.25 miles (2 km) to the south and lies on the long distance walking route, the Greensand Way and close to the Stour Valley Walk.
Pluckley has two particular claims to fame: the ITV drama series, The Darling Buds of May, was filmed there; and it is said to be the most haunted village in Britain. It is reputed to have twelve (possibly thirteen or fourteen) ghosts. These are:
Three other buildings in the village are also apparently haunted.
Pluckley was also featured on an episode of BBC's 'Top Gear'. Two of the presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, were filming a review of Smart's new ForFour. The presenters spent 24 consecutive hours in the car, sleeping in a car park in the 'Screaming Woods'. Pluckley was also featured on an episode of Sunday Night Project where Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr with their guest host Will Young investigated a mill in Pluckley and also stayed in a tent overnight in the 'Screaming Woods'.
One of Pluckley's more recent (and lesser known) claims to fame is that although it is very small it has two independent coffee producers located in the village - there is a small gourmet coffee roastery on Forge Hill (CoffeeBeanShop.co.uk), and a coffee and tea merchant at Pivington Mill (Kent Tea & Trading Company)
Ghost Hunters International recently did three investigations in Pluckley.
Sir Edward Dering, 1st Baronet is buried here. The Dering Manuscript the earliest extant manuscript text of any Shakespearean play,was discovered at Surrenden Manor, Pluckley, Kent. The manuscript provides a single-play version of both Part 1 and Part 2 of Henry IV. The consensus of Shakespeare scholars is that the Dering MS. represents a redaction prepared around 1613, perhaps for family or amateur theatrics, by Edward Dering (1598-1644), of Surrenden Manor, Pluckley, Kent.