KENT

including MEDWAY

 
 
The Faversham Area                                    Faversham                           www.faversham.org
Faversham is one of the mot charming and historic small towns in southern England, nestling between the rural beauty of the rolling Kent Downs and the sweeping flatlands of the north Kent marshes. The Faversham Area is a tempting destination for visitors. The town is a historic treasure trove of listed buildings, and has the added bonus of being encircled by some of the finest and most secluded countryside in southern England.
Directions: Signposted of J6 and J7 of the M2 Motorway in North Kent.
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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest           Goudhurst              www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury
Open 365 days a year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for walking, cycling, riding and playing in a spectacular world of trees.  The National Pinetum is a world-class collection of dramatic conifers.  The two thousand-acre Bedgebury Forest now offers miles of family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking and adventure play for all ages and abilities.  The new Visitor Centre has a cycle franchise, refreshments, showers and an education room. As a location for healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own.
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n the B2079, half a mile from the A21 between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings

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Note: For Chislehurst Caves please see Greater London

 
Bayham AbbeyLamberhurstAbbey
Bayham Abbey makes a fascinating day out on the Kent Sussex border. The impressive ruins include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse. Now set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London. Rooms in the 'Georgian Gothick' dower house are also open to visitors.

Bodiam Ferry CoNewendenBoat Trips
Riverboat trips between Newenden and Bodiam Castle on the river Rother. Rowing Boats for hire. Tea Garden.

ChartwellWesterhamHistoric House
Bought by Sir Winston Churchill for its magnificent views over the Weald of Kent, Chartwell was his home and the place from which he drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this great statesman. The hillside gardens reflect Churchill's love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, Lady Churchill's Rose Garden and the kitchen garden. Many of Churchill's paintings can be seen in the studio.

Conduit HouseCanterburyOther Building
The Conduit House is part of the monastic waterworks which supplied nearby St Augustine's Abbey.

Deal CastleDealCastle
For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast look no further than Deal Castle. Built by the order of King Henry VIII it is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and among the earliest and most elaborate of a chain of coastal forts, which also includes Calshot, Camber, Walmer and Pendennis Castles. Today you can explore the whole of the castle, from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. Take a walk around the defences and admire the squat, rounded bastions and canons.

Dover CastleDoverCastle
Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs on the Kent coastline this magnificent castle boasts a fascinating history. Step inside the Great Tower at Dover Castle and immerse yourself in the medieval world of King Henry II. Meet the colourful characters from the royal court and enjoy fun quests and events every day in August. Re-live the turbulent war years as you tour the Secret Wartime Tunnels situated deep beneath the cliffs and imagine what it was like to be stationed here during the worst days of the Second World War. Also take time to explore the atmospheric Medieval Tunnels, see one of Europe's best-preserved Roman lighthouses and walk the extensive battlements.

Down HouseDowneHistoric House
With its unique place in the history of science, Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, is one of the major visitor attractions in the South East. See the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', still as it was when he worked here, and stroll through the extensive gardens that so inspired the great scientist. Equally fascinating are the glimpses you get into the life of the Darwins in the family rooms. And there’s an exciting interactive multimedia tour, narrated by David Attenborough, to tell you more about how Darwin developed his ideas. For anyone with an interest in science and evolution, this is a fascinating family day out in Kent.

Dymchurch Martello TowerDymchurchMilitary Building
Fully restored and re-equipped with its cannon, this is one of 103 ingeniously-designed artillery towers, built from 1805 at vulnerable points around the south and east coasts to resist threatened Napoleonic invasion.

Emmetts GardenSevenoaksGarden
Charming Emmetts – an Edwardian estate owned by Frederick Lubbock – was a plantsman's passion and a much-loved family home. Influenced by William Robinson, the delightful garden was laid out in the late 19th century and contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. Explore the rose and rock gardens, take in the spectacular views and enjoy glorious shows of spring flowers and shrubs, followed by vibrant autumn colours.

Eynsford CastleEynsfordCastle
The substantial stone walls of a very early Norman 'enclosure castle', begun around 1085-7 and unusually little altered by later building works. This rare survival stands in an attractive village setting, not far from Lullingstone Roman Villa.

Faversham Stone ChapelFavershamChapel
The ruins of the small Anglo-Saxon and medieval chapel of Stone-next-Faversham - the only Christian building in England to incorporate within its fabric the remains of a 4th century Romano-British pagan mausoleum. It lay close to the probable site of the small Roman town of Durolevum and its Roman cemetery at Ospringe, finds from which can be seen at Maison Dieu.

Horne`s Place ChapelNr AppledoreChurch - Chapel
A rare survival of a fine domestic chapel, built for William Horne in 1366 and attached to his timber-framed manor house, which was attacked during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Ightham MoteIvy Hatch, SevenoaksHistoric House
Nestling in a sunken valley, Ightham Mote, dating from 1320 with important later additions and alterations, is a rare example of a moated medieval manor house. An exhibition depicts the largest conservation project undertaken by the Trust, which was completed in 2004. Ightham Mote has many special features, including a Great Hall, crypt, Tudor chapel with a hand-painted ceiling and the apartments of the American donor Charles Henry Robinson. An enchanting feature is the Grade I-listed dog kennel, situated in the picturesque courtyard. Ightham Mote also offers lovely gardens and water features, with lakeside and woodland walks.

Kit's Coty House and Little Kit's Coty HouseNr MaidstoneAncient Monument
The remains of two megalithic 'dolmen' burial chambers. Impressive Kit's Coty has three uprights and a massive capstone: Little Kit's Coty, alias the Countless Stones, is now a jumble of sarsens.

Knights Templar ChurchDoverChurch - Chapel
The foundations of a small medieval church, traditionally the site of King John's submission to the Papal Legate in 1213.

KnoleSevenoaksHouse & Park
Set at the heart of a timeless deer park, Knole has fascinating links with kings, queens and nobility, as well as literary connections with the novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Knole was the birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West, who went on to create the gardens at Sissinghurst. Thirteen magnificent state rooms are laid out much as they were in the 18th century to impress visitors with the wealth of the Sackville family, who still live at Knole today. The house includes world-renowned rare furniture, important paintings and the prototype of the famous Knole settee.

Lullingstone Roman VillaEynsfordRoman Remains
Among the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain, Lullingstone provides a unique all weather family day out. Set in the attractive surroundings of the Darent Valley in Kent, the villa was begun in about AD 100, and developed to suit the tastes and beliefs of successive wealthy owners, reaching its peak of luxury in the mid-4th century. Visitors to the villa today can still view the spectacular mosaics and rare wall paintings, a heated bath-suite and a ‘house-church’. A specially commissioned light show brings the villa to life, and galleries display Lullingstone’s fascinating collection of Roman artefacts. Kids will love trying on the Roman costumes and playing traditional board games from the period.

Maison DieuOspringeOther Building
Originating as a 13th-century wayside hospital, this flint and timber-framed building now displays Roman artefacts from nearby sites.

Milton ChantryGravesendHistoric Building
Mainly encased in brick but still retaining its 14th-century timber roof, this was in turn part of a hospital, a chantry chapel, a public house, and a Georgian barracks, before its basement became a Second World War gas decontamination chamber. The building is within Gravesham's Heritage Quarter and currently exhibits a fascinating insight into the borough's heritage.

Old Soar ManorPlaxtol, Borough GreenOther Building
Rare remaining structure of a late 13th-century knights dwelling, including solar chamber, barrel-vaulted undercroft, chapel and garderobe.

OwlettsGravesendHouse
An interesting red-brick Charles II house and garden, home of the architect Sir Herbert Baker.

Quebec House WesterhamHouse
This Grade I-listed gabled house in the beautiful village of Westerham has features of significant architectural and historical interest. Quebec House was the childhood home of General James Wolfe, and is full of family and military memorabilia. The coach house contains an exhibition about the 1759 Battle of Quebec.

Reculver Towers and Roman FortRecluverRoman Remains
An imposing landmark, the twin 12th-century towers of the ruined church stand amid the remains of an important Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort and a Saxon monastery. Richborough Roman Fort is within easy travelling distance.

Richborough Roman Fort and AmphitheatreNr SandwichRoman Remains
Evocatively sited amid the East Kent marshes, Richborough is perhaps the most symbolically important of all Roman sites in Britain, witnessing both the beginning and almost the end of Roman rule here. Explore the huge stone walls which mark the site of this Saxon Shore fortress and take a look at the fascinating museum. Catch a boat from Sandwich and reach the fort as the Romans would have done.

Rochester CastleRochester  Castle
Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Its mighty Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built c. 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the encouragement of Henry I. Consisting of three floors above a basement, it still stands 113 feet high. Attached is a tall protruding forebuilding, with its own set of defences to pass through before the keep itself could be entered at first floor level. In 1215, garrisoned by rebel barons, the castle endured an epic siege by King John.

Scotney Castle Garden & EstateLamberhurstCastle
Scotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the 'Picturesque' style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May/June with trees and shrubs providing autumnal colour. The estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland.

Sissinghurst Castle GardenSissinghurst, Nr CranbrookGarden
This internationally renowned garden was developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It comprises small enclosed compartments, with colour throughout the season, resulting in an intimate and romantic atmosphere (the garden is more peaceful after 4). The new vegetable garden, now fully productive, supplies fresh vegetables and fruit to the licensed restaurant. The surrounding Wealden landscape, along with the property's accompanying farm, were central to Vita and Harold's love and overall vision for Sissinghurst.

Smallhythe PlaceSmallhythe, TenterdenHistoric House
The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928, and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the working Barn Theatre.

South Foreland LighthouseDoverLighthouse
A distinctive, historic landmark with unrivalled views well worth the walk along the White Cliffs. The building has a fascinating tale to tell: a beacon of safety guiding ships past the infamous Goodwin Sands; the first lighthouse powered by electricity and the site of the first international radio transmission.

Sprivers GardenHorsmondenGarden
Small 18th-century-style formal garden with walled and hedged compartments, herbaceous borders, a rose garden and nearby woodland walk.

St Augustine`s AbbeyCanterburyCathedral - Abbey
This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church.The impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors. At the abbey, you can also enjoy the museum and free audio tour.

St Augustine`s CrossNr MinsterMonument
This 19th-century cross of Saxon design marks what is traditionally thought to have been the site of St Augustine's landing on the shores of England in AD 597. Accompanied by 30 followers, Augustine is said to have held a mass here before moving on.

St John`s CommanderyNr DensoleChapel
The flint-walled 13th-century chapel and hall of a 'Commandery' of Knights Hospitallers, later converted into a farmhouse. It has a remarkable medieval crown post roof and 16th-century ceilings with moulded beams.

St John’s JerusalemSutton-at-Hone, DartfordChurch - Chapel
This 13th-century chapel, surrounded by a tranquil moated garden, was part of the former Commandery of the Knights Hospitallers.

St Leonard`s TowerWest MallingTower
An early and well-preserved example of a small free-standing Norman tower keep, surviving almost to its original height. It was probably built c. 1080 by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester, and takes its name from a chapel of St Leonard which once stood nearby.

Stevenson Brothers Rocking HorsesBethersdenCraft Workshop
Makers and restorers of some of the finest wooden rocking horses available. Large showroom and works tours/talks welcome.

StoneacreOtham, MaidstoneHistoric House
15th-century half-timbered yeoman's house, featuring a great hall and surrounded by harmonious garden, orchard and meadows.

Sutton Valence CastleSutton ValenceCastle
The ruins of a small 12th-century Norman keep, with panoramic views over the Weald.

Temple ManorStroodManor
Part of a manor house of the Knights Templar, built in about 1240, with a fine first floor hall displaying traces of wall paintings.

Tonbridge CastleTonbridge  Castle
Norman motte & bailey Castle,13th Century Gatehouse. Inter-active displays, life size models, dramatic lighting, and personal audio tour re-create life in the Castle.

Upnor CastleUpnorCastle
Set in tranquil grounds adjoining a riverside village, this rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort was begun in 1559 and redeveloped in 1599-1601, to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Despite a brave attempt, it entirely failed to do so in 1667, when the Dutch sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor.

Walmer Castle and GardensWalmerCastle
Built during the reign of King Henry VIII and perched on the picturesque Kent coastline, Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. Originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years and enjoyed his time spent at the castle and in recent years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother made regular visits to the castle. The armchair in which Wellington died and an original pair of 'Wellington boots' along with some of the rooms used by the Queen Mother are among the highlights. And with the magnificent gardens, a woodland walk and some excellent bird spotting there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Western HeightsDoverFort
A huge fortification begun during the Napoleonic Wars and completed in the 1860s, designed to protect Dover from French invasion. Only the moat can be visited. Part of the White Cliffs Countryside Project.

White Cliffs of Dover, TheLangdon Cliffs, Nr DoverCoast
There can be no doubt that the White Cliffs of Dover are one of this country's most spectacular natural features. They are an official Icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries. Millions of people now wonder at them every year when crossing the English Channel. Thousands more now enjoy their special appeal through the seasons by taking one of the clifftop paths, offering views of the French coast and savouring the rare flora and fauna that can only be found across this chalk grassland.


 
Ashford Tourist Information CentreAshford
Aylesford PrioryAylesford
Barnsole VineyardStaple
Bearsted VineyardBearsted
Beaver Water WorldTatsfield, Nr Westerham 
Beech Court GardensChallock
Belmont House & GardensFaversham
Bewl WaterLamberhurst
Biddenden VineyardsBiddenden 
Boughton Monchelsea PlaceBoughton Monchelsea
Brands HatchFawkham
Bredgar & Wormshill RailwayBredgar
Brenzett Aeronautical MuseumBrenzett
Broadstairs Tourist Information CentreBroadstairs
Broadview GardensHadlow
Brogdale Horticultural TrustFaversham
C M Booth Collection of Historic VehiclesCranbrook
Canterbury Buffs Regimental MuseumCanterbury
Canterbury CathedralCanterbury 
Canterbury MuseumsCanterbury 
Canterbury PotteryCanterbury
Canterbury Roman MuseumCanterbury
Canterbury Royal Museum & Art GalleryCanterbury 
Canterbury TalesCanterbury
Canterbury Visitor Information CentreCanterbury
Canterbury West Gate TowersCanterbury
Capstone FarmGillingham
Chalybeate SpringTunbridge Wells
Chantry Heritage CentreGravesend
Chart Gunpowder MillsFaversham
Cheriton Tourist Information CentreFolkestone
Chiddingstone CastleEdenbridge
Christmas Tree FarmOrpington
City Sightseeing Ltd DoverDover
Cobham HallCobham
Crabble Corn MillDover 
Crampton Tower MuseumBroadstairs
Cranbrook MuseumCranbrook
Cranbrook Tourist Information CentreCranbrook
Cranbrook Union MillCranbrook
Crofton Roman VillaOrpington
David Salomons House at SalomonsTunbridge Wells
Deal Tourist Information CentreDeal
Dickens CentreRochester
Dickens Gads Hill PlaceHigham
Dickens House MuseumBroadstairs
DiggerlandStrood
Doddington Place GardensSittingbourne
Dolphin Sailing Barge MuseumSittingbourne
Dover Museum and Bronze Boat MuseumDover
Dover Roman Painted HouseDover
Dover Tourist Information CentreDover
Druidstone ParkCanterbury
Dungeness Power Stations' Visitor CentreDungeness
Eagle HeightsDartford 
East Kent RailwayShepherdswell
East Northdown Farm & GardenMargate 
Eastbridge HospitalCanterbury
Eden Valley MuseumEdenbridge
Elham Valley Railway MuseumFolkestone
Elham Valley VineyardsBarham
English WinesSmallhythe, Tenterden 
Evegate Craft and Business CentreSmeeth
Farm WorldBeckley, Rye
Farming WorldBoughton Under Blean, Faversham 
Faversham Tourist Information CentreFaversham
Finchcocks Living Museum of MusicGoudhurst
Fleur de Lis Heritage CentreFaversham
Folkestone Library Museum and Art GalleryFolkestone
Folkestone Tourist Information CentreFolkestone
Fort Amherst Heritage Park and CavernsChatham
Friars, TheMaidstone
Gateway to the White CliffsDover
Godinton House and GardensAshford
Goodnestone Park GardensCanterbury
Great Comp GardenSevenoaks
Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted ForestTunbridge Wells
Grove Ferry River Trips and Boat HireCanterbury
GuildhallSandwich
Guildhall MuseumRochester
Hall PlaceBexley
Harbourne VineyardAshford
Haysden Country ParkTonbridge 
Headcorn Art GalleryHeadcorn, Ashford
Herne Bay Museum & GalleryHerne Bay 
Herne WindmillHerne Bay 
Hever Castle & GardensHever, Edenbridge 
Higham Park House and GardensCanterbury
Historic DockyardChatham 
Hop Farm Country Park, ThePaddock Wood, Tonbridge 
Howletts Wild Animal ParkCanterbury
Hythe Tourist Information CentreHythe
Iden Croft HerbsStaplehurst, Tonbridge
Kent and East Sussex RailwayTenterden 
Kent Battle of Britain MuseumHawkinge, Folkestone   
Kent Police MuseumChatham
Kentish LadyMaidstone
Lamberhurst VineyardLamberhurst
Leas LiftFolkestone
Leeds CastleLeeds, nr Maidstone 
Leeds Castle Golf CourseLeeds, nr Maidstone 
London Party BoatsDartford 
Lullingstone Park Visitors CentreEynsford
Lydd (London Ashford) AirportLydd
Lydd Town MuseumLydd
M V Kentish Lady IIMaidstone
M W Amusement ParkDymchurch
Maidstone Millennium River ParkMaidstone
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art GalleryMaidstone
Maidstone Tourist Information CentreMaidstone
Margate CavesMargate 
Margate Old Town Hall MuseumMargate 
Margate Tourist Information CentreMargate 
Marle Place GardensBrenchley
Martello Tower No.3Folkestone
Merriments GardensEtchingham
Metropole GalleriesFolkestone
Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum Minster-on-Sea
Minster Museum Craft & Animal CentreRamsgate
Mount Ephraim GardensHernhill, Faversham 
Museum of Kent LifeMaidstone
National Fruit CollectionFaversham
Nepicar FarmWrotham Heath, Sevenoaks 
New Romney Tourist Information CentreNew Romney
North Foreland LighthouseBroadstairs
Oare Gunpowder WorksFaversham
Old Bayham AbbeyLamberhurst
Old Brook Pumping StationChatham
Old Lighthouse DungenessDungeness
Old Town Hall Local History MuseumMargate 
Owl House GardensTunbridge Wells
Paddle Steamer Kingswear CastleChatham
Pembroke Lodge Museum Birchington
Penshurst PlacePenshurst, Tonbridge   
Pines Garden, TheDover
Planet LazerCanterbury
Port Lympne Wild Animal ParkHythe
Powell-Cotton Museum, TheBirchington
Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and the Queen's Regiment MuseumDover
Ramsgate Maritime MuseumRamsgate
Ramsgate Museum & Library GalleryRamsgate 
Ramsgate Tourist Information CentreRamsgate 
Rare Breeds CentreAshford
RatsburyTenterden
Restoration HouseRochester 
Richborough CastleRichborough, Sandwich
Riverside Country ParkGillingham
Rochester AirportChatham
Rochester CathedralRochester 
Rochester Tourist Information CentreRochester 
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch RailwayNew Romney
Royal Engineers MuseumGillingham
Sedlescombe VineyardSedlescombe
Sevenoaks Tourist Information CentreSevenoaks
Sevenoaks Wildfowl ReserveSevenoaks
Sheerness Heritage Centre Sheerness
Shell Grotto, TheMargate 
Shepherd Neame Brewery ToursFaversham
Shoreham Aircraft MuseumShoreham, Sevenoaks
Shorne Wood Country ParkGravesend
Sittingbourne Heritage MuseumSittingbourne
Sittingbournes Steam RailwaySittingbourne
Snappys Childrens Indoor Adventure Play CentreWhitstable 
South of England Rare Breeds CentreWoodford,  Ashford 
Spa Valley Railway, TheTunbridge Wells
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Building MuseumRamsgate 
Squerryes Court Manor HouseWesterham 
St Margarets MuseumSt Margarets Bay, Dover 
Stelling Minnis WindmillStelling Minnis
Stocks MillWittersham
Stone ChapelFaversham
Stour Valley Arts Sculpture WalkChallock
Swanton MillMersham
Sweetwoods Park Golf ClubEdenbridge
Tenterden & District MuseumTenterden
Tenterden Tourist Information CentreTenterden
Tenterden VineyardTenterden
Trinity TheatreTunbridge Wells
Trosley Country ParkVigo Village
Troys HillWesterham
Tudor Yeoman's HouseCobham
Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information CentreTunbridge Wells
Tyland Barn - Kents Wildlife Conservation CentreSandling
Whitstable Museum & GalleryWhitstable 
WildwoodHerne Bay 
Willesborough WindmillAshford
Wingham Wildlife ParkWingham, Canterbury
Woodchurch Village Life MuseumWoodchurch
Woodchurch WindmillWoodchurch
Yaldham ManorWrotham
Yalding Organic GardensMaidstone

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