Kent Attractions

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Scale: Dartford to Dover is about 60 miles and Sheerness to New Romney is about 52 miles.

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Attraction 1 - Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP. Tel: 01732 462100. One of England's greatest show houses. nationaltrust.org.uk.
Attraction 2 - Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH. Tel: 01227 762862. canterbury-cathedral.org
Attraction 3 - Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Old Surgery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ. Tel: 01634 823800. chdt.org.uk.
Attraction 4 - Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent TN28 8PA. rhdr.org.uk
Attraction 5 - Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG. Tel: 01474 872331. motorsportvision.co.uk.
Attraction 5 - Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865224. hever-castle.co.uk.

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Visitor attractions and information - Ashford

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Attractions Rare Breeds Centre, Canterbury Oast Trust, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford TN26 3RJ. Tel: 01233 861493. Set in over 120 acres of beautiful countryside, no other attraction offers so much to see and do as the Rare breeds Centre - whatever the weather! Come and join in our 'meet the animals ' sessions in the children's barn. Indoor assault course. About 5 miles south of Ashford.

Rare Breeds Centre

Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd,

Attractions Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd, Lympne, Nr. Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD. Tel: 0870 750 4647. Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks is devoted to saving rare and endangered animals, returning them to protected areas in the wild. As a charity we rely on the support of the general public to help fund our work. For those interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery. www.portlympne.co.uk. About 7 miles south east of Ashford.

Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd,

Godinton House and Gardens

Attractions Godinton House and Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP. Tel: 01233 620 773. Godinton House and Gardens set in extensive parkland are a joy to discover. Visitors are taken in small groups on a guided tour of the house and are free to explore the gardens at will. Plenty of space to picnic. www.godinton-house-gardens.co.uk. About 1 mile west of Ashford.

Godinton House and Gardens

Chilham Park, Canterbury

Attractions Chilham Park, Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DB. Tel: 01227 730811. This cross-country course is set in the grounds of Chilham Castle, in over 300 acres of traditional parkland. Chilham Castle is a 12th century Norman keep and a manor house built in 1616. www.chilhampark.com. About 8 miles north of Ashford.

Chilham Park, Canterbury

Attractions Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Tel: +44 (0) 1622 765400. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is situated in the middle of a lake within 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Attractions include the Mediterranean Lady Baille garden, an aviary housing rare and exotic birds, the Hawking Centre; a yew maze, Knights Realm adventure playground and toddlers play area. About 12 miles NW of Ashford.

Leeds Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Bexley

 Hall Place & Gardens

Attractions Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley; DA5 1PQ. Tel: 01322 526574. Hall Place has been standing for nearly 500 years astride the border between Kent and London. Built in 1537. Managed by Bexley Heritage Trust. It is open to the public throughout the year. Gardens open until sunset. www.hallplace.com. About 1 mile north east of Bexley.

 Hall Place & Gardens

Attractions Crayford Greyhound Track, Stadium Way, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4HR. Tel: 01322 557836. Comfort and luxury with the fast action and excitement of top greyhound racing. Crayford has been a home to greyhound racing for over 60 years. A 216 seated restaurant, exclusive Club Suite, 2 bars, fast food outlet. www.crayford.com. About 3 miles east of Bexley.

Crayford Greyhound Track

Attractions Eltham Palace, Court Yard, London, SE9 5QE. Tel: 020 8294 2548. Henry VIII grew up here. In 1933 the palace was bought by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who restored the Great Hall and built their adjoining Art Deco home. Please check the main English Heritage website for the latest information on opening times at Eltham Palace. www.english-heritage.org.uk. www.elthampalace.org.uk. About 4 miles west of Bexley.

Eltham Palace

St John's Jerusalem

Attractions St John's Jerusalem, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent DA4 9HQ. Tel: 01732 810378. Tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel. Tranquil gardens moated by the River Darent. Thirteenth-century chapel. Occupied as a private residence. Access is to the chapel and garden only. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles east of Bexley.

St John's Jerusalem

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Visitor attractions and information - Borough Green

Attractions Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, Borough Green, Kent TN15 0QX. Tel: 01732 810378. Remains of a late 13th-century knight's dwelling. Interesting timbered spiral staircase, 'solar' living area and chapel. Exhibition on manor and local surroundings. National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 2 miles south of Borough Green.

Old Soar Manor

Knole

Attractions Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP. Tel: 01732 462100. One of England's greatest show houses, set in a magnificent deer park. Rare collection of Royal Stuart furniture. Important portraits by Van Dyke, Gainsborough and Reynolds. Please do not feed the deer. Light of all kinds is carefully controlled. National Trust. Charges apply..www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles west of Borough Green.

Knole

Attractions Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT. Tel: 01732 810378. Superb 14th-century moated manor house. See the results of the Trust's largest ever conservation project. Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling. Grade I listed dog kennel. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles south of Borough Green.

Ightham Mote

Attractions St Leonard's Tower, Nr West Malling, on unclassified road W of A228. 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. English Heritage. www.english-heritage.org.uk. About 4 miles east of Borough Green.

St Leonard's Tower

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Visitor attractions and information - Broadstairs

Attractions Bleak House, Broadstairs. Bleak House, formerley Fort House, standing on the hill overlooking The North Foreland and Viking Bay in Broadstairs, is the house where it is thought Charles Dickens used to write when he was in residence. Now open to the public as a memorial to the author. Location: In the centre of Broadstairs.

Bleak House

Attractions Dickens House Museum, 2 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1QS. Tel: 01843 861232. The Dickens House Museum is on the main sea-front at Broadstairs. This lovely old house has been adapted as a museum to commemorate the novelist's association with Broadstairs. Some of the author's own letters and memorabilia are on display. www.dickenshouse.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Broadstairs.

Dickens House Museum

Attractions Minster Rural Life Museum, Bedlam Court Lane, Minster, Ramsgate CT12 4HQ. Tel: 01843 822312. The Museum provides a wide range of activities for the whole family and some of the buildings, which are situated in the grounds of Minster Abbey, are believed to date back as far as the 8th Century. www.minstermuseum.org.uk. About 4 miles west of Broadstairs.

Minster Rural Life Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - Bromley

Attractions Eltham Palace, Court Yard, London, SE9 5QE. Tel: 020 8294 2548. Henry VIII grew up here. In 1933 the palace was bought by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who restored the Great Hall and built their adjoining Art Deco home. Please check the main English Heritage website for the latest information on opening times at Eltham Palace. www.elthampalace.org.uk. www.english-heritage.org.uk. About 4 miles north of Bromley.

Eltham Palace

Attractions Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent - BR6 7JT. It was at Down House that Charles Darwin worked on his scientific theories, and wrote On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. English Heritage has recently restored the gardens to their appearance in Darwin's time. www.english-heritage.org.uk. About 5 miles south of Bromley.

Home of Charles Darwin

Attractions National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 020 8858 4422. Admission to the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House is free. Donations from satisfied visitors help us to improve our displays and services. Charges apply to some special events and exhibitions within the Museum, Royal Observatory and the Queen's House. www.nmm.ac.uk. About 6 miles north of Bromley.

National Maritime Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - Canterbury

Attractions Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH. Tel: +44 (0) 1227 762862. Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. www.canterbury-cathedral.org. Location: In the centre of Canterbury.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Audio Tours

Other information Canterbury - Other information - Canterbury Audio Tours. Explore the best Canterbury has to offer with a fascinating and insightful audio tour of one of England’s most famous and historic cities. With 20 stops and landmarks coupled with discounts for featured attractions and eateries, no other tour boasts as many of Canterbury's sites of interests or covers as much ground. With the flexibility to choose your destinations, stop for lunch or repeat the audio. It really is a case of your trip, your interests, your own tailor made tour.

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19 Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HG. Tel: 01227 767543

Attractions Howletts Zoo, Bekesbourne, Canterbury, Kent. Tel: 0870 7504647. Well organised zoo with tigers, gorillas, lemurs and more. Large breeding colony of western lowland gorillas in captivity. About 3 miles east of Canterbury.

Howletts Zoo

Attractions Chilham Park, Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DB. Tel: 01227 730811. This cross-country course is set in the grounds of Chilham Castle, in over 300 acres of traditional parkland. Chilham Castle is a 12th century Norman keep and a manor house built in 1616. www.chilhampark.com. About 6 miles south west of Canterbury.

Chilham Park

Attractions Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill Nr Faversham Kent ME13 9TX. Tel: 01227 751496. Mount Ephraim Gardens are in an 800 acre estate incorporating the house, gardens, progressive fruit farm and grazing. The splendid late Victorian mansion and gardens have magnificent views over the parkland and the Swale and Thames estuary. Ideal for weddings and receptions. Difficult for the disabled to gain access to some areas. www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk. About 4 miles west of Canterbury.

Mount Ephraim Gardens

 Wildwood Trust

Attractions Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ. Tel:0871 7820081. Kent's Unique Woodland Discovery Park between Canterbury & Herne Bay. From owls to otters, badgers to beavers, and wild boar to wolves, experience close encounters with native wildlife in an environment that is close to nature. www.wildwoodtrust.org. About 4 miles north of Canterbury.
 Wildwood Trust

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Visitor attractions and information - Chatham

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Attractions Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Old Surgery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ. Tel: 01634 823800. 400 years of Britain's maritime history. An 80-acre estate with stunning historic architecture, historic ships and museum galleries. The Dockyard is also home to RNXS Museum, Police Museum and the Kingswear Paddle Steamer to cruise the River Medway. www.chdt.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Chatham.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Attractions Rochester Castle, Rochester, ME1 1SW. Tel: 01634 402276. Rochester Castle is a fine example of Norman architecture. The keep is 113 feet high and some of the walls are 12 feet thick. English Heritage. Charges apply. www.english-heritage.org.uk. About 1 mile west of Chatham.

Rochester Castle
Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre Eastgate House

Attractions Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester ME1 1EW. Tel: 01634 844176. Rochester, and the surrounding countryside, is where Charles Dickens spent many happy years. Eastgate House is a delightful Elizabethan house. Ordnance Terrace is a row of Georgian houses where Charles Dickens lived at what is now No. 11. Location: On the outskirts of Chatham.

Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre Eastgate House

Attractions Rochester Cathedral, The Chapter Office, Garth House, The Precinct, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SX. Tel. 01634 843366. Admission is free to individuals, but donations are vital to the maintenance of this magnificent working cathedral. There is, however, a charge for group visits. Rochester Cathedral Shop & Tea-rooms. www.rochestercathedral.org. About 1 mile west of Chatham.

Rochester Cathedral

Attractions GILLINGHAM MARINA,173 PIER ROAD, GILLINGHAM, KENT, ME7 1UB. Tel: 01634 280022. Gillingham Marina, set on the River Medway, has built up a fine reputation for its superb facilities. www.gillingham-marina.co.uk. About 3 miles east of Chatham.
GILLINGHAM MARINA

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Visitor attractions and information - Cranbrook

Attractions Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA. Tel: 01580 830436. Late medieval moated castle. Sussex Family Attraction of the Year. One of Britain's most famous and evocative castles. National Trust. Charges apply. About 7 miles south of Cranbrook.

Bodiam Castle

Attractions Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited, TENTERDEN TOWN STATION, TENTERDEN, KENT, TN30 6HE. Our all day hop-on, hop-off Rover fares allow unlimited travel along the full 10.5 miles (16.8 km) of the railway. You can stop off to explore at any station - to visit Bodiam Castle for example, or to look over the loco yard at Rolvenden. www.kesr.org.uk. Location: About 5 miles east of Cranbrook.

Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited

Attractions C.M. Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles, Falstaff Antiques, 63-67 High Street, Rolvenden, Kent. TN17 4LP. Tel: 01580 241234. a unique collection of Morgan 3 wheel cars, 10 normally on display, dating from 1913-1935. Humber Tri-car of 1904, a 1929 Morris van, Motorcycles and more. About 4 miles east of Cranbrook.

C.M. Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Attractions Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB. Tel: 01580 710700. Celebrated gardens designed by writer Vita Sackville-West. Intimate setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles north east of Cranbrook.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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Visitor attractions and information - Crawley
Ashdown Forest Llama Park

Attractions Ashdown Forest Llama Park, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JN. Tel: 01825 712040. You can now take a llama for a relaxing walk in private grounds set in the beautiful Ashdown Forest. Llamas are naturally intelligent and inquisitive and love to go for walk. Sorry, no dogs (except Guide Dogs) are allowed in the Park or Visitor Centre. www.llamapark.co.uk. About 8 miles east of Crawley.

Ashdown Forest Llama Park

Attractions The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL. Tel: 01825 720825. One of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex. Stations at East Grinstead (a special bus runs from East Grinstead to Kingscote Station), Kingscote, Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park Station (East of Haywards Heath), the headquarters and home to the small exhibits Museum, model railway, restaurant and real ale bar, The Bessemer Arms. No public car parking at Kingscote.www.bluebell-railway.co.uk. About 5 miles east of Crawley.

 The Bluebell Railway

Wakehurst Place

Attractions Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN. Tel: 01444 894000. Kew's 'country garden', with plants from across the world. 500 acres of walled and water gardens. National Trust. Charges apply. About 4 miles south east of Crawley.

Wakehurst Place

Attractions Nymans Garden, Handcross, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6EB. Tel: 01444 400321 (General enquiries & wheelchair booking). Great Sussex Weald garden with historic collection of plants. Set amidst the romantic ruins of a Gothic mansion. National Trust. Charges apply. About 3 miles south of Crawley.

Nymans Garden

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Visitor attractions and information - Dartford

Hall Place & Gardens

Attractions Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley; DA5 1PQ. Tel: 01322 526574. Hall Place has been standing for nearly 500 years astride the border between Kent and London. Built in 1537. Managed by Bexley Heritage Trust. It is open to the public throughout the year. Gardens open until sunset. ww.hallplace.com. About 2 miles west of Dartford.

Hall Place & Gardens

Attractions Crayford Greyhound Track, Stadium Way, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4HR. Tel: 01322 557836. Comfort and luxury with the fast action and excitement of top greyhound racing. Crayford has been a home to greyhound racing for over 60 years. A 216 seated restaurant, exclusive Club Suite, 2 bars, fast food outlet. www.crayford.com. About 2 miles west of Dartford.

Crayford Greyhound Track

St John's JerusalemAttractions St John's Jerusalem, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent DA4 9HQ. Tel: 01732 810378. Tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel, moated by the River Darent. Thirteenth-century chapel. Occupied as a private residence. Access is to the chapel and garden only. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo ©National Trust). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles south of Dartford.

St John's Jerusalem

Attractions Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG. Tel: 01474 872331. Driving experiences available. Son or daughter aged 13 or more? What better than a YoungDrive! session for the excitement and safety of learning to drive off the public road - and at a famous race track! www.motorsportvision.co.uk. About 7 miles south of Dartford.

Brands Hatch Circuit

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Visitor attractions and information - Deal

Deal CastleAttractions Deal Castle, Kent, CT41 7BA. Tel: 01304 372762. Deal Castle is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. Toilets - No wheelchair access. Gatehouse, courtyard and ground floor accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Shop. English Heritage. Charges apply. (Photo (c) English Heritage). www.english-heritage.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Deal.

Deal Castle

Attractions Dover Museum, Market Square, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PB. Tel. 01304 201066. The history and archaeology of Dover. Other items range from Christmas cards to a model of a 74 gun ship made of bleached white bone. Situated in the centre of Dover, in the Market Square. Location: In the centre of Deal.

Dover Museum

Attractions Walmer Castle and Gardens, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ. Tel: 01304 364288. The Duke of Wellington used the castle frequently during his 23 years as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and the room - and his yellow chintz armchair in which he died on 14 September 1852 - are still as they were. Walmer Castle has evolved over time into a country residence resembling a miniature stately home. Tea Rooms. Tea Rooms. English Heritage. Charges apply. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Deal.

historic Monument

St. Margaret’s Bay

Attractions St. Margaret’s Bay, Beach Road, St. Margaret’s Bay, Nr. Dover, Kent CT15 6DZ. Tel: 01304 851737. St. Margaret’s Bay offers visitors the beautiful Pines Garden, the fascinating St. Margaret’s Museum and the Noel Coward era Tearoom where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea and home-made cakes. Browse through the Gift Shop, wander down to the beach or stroll up to the magnificent cliff top. www.baytrust.org.uk. About 6 miles south of Deal.

St. Margaret’s Bay

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Visitor attractions and information - Dover

Dover CastleAttractions Dover Castle, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU. Tel: 01304 211067. Deep beneath Dover Castle lies an extensive network of tunnels - first dug during the Napoleonic Wars, but used right through the 20th century. Toilets: Adapted WCs available. Wheelchair routes around castle and grounds. Wheelchair access to Secret Wartime Tunnels. English Heritage. Charges apply. (Photo (c) English Heritage). www.english-heritage.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Dover.

Dover Castle

St. Margaret’s Bay

Attractions St. Margaret’s Bay, Beach Road, St. Margaret’s Bay, Nr. Dover, Kent CT15 6DZ. Tel: 01304 851737. St. Margaret’s Bay offers visitors the beautiful Pines Garden, the fascinating St. Margaret’s Museum and the Noel Coward era Tearoom where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea and home-made cakes. Browse through the Gift Shop, wander down to the beach or stroll up to the magnificent cliff top. www.baytrust.org.uk. About 5 miles north east of Dover.

St. Margaret’s Bay

Attractions DOVER MUSEUM & the Bronze Age Boat Gallery, Market Square, Dover, Kent, CT16 1PB. 201066. Dover's rich and important history from Roman times up to 1990. Bronze Age displays, Roman glass, the history of Dover Castle. Home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat. Location: In the centre of Dover.

DOVER MUSEUM & the Bronze Age Boat Gallery
Dover Roman Painted House Trust

Attractions Dover Roman Painted House Trust, New Street, Dover, Kent. Tel: 01304 203279. The Dover Roman Painted House is now a major tourist attracting over 500,000 visitors. It is open for 200 days each year. Gift shop for booklets and souvenirs, toilets and free parking. Location: In the centre of Dover.

Dover Roman Painted House Trust

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Visitor attractions and information - East Malling

Attractions Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, Borough Green, Kent TN15 0QX. Tel: 01732 810378. Remains of a late 13th-century knight's dwelling. Interesting timbered spiral staircase, 'solar' living area and chapel. Exhibition on manor and local surroundings. National Trust. (Photo ©National Trust). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles southwest of East Malling.

Old Soar Manor

Attractions Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT. Tel: 01732 810378. Superb 14th-century moated manor house. See the results of the Trust's largest ever conservation project. Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling. Grade I listed dog kennel. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Andrew Butler). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 7 miles south west of East Malling.

Ightham Mote

Attractions St Leonard's Tower, Nr West Malling, on unclassified road W of A228. 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. English Heritage. (Photo (c) English Heritage Photo Library). www.english-heritage.org.uk. About 2 miles west of East Malling.

St Leonard's Tower

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Visitor attractions and information - Edenbridge

Attractions Chartwell. Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS. Tel: 01732 868381. Family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Unrivalled collection of Churchill paintings, photographs and memorabilia. Beautiful rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchills. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles north of Edenbridge.

Chartwell

Attractions Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6AY. Tel: 01732 750367. Interesting hillside garden with year-round features. Charming informal garden. Featured in the 1985 film, 'Room with a View'. Great views from the dramatic hilltop location, with the highest tree top in Kent. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 4 miles north of Edenbridge.

Emmetts Garden

Attractions Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY. Telephone: 01892 537715. Tunbridge Wells is the location of the railway's headquarters. Groombridge current limit for passenger trains, although the line exists all the way to Eridge. Location: Groombridge is about 8 miles south east of Edenbridge.

Spa Valley Railway

Attractions Pooh Corner Ltd, High Street, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AE. Tel: 01892 770456. The Pooh Corner shop, in the High Street of Hartfield village, dates from around the 1690's. The shop is home to the world's largest selection of Winnie-the-Pooh products. It is situated in the village where the famous stories were written by A.A.Milne in the 1920's. www.pooh-country.co.uk. About 7 miles south of Edenbridge.

 Pooh Corner Ltd

Attractions Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD. Tel: 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle, a museum within a squire’s home, is open for the nation to enjoy - for visiting, educational visits, as a wedding and conference venue, and is licensed for civil partnerships. Check website for opening dates. www.chiddingstone-castle.org.uk. About 4 miles east of Edenbridge.

Chiddingstone Castle

Hever Castle & Gardens

Attractions Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865224. Come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens, laid out between 1904 and 1908. Also Adventure Playground, Yew Maze, Water Maze and more. www.hever-castle.co.uk. About 3 miles east of Edenbridge.

Hever Castle & Gardens

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Visitor attractions and information - Faversham

Attractions Shepherd Neame Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7AX. Tel: 01795 532206. Shepherd Neame brewery was founded in 1698. They own around 350 public houses mainly in the south east of England. Brewery Tour availabe. Online Brewery Shop. www.shepherd-neame.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Faversham.
 Shepherd Neame Brewery

Attractions Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Preston Street, Faversham. Housed in three adjoining grade II listed buildings. The Museum collections cover the town of Faversham and the surrounding rural area. Bookshop. Cards, Souvenirs, Gifts. Location: In the centre of Faversham.
Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre

Attractions Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH. Tel: +44 (0) 1227 762862. Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. www.canterbury-cathedral.org. Location: About 7 miles east of Faversham, in the centre of Canterbury.

Canterbury Cathedral

Attractions Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill Nr Faversham Kent ME13 9TX. Tel: 01227 751496. Mount Ephraim Gardens are in an 800 acre estate incorporating the house, gardens, progressive fruit farm and grazing. The splendid late Victorian mansion and gardens have magnificent views over the parkland and the Swale and Thames estuary. Ideal for weddings and receptions. Difficult for the disabled to gain access to some areas. www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk. About 3 miles east of Faversham.

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Attractions Sittingbourne Greyhounds, Central Park Stadium, Church Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3SB. Built in 1995 Central Park Stadium occupies a 24 acre site in the Eurolink business development. Car park for up to 1000 cars and is easy to reach from the M20 and less than 10 minutes from the M2 and A249. Sittingbourne town centre and railway station are just a short taxi ride away. Wheelchair access and facilities for the disabled. Restaurant, bars and fast food. www.sittingbournegreyhounds.co.uk. Location: About 6 miles west of Faversham.

Sittingbourne Greyhounds

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Visitor attractions and information - Folkestone

Attractions Folkestone Museum, Folkestone Library, 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone, CT20 1HD. Tel: 01303 256710. The history of the region. Exhibits depict life in the area for as long as records exist. Paid parking nearby, Small gift shop, Restaurant nearby in building (ground floor), Wheelchair access, Toilets (incl. facilities for the disabled). Location: In the centre of Folkestone.

Folkestone Museum

Attractions Eurotunnel Exhibition Centre, High Street, Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent. Explains the construction of the Eurotunnel beneath the English Channel. Location: In the centre of Folkestone.
Eurotunnel Exhibition Centre

Attractions KENT BATTLE OF BRITAIN MUSEUM, Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Nr. Folkestone, Kent CT18 7AG. Tel: 01303 893140. Most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country. Aircraft, Vehicles, Weapons. Beverages and Snacks, Shop. Free Parking. www.kbobm.org. About 2 miles north of Folkestone.

KENT BATTLE OF BRITAIN MUSEUM

Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd,

Attractions Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd, Lympne, Nr. Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD. Tel: 0870 750 4647. Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks is devoted to saving rare and endangered animals, returning them to protected areas in the wild. As a charity we rely on the support of the general public to help fund our work. For those interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery. www.portlympne.co.uk. About 7 miles west of Folkestone.

Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd,

Attractions Folkestone Racecourse, Stone Street, Westenhanger, Nr Hythe, Kent CT21 4HX. Tel: 01303 266 407. Folkestone holds over twenty days of racing a year. Some meetings are on the Flat and some National Hunt. www.folkestone-racecourse.co.uk. About 4 miles west of Folkestone.

 Folkestone Racecourse

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Visitor attractions and information - Gillingham

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Attractions Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Old Surgery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ. Tel: 01634 823800. 400 years of Britain's maritime history. An 80-acre estate with stunning historic architecture, historic ships and museum galleries. The Dockyard is also home to RNXS Museum, Police Museum and the Kingswear Paddle Steamer to cruise the River Medway. www.chdt.org.uk. About 2 miles west of Gillingham.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Rochester CastleAttractions Rochester Castle, Rochester, ME1 1SW. Tel: 01634 402276. Rochester Castle is a fine example of Norman architecture. The keep is 113 feet high and some of the walls are 12 feet thick. English Heritage. Charges apply. (Photo View of keep from castle grounds (c) English Heritage). www.english-heritage.org.uk. Location: About 4 miles west of Gillingham.

Rochester Castle

Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre

Attractions Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester ME1 1EW. Tel: 01634 844176. Rochester, and the surrounding countryside, is where Charles Dickens spent many happy years. Eastgate House is a delightful Elizabethan house. Ordnance Terrace is a row of Georgian houses where Charles Dickens lived at what is now No. 11. Location: About 4 miles west of Gillingham.
Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre

Attractions Rochester Cathedral, The Chapter Office, Garth House, The Precinct, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SX. Tel. 01634 843366. Admission is free to individuals, but donations are vital to the maintenance of this magnificent working cathedral. There is, however, a charge for group visits. Rochester Cathedral Shop & Tea-rooms. www.rochestercathedral.org. Location: About 4 miles west of Gillingham.

Rochester Cathedral

Attractions GILLINGHAM MARINA, 173 PIER ROAD, GILLINGHAM, KENT, ME7 1UB. Tel: 01634 280022. Gillingham Marina, set on the River Medway, has built up a fine reputation for its superb facilities. www.gillingham-marina.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Gillingham.

GILLINGHAM MARINA

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Visitor attractions and information - Gravesend

St John's Jerusalem

St John's JerusalemAttractions St John's Jerusalem, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent DA4 9HQ. Tel: 01732 810378. Tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel
Tranquil gardens moated by the River Darent. Thirteenth-century chapel. Occupied as a private residence. Access is to the chapel and garden only. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo ©National Trust). www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
About 5 miles west of Gravesend.

St John's Jerusalem

Attractions Gravesend Custom House Museum, The Terrace, Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BW. Tel: 01474 337600. Gravesend’s positioning along the Thames gave need for the Custom House. It now displays a wide variety of seized goods and historical items. Some of these date back to when Edward III. Location: In the centre of Gravesend.

Gravesend Custom House Museum

Attractions Owletts, The Street, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent DA12 3AP. Tel: 01372 453401. Modest red-brick Charles II house. Fine Charles II KentishYeoman's family home. Former home of famous architect Sir Herbert Baker, who designed many important buildings in South Africa, India and London. Owletts is occupied as a family home and is administered and maintained on the Trust's behalf by a descendant of the donor. No WC. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles south of Gravesend.

Owletts

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Visitor attractions and information - Herne Bay

Herne Bay Museum & Gallery

Attractions Herne Bay Museum & Gallery, 12 William Street, Herne Bay. Tel: + 44 (0)1227 367 368. The history of the Victorian seaside resort of Herne Bay and its surrounding area, attractions, the town's piers and the development of the town as a resort. Also see a prototype of the Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb from the Second World War. Location: In the centre of Herne Bay.

Herne Bay Museum & Gallery

Attractions Canterbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH. Tel: +44 (0) 1227 762862. Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. www.canterbury-cathedral.org. About 7 miles south of Herne Bay.

Canterbury Cathedral

Wildwood Trust

Attractions Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ. Tel:0871 7820081. Kent's Unique Woodland Discovery Park between Canterbury & Herne Bay. From owls to otters, badgers to beavers, and wild boar to wolves, experience close encounters with native wildlife in an environment that is close to nature. www.wildwoodtrust.org. About 2 miles south of Herne Bay.
Wildwood Trust

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Visitor attractions and information - Hythe

Attractions KENT BATTLE OF BRITAIN MUSEUM, Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge, Nr. Folkestone, Kent CT18 7AG. Tel: 01303 893140. Most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country. Aircraft, Vehicles, Weapons. Beverages and Snacks, Shop. Free Parking. www.kbobm.org. About 5 miles north east of Hythe.

KENT BATTLE OF BRITAIN MUSEUM

Attractions Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, New Romney Station, New Romney, Kent TN28 8PA. A 15-inch gauge working railway with a fine fleet of one-third scale steam and diesel locomotives. www.rhdr.org.uk. On the outskirts of Hythe.

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd,

Attractions Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd, Lympne, Nr. Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD. Tel: 0870 750 4647. Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks is devoted to saving rare and endangered animals, returning them to protected areas in the wild. As a charity we rely on the support of the general public to help fund our work. For those interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery. www.portlympne.co.uk. About 3 miles west of Hythe.
Howletts and Port Lympne Estates Ltd,

Attractions Eurotunnel Exhibition Centre, High Street, Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent. Explains the construction of the Eurotunnel beneath the English Channel. About 2 miles east of Hythe.
Eurotunnel Exhibition Centre

Attractions Dymchurch Martello Tower, Dymchurch, Kent, TN29 0TJ. Tel: 01304 211067. Fully restored and re-equipped with its cannon, this is one of 103 ingeniously-designed artillery towers, built at vulnerable points around the south and east coasts to resist threatened Napoleonic invasion. About 5 miles south west of Hythe.

Dymchurch Martello Tower

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Visitor attractions and information - Isle of Sheppey

Attractions Minster Abbey, Minster, Isle of Sheppey. There is evidence of people living in Minster as far back as Roman Times. The abbey has been at the centre of Isle of Sheppey since 644 A.D. Isle of Sheppey.

Minster Abbey

Attractions Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, Marine Parade, Sheerness, Kent ME12 2BE. Tel: 01795 663052. The Isle Of Sheppey in Kent is a superb sailing environment, boasting some of the finest sailing waters. The sailing club is situated at Sheerness. Racing from April to November. Easy and free car parking. Very reasonable membership fees. www.iossc.org.uk. Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey.

 Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club

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Visitor attractions and information - Maidstone

Attractions Maidstone Carriage Museum, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE. Tel: 01622 602838. A unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles, with more than 60 vehicles on display. Queen Victoria’s State Landau is an example. The Museum closes for the winter. Please phone for dates. Location: In the centre of Maidstone.

Maidstone Carriage Museum

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Attractions Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, St.Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH. Tel: 01622 602838. Maidstone Museum was established in 1858 and now houses over 660,000 artifacts and specimens. An excellently well equipped, well presented and exciting museum. Children catered for. Location: In the centre of Maidstone.

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Attractions Stoneacre, Otham, Maidstone, Kent ME15 8RS. Tel: 01622 862157. Half-timbered yeoman's house. Dates from late 15th century. House features great hall and crownpost. Occupied as a private residence, administered and maintained on the Trust's behalf by a tenant. Not suitable for coaches. No WC. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles east of Maidstone.

Stoneacre

Attractions Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Tel: +44 (0) 1622 765400. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is situated in the middle of a lake within 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Attractions include the Mediterranean Lady Baille garden, an aviary housing rare and exotic birds, the Hawking Centre; a yew maze, Knights Realm adventure playground and toddlers play area. About 3 miles east of Maidstone.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle Hotel + Ticket Packages available

Attractions Welcome to the The Hook & Hatchet. We are situated high up on the North Downs in the hamlet of Hucking, an area of outstanding natural beauty. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food. We have taken time to source local produce to ensure that we provide you with a truly fantastic meal. We have a wide ranged menu including a variety of fresh fish, vegetarian specials and the best Sunday Lunch in Kent! About 4 miles east of Maidstone, close to Leeds Castle, close to the Hucking Estate (Below). We are very isolated and are situated next door to the Woodland Trust property known as the Hucking Estate. This is 560 acres of beautiful English countryside open to the public free, every day of the year, from 11am to dusk. Walks are signposted from the pub and range from 1 hour to all day in duration. Maps and car parking are available free of charge. You should not have to pay for access to the countryside. Telephone: 01622 880830

Hook and Hatchet Inn

Attractions The Woodland Trust was able to purchase Hucking Estate in 1997 through generous funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1.1 million and through donations to the local appeal. The site contains numbers sites of archaeological interest including an ancient Drove Road, chalkpits, marl pits and potential iron-ore workings. Hucking Estate has a good network of permissive paths, Public Rights of Way and a Bridleway. Permissive horse riding routes also exist through Hucking Estate operated through Toll Rides Off-Road Trust. Cars can be parked at our car park just east of Hucking Village on Church Road, or at the Hook and Hatchet pub to the west of the village. About 4 miles east of Maidstone.

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Visitor attractions and information - Margate

Attractions Minster Rural Life Museum, Bedlam Court Lane, Minster, Ramsgate CT12 4HQ. Tel: 01843 822312. The Museum provides a wide range of activities for the whole family and some of the buildings, which are situated in the grounds of Minster Abbey, are believed to date back as far as the 8th Century. www.minstermuseum.org.uk. About 4 miles south of Margate.

Minster Rural Life Museum

Attractions Old Town Hall Museum, Market Place, Margate, Kent, CT9 1ER. Tel: 01843 231213. The restored Town Hall and jail now provides a home for the Citizens Advice Bureau and local history museum. History of Margate and the surrounding area. www.margatemuseum.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Margate.

Old Town Hall Museum

Shell Grotto

Attractions Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate, Kent CT9 2BU. Tel: 01843 220008. Welcome to the Shell Grotto, where you’ll find 4.6 million shells, 2000sqft of mosaic and one big mystery! 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. www.shellgrotto.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Margate.
Shell Grotto

Dreamland Fun Park MargateAttractions Dreamland Fun Park Margate. Tel: 01843 299244. Please check the website for opening dates. Scenic Railway, Archery, Booster, Chaos, Dodgems, Kiddies Corner, Inflatables and more. www.dreamlandfunpark.com. Location: In the centre of Margate.

Dreamland Fun Park Margate

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Visitor attractions and information - Meopham

St John's Jerusalem

Attractions St John's Jerusalem, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent DA4 9HQ. Tel: 01732 810378. Tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel
Tranquil gardens moated by the River Darent. Thirteenth-century chapel. Occupied as a private residence. Access is to the chapel and garden only. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo ©National Trust). www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
About 6 miles north west of Meopham.

St John's Jerusalem

Attractions Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG. Tel: 01474 872331. Driving experiences available. Son or daughter aged 13 or more? What better than a YoungDrive! session for the excitement and safety of learning to drive off the public road - and at a famous race track! www.motorsportvision.co.uk. About 4 miles west of Meopham.

Brands Hatch Circuit

Attractions Owletts, The Street, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent DA12 3AP. Tel: 01372 453401. Modest red-brick Charles II house. Fine Charles II KentishYeoman's family home. Former home of famous architect Sir Herbert Baker, who designed many important buildings in South Africa, India and London. Owletts is occupied as a family home and is administered and maintained on the Trust's behalf by a descendant of the donor. No WC. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles south of Meopham.

Owletts

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Visitor attractions and information - Ramsgate

Attractions Minster Rural Life Museum, Bedlam Court Lane, Minster, Ramsgate CT12 4HQ. Tel: 01843 822312. The Museum provides a wide range of activities for the whole family and some of the buildings, which are situated in the grounds of Minster Abbey, are believed to date back as far as the 8th Century. www.minstermuseum.org.uk. About 4 miles west of Ramsgate.

Minster Rural Life Museum

Attractions The Ramsgate Maritime Museum, The Clock House, Pier Yard, Royal Harbour, CT11 8LS. Tel: 01843 570622. The maritime heritage of East Kent. Partial wheelchair access. Location: In the centre of Ramsgate.

The Ramsgate Maritime Museum

Attractions Ramsgate Marina and Port, The Harbour Office, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LQ. Tel: 01843 572105, or Port of Ramsgate Tel: 01843 587661. One of the largest municipal ports in England and Wales, the Port of Ramsgate now provides the only passenger ferry service between the Channel ports and Belgium. Passenger Ferry service are now running four times a day between Ramsgate and Ostende. www.ramsgatemarina.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Ramsgate.
Ramsgate Marina and Port

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Visitor attractions and information - Rochester

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Attractions Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Old Surgery, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ. Tel: 01634 823800. 400 years of Britain's maritime history. An 80-acre estate with stunning historic architecture, historic ships and museum galleries. The Dockyard is also home to RNXS Museum, Police Museum and the Kingswear Paddle Steamer to cruise the River Medway. www.chdt.org.uk. About 4 miles east of Rochester.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Rochester CastleAttractions Rochester Castle, Rochester, ME1 1SW. Tel: 01634 402276. Rochester Castle is a fine example of Norman architecture. The keep is 113 feet high and some of the walls are 12 feet thick. English Heritage. Charges apply. (Photo View of keep from castle grounds (c) English Heritage).www.english-heritage.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Rochester.

Rochester Castle

Attractions Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester ME1 1EW. Tel: 01634 844176. Rochester, and the surrounding countryside, is where Charles Dickens spent many happy years. Eastgate House is a delightful Elizabethan house. Ordnance Terrace is a row of Georgian houses where Charles Dickens lived at what is now No. 11. Location: In the centre of Rochester.

Eastgate House & The Charles Dickens Centre

Attractions Rochester Cathedral, The Chapter Office, Garth House, The Precinct, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SX. Tel. 01634 843366. Admission is free to individuals, but donations are vital to the maintenance of this magnificent working cathedral. There is, however, a charge for group visits. Rochester Cathedral Shop & Tea-rooms. www.rochestercathedral.org. Location: In the centre of Rochester.

Rochester Cathedral

Attractions GILLINGHAM MARINA, 173 PIER ROAD, GILLINGHAM, KENT, ME7 1UB. Tel: 01634 280022. Gillingham Marina, set on the River Medway, has built up a fine reputation for its superb facilities. www.gillingham-marina.co.uk. About 4 miles east of Rochester.
GILLINGHAM MARINA

Attractions Owletts, The Street, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent DA12 3AP. Tel: 01372 453401. Modest red-brick Charles II house. Fine Charles II KentishYeoman's family home. Former home of famous architect Sir Herbert Baker, who designed many important buildings in South Africa, India and London. Owletts is occupied as a family home and is administered and maintained on the Trust's behalf by a descendant of the donor. No WC. National Trust. Charges apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 4 miles west of Rochester.

Owletts

Attractions Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Tel: +44 (0) 1622 765400. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is situated in the middle of a lake within 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Attractions include the Mediterranean Lady Baille garden, an aviary housing rare and exotic birds, the Hawking Centre; a yew maze, Knights Realm adventure playground and toddlers play area. About 9 miles south of Rochester.

Leeds Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Sevenoaks

Old Soar ManorAttractions Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, Borough Green, Kent TN15 0QX. Tel: 01732 810378. Remains of a late 13th-century knight's dwelling. Interesting timbered spiral staircase, 'solar' living area and chapel. Exhibition on manor and local surroundings. National Trust. (Photo ©National Trust).www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles east of Sevenoaks.

Old Soar Manor

KnoleAttractions Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP. Tel: 01732 462100. One of England's greatest show houses, set in a magnificent deer park. Rare collection of Royal Stuart furniture. Important portraits by Van Dyke, Gainsborough and Reynolds. Please do not feed the deer. Light of all kinds is carefully controlled. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Rupert Truman). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Sevenoaks.

Knole

Ightham MoteAttractions Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT. Tel: 01732 810378. Superb 14th-century moated manor house. See the results of the Trust's largest ever conservation project. Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling. Grade I listed dog kennel. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Andrew Butler). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 3 miles east of Sevenoaks.

Ightham Mote

ChartwellAttractions Chartwell. Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS. Tel: 01732 868381. Family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Unrivalled collection of Churchill paintings, photographs and memorabilia. Beautiful rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchills. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Ian Shaw). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles west of Sevenoaks.

Chartwell

Emmetts GardenAttractions Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6AY. Tel: 01732 750367. Interesting hillside garden with year-round features. Charming informal garden. Featured in the 1985 film, 'Room with a View'. Great views from the dramatic hilltop location, with the highest tree top in Kent. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Jerry Harpur). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 4 miles west of Sevenoaks.

Emmetts Garden

Attractions Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD. Tel: 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle, a museum within a squire’s home, is open for the nation to enjoy - for visiting, educational visits, as a wedding and conference venue, and is licensed for civil partnerships. Check website for opening dates. www.chiddingstone-castle.org.uk. About 7 miles south of Sevenoaks.

 Chiddingstone Castle

Attractions Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865224. Come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens, laid out between 1904 and 1908. Also Adventure Playground, Yew Maze, Water Maze and more. www.hever-castle.co.uk. About 7 miles south of Sevenoaks.

Hever Castle & Gardens

Attractions Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Tel: +44 (0) 1622 765400. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is situated in the middle of a lake within 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Attractions include the Mediterranean Lady Baille garden, an aviary housing rare and exotic birds, the Hawking Centre; a yew maze, Knights Realm adventure playground and toddlers play area. About 16 miles east of Sevenoaks.

Leeds Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Sheerness

Attractions Minster Abbey, Minster, Isle of Sheppey. There is evidence of people living in Minster as far back as Roman Times. The abbey has been at the centre of Isle of Sheppey since 644 A.D. Isle of Sheppey.

Minster Abbey

Attractions Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, Marine Parade, Sheerness, Kent ME12 2BE. Tel: 01795 663052. The Isle Of Sheppey in Kent is a superb sailing environment, boasting some of the finest sailing waters. The sailing club is situated at Sheerness. Racing from April to November. Easy and free car parking. Very reasonable membership fees. www.iossc.org.uk. Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey.

Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club

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Visitor attractions and information - Sittingbourne

Attractions Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway Ltd, SITTINGBOURNE, Kent, ME10 2DZ. Tel: 0871 222 1568. The line continues to use the steam engines and rolling stock that were supplied to operate the railway in its working life prior to preservation in 1969. Footplate Experience Courses available. See website for timetables. www.sklr.net. Location: Station on the outskirts of Sittingbourne.

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway Ltd

Attractions Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, 111 Chalkwell Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2LP. Tel: 01795 423215. History and heritage of Sittingbourne. Admission is free, though donations are always welcome, however small. See website for opening times and dates. www.sittingbourne-museum.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Sittingbourne.

Sittingbourne Heritage Museum

Attractions Sittingbourne Greyhounds, Central Park Stadium, Church Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3SB. Built in 1995 Central Park Stadium occupies a 24 acre site in the Eurolink business development. Car park for up to 1000 cars and is easy to reach from the M20 and less than 10 minutes from the M2 and A249. Sittingbourne town centre and railway station are just a short taxi ride away. Wheelchair access and facilities for the disabled. Restaurant, bars and fast food. www.sittingbournegreyhounds.co.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Sittingbourne.

Sittingbourne Greyhounds

Attractions Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Tel: +44 (0) 1622 765400. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is situated in the middle of a lake within 500 acres of beautiful parkland. Attractions include the Mediterranean Lady Baille garden, an aviary housing rare and exotic birds, the Hawking Centre; a yew maze, Knights Realm adventure playground and toddlers play area. About 7 miles south of Sittingbourne.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle Hotel + Ticket Packages available

Attractions Welcome to the The Hook & Hatchet. We are situated high up on the North Downs in the hamlet of Hucking, an area of outstanding natural beauty. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food. We have taken time to source local produce to ensure that we provide you with a truly fantastic meal. We have a wide ranged menu including a variety of fresh fish, vegetarian specials and the best Sunday Lunch in Kent! About 5 miles south of Sittingbourne, close to Leeds Castle, close to the Hucking Estate (Below). We are very isolated and are situated next door to the Woodland Trust property known as the Hucking Estate. This is 560 acres of beautiful English countryside open to the public free, every day of the year, from 11am to dusk. Walks are signposted from the pub and range from 1 hour to all day in duration. Maps and car parking are available free of charge. You should not have to pay for access to the countryside Telephone: 01622 880830

Hook and Hatchet Inn

Attractions The Woodland Trust was able to purchase Hucking Estate in 1997 through generous funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1.1 million and through donations to the local appeal. The site contains numbers sites of archaeological interest including an ancient Drove Road, chalkpits, marl pits and potential iron-ore workings. Hucking Estate has a good network of permissive paths, Public Rights of Way and a Bridleway. Permissive horse riding routes also exist through Hucking Estate operated through Toll Rides Off-Road Trust. Cars can be parked at our car park just east of Hucking Village on Church Road, or at the Hook and Hatchet pub to the west of the village. About 4 miles south of Sittingbourne.

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Visitor attractions and information - Swanley

Hall Place & Gardens

Attractions Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley; DA5 1PQ. Tel: 01322 526574. Hall Place has been standing for nearly 500 years astride the border between Kent and London. Built in 1537. Managed by Bexley Heritage Trust. It is open to the public throughout the year. Gardens open until sunset. www.hallplace.com. About 3 miles north of Swanley.

Hall Place & Gardens

Attractions Crayford Greyhound Track, Stadium Way, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4HR. Tel: 01322 557836. Comfort and luxury with the fast action and excitement of top greyhound racing. Crayford has been a home to greyhound racing for over 60 years. A 216 seated restaurant, exclusive Club Suite, 2 bars, fast food outlet. www.crayford.com. About 4 miles north of Swanley.

Crayford Greyhound Track

St John's Jerusalem

St John's JerusalemAttractions St John's Jerusalem, Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent DA4 9HQ. Tel: 01732 810378. Tranquil garden and 13th-century chapel
Tranquil gardens moated by the River Darent. Thirteenth-century chapel. Occupied as a private residence. Access is to the chapel and garden only. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo ©National Trust). www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
About 3 miles north east of Swanley.

St John's Jerusalem

Attractions Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG. Tel: 01474 872331. Driving experiences available. Son or daughter aged 13 or more? What better than a YoungDrive! session for the excitement and safety of learning to drive off the public road - and at a famous race track! www.motorsportvision.co.uk. About 4 miles east of Swanley.

Brands Hatch Circuit

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Visitor attractions and information - Tenterden

Attractions Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA. Tel: 01580 830436. Late medieval moated castle. Sussex Family Attraction of the Year. One of Britain's most famous and evocative castles. National Trust. Charges apply. About 8 miles south west of Tenterden.

Bodiam Castle

Attractions Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited, TENTERDEN TOWN STATION, TENTERDEN, KENT, TN30 6HE. Our all day hop-on, hop-off Rover fares allow unlimited travel along the full 10.5 miles (16.8 km) of the railway. You can stop off to explore at any station - to visit Bodiam Castle for example, or to look over the loco yard at Rolvenden. www.kesr.org.uk. Location: Station in the centre of Tenterden.

Kent & East Sussex Railway

Attractions C.M. Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles, Falstaff Antiques, 63-67 High Street, Rolvenden, Kent. TN17 4LP. Tel: 01580 241234. a unique collection of Morgan 3 wheel cars, 10 normally on display, dating from 1913-1935. Humber Tri-car of 1904, a 1929 Morris van, Motorcycles and more. About 3 miles west of Tenterden.

C.M. Booth Collection

Attractions Rare Breeds Centre, Canterbury Oast Trust, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford TN26 3RJ. Tel: 01233 861493. Set in over 120 acres of beautiful countryside, no other attraction offers so much to see and do as the Rare breeds Centre - whatever the weather! Come and join in our 'meet the animals ' sessions in the children's barn. Indoor assault course. About 4 miles east of Tenterden.

Rare Breeds Centre

Attractions Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB. Tel: 01580 710700. Celebrated gardens designed by writer Vita Sackville-West. Intimate setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion. National Trust. Charges apply. nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles north west of Tenterden.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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Visitor attractions and information - Tonbridge

Old Soar Manor

Attractions Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, Borough Green, Kent TN15 0QX. Tel: 01732 810378. Remains of a late 13th-century knight's dwelling. Interesting timbered spiral staircase, 'solar' living area and chapel. Exhibition on manor and local surroundings. National Trust. (Photo ©National Trust). nationaltrust.org.uk About 4 miles north of Tonbridge.

Old Soar Manor

Knole

Attractions Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP. Tel: 01732 462100. One of England's greatest show houses, set in a magnificent deer park. Rare collection of Royal Stuart furniture. Important portraits by Van Dyke, Gainsborough and Reynolds. Please do not feed the deer. Light of all kinds is carefully controlled. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Rupert Truman). nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles north west of Tonbridge.

Knole

Ightham Mote

Attractions Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT. Tel: 01732 810378. Superb 14th-century moated manor house. See the results of the Trust's largest ever conservation project. Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling. Grade I listed dog kennel. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Andrew Butler). nationaltrust.org.uk. About 4 miles north of Tonbridge.

Ightham Mote

Attractions Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD. Tel: 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle, a museum within a squire’s home, is open for the nation to enjoy - for visiting, educational visits, as a wedding and conference venue, and is licensed for civil partnerships. Check website for opening dates. www.chiddingstone-castle.org.uk. About 7 miles west of Tonbridge.

Chiddingstone Castle

Hever Castle & Gardens

Attractions Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865224. Come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens, laid out between 1904 and 1908. Also Adventure Playground, Yew Maze, Water Maze and more. hever-castle.co.uk. About 7 miles west of Tonbridge.

Hever Castle & Gardens

Attractions Tonbridge Castle Tourist Information Centre, Council Offices, Tonbridge Castle, Castle Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BG. Tel : 01732 770929. On August 30th 1999, the Gatehouse at Tonbridge Castle closed to visitors and work on a £375,000 millenium project began. The missing floors on the ground and first floor levels have been replaced, and spiral staircase in the East Tower repaired. Visit the Gatehouse, Attractions, Civil Ceremonies, Corporate Functions, Group Visits, Educational Visits. tonbridgecastle.org. Location: In the centre of Tonbridge.

Tonbridge Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Tunbridge Wells

Attractions Bayham Old Abbey. nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8DE. Tel: 01892 890381. The ruins of an abbey with much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse.Toilets. Exhibition: On ground floor, accessible via three steps. Shop. Refreshments.English Heritage. Charges apply. About 4 miles east of Tunbridge Wells.

Bayham Old Abbey

Scotney Castle Garden & Estate

Attractions Scotney Castle Garden & Estate, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN. Tel: 01892 893868. One of England's most romantic gardens. Ruined 14th-century castle. National Trust. Charges apply. About 6 miles east of Tunbridge Wells.

Scotney Castle Garden & Estate

Attractions Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY. Telephone: 01892 537715. Tunbridge Wells is the location of the railway's headquarters. Groombridge current limit for passenger trains, although the line exists all the way to Eridge. Location: On the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells.

Spa Valley Railway

Attractions Pooh Corner Ltd, High Street, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AE. Tel: 01892 770456. The Pooh Corner shop, in the High Street of Hartfield village, dates from around the 1690's. The shop is home to the world's largest selection of Winnie-the-Pooh products. It is situated in the village where the famous stories were written by A.A.Milne in the 1920's. pooh-country.co.uk. About 5 miles west of Tunbridge Wells.

Pooh Corner

Attractions Chiddingstone Castle, Near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD. Tel: 01892 870347. Chiddingstone Castle, a museum within a squire’s home, is open for the nation to enjoy - for visiting, educational visits, as a wedding and conference venue, and is licensed for civil partnerships. Check website for opening dates. www.chiddingstone-castle.org.uk. About 7 miles north west of Tunbridge Wells.

Chiddingstone Castle

Hever Castle & Gardens

Attractions Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865224. Come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens, laid out between 1904 and 1908. Also Adventure Playground, Yew Maze, Water Maze and more. hever-castle.co.uk. About 7 miles north west of Tunbridge Wells.

Hever Castle & Gardens

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Attractions Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1JN. Tel: 01892 554171. Displays include toys and dolls, costume, natural history, and the world’s best collection of Tunbridge ware. www.tunbridgewellsmuseum.org. Location: In the centre of Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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Visitor attractions and information - Wadhurst

Attractions Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA. Tel: 01580 830436. Late medieval moated castle. Sussex Family Attraction of the Year. One of Britain's most famous and evocative castles. National Trust. Charges apply. About 9 miles south east of Wadhurst.

Bodiam Castle

Attractions Bayham Old Abbey. nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8DE. Tel: 01892 890381. The ruins of an abbey with much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse.Toilets. Exhibition: On ground floor, accessible via three steps. Shop. Refreshments.English Heritage. Charges apply. About 4 miles north of Wadhurst.

Bayham Old Abbey

Scotney Castle Garden & Estate

Attractions Scotney Castle Garden & Estate, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN. Tel: 01892 893868. One of England's most romantic gardens. Ruined 14th-century castle. National Trust. Charges apply. About 4 miles north of Wadhurst.

Scotney Castle Garden & Estate

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Attractions Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1JN. Tel: 01892 554171. Displays include toys and dolls, costume, natural history, and the world’s best collection of Tunbridge ware. www.tunbridgewellsmuseum.org. Location: About 5 miles north of Wadhurst.

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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Visitor attractions and information - West Malling

Old Soar ManorAttractions Old Soar Manor, Plaxtol, Borough Green, Kent TN15 0QX. Tel: 01732 810378. Remains of a late 13th-century knight's dwelling. Interesting timbered spiral staircase, 'solar' living area and chapel. Exhibition on manor and local surroundings. National Trust. (Photo ©National Trust). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 5 miles southwest of West Malling.

 Old Soar Manor

Ightham MoteAttractions Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT. Tel: 01732 810378. Superb 14th-century moated manor house. See the results of the Trust's largest ever conservation project. Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling. Grade I listed dog kennel. National Trust. Charges apply. (Photo © NTPL / Andrew Butler). www.nationaltrust.org.uk. About 7 miles south west of West Malling.

Ightham Mote

St Leonard's TowerAttractions St Leonard's Tower, Nr West Malling, on unclassified road W of A228. 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. English Heritage. (Photo (c) English Heritage Photo Library). www.english-heritage.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts (south) of West Malling.

St Leonard's Tower

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Visitor attractions and information - Whitstable

Attractions Whitstable Castle. Whitstable's manor house was built in the 1790's. The public are always welcome to visit and enjoy the beautiful gardens surrounding the main building. Heritage Lottery Funding has been asked for. (2007). Location: In the centre of Whitstable.

Whitstable Castle

Attractions Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill Nr Faversham Kent ME13 9TX. Tel: 01227 751496. Mount Ephraim Gardens are in an 800 acre estate incorporating the house, gardens, progressive fruit farm and grazing. The splendid late Victorian mansion and gardens have magnificent views over the parkland and the Swale and Thames estuary. Ideal for weddings and receptions. Difficult for the disabled to gain access to some areas. www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk. About 5 miles south of Whitstable.

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Attractions Whitstable Oyster Festival, Events Team. Tel: 01227 862 457. The town of Whitstable has been associated with oysters for hundreds of years. Whitstable Oyster Festival celebrates the unique identity of Whitstable town, harbour and industry. www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk. Location: In the centre of Whitstable.

Attractions Whitstable Museum and Gallery, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DB. Tel: 01227 276 998. The history of Whitstable's unique coastal community and seafaring traditions. Special displays on oysters, diving and shipping. Disabled access available. Location: In the centre of Whitstable.

Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Attractions Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ. Tel:0871 7820081. Kent's Unique Woodland Discovery Park between Canterbury & Herne Bay. From owls to otters, badgers to beavers, and wild boar to wolves, experience close encounters with native wildlife in an environment that is close to nature. www.wildwoodtrust.org. About 4 miles south east of Whitstable.

Woodland Discovery Park

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