01580 291913

castles.


Bodiam Castle

One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385 as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat.

 

Bodiam
near Robertsbridge
East Sussex
TN32 5UA
01580 830196
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Dover Castle

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in the town of the same name in the English county of Kent. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history and is the largest castle in England.

 

Harold's Road, Dover, Kent -
Dover
Kent
CT16 1HU
0870 333 1181
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Hever Castle

Dover Castle is a medieval castle in the town of the same name in the English county of Kent. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history and is the largest castle in England.

 

Hever Castle
Hever
near Edenbridge
Kent TN8 7NG
1732 865224
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Leeds Castle

Combining a blend of heritage and history with 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle in Kent is the perfect backdrop to your day out.

 

Leeds Castle
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1PL
01622 765400
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Scotney Castle

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.

 

Lamberhurst
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN3 8JN
01892 893820
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gardens.


Emmetts Garden

Charming Emmetts an Edwardian estate owned by Frederic 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.

 

Ide Hill
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN14 6BA
01732 751509
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Great Dixter

One of the pleasant features about the gardens is that they lie all around the house. Make a circuit of the gardens and you have made a circuit of the house exterior.

 

Great Dixter Northiam
East Sussex TN31 6PH
01797 252878
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Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is a quintessential English garden located on the Sussex and Kent border in the heart of South East England's garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds.

 

Ticehurst
near Wadhurst
East Sussex
TN5 7HE
01580 200888
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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is more than a garden. It is a garden in the ruin of an Elizabethan house, set in the middle of its own woods, streams and farmland and with long views on all sides across the fields and meadows of the Kentish landscape.

 

Biddenden Road
near Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 2AB
01580 710701
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houses.


Batemans

'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary for this world-famous writer.

 

Bateman's Lane
Burwash
East Sussex
TN19 7DS
01435 882302
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Chartwell

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.

 

Mapleton Road
Westerham
Kent
TN16 1PS
01732 868381
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Ightham Mote

Lose yourself in this romantic moated manor house, described by David Starkey as 'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses'. Built nearly 700 years ago, this house has seen many changes and been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high-society Victorians.

 

Mote Road
Ivy Hatch
Kent
TN15 0NT
01732 810378
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Knole House

Knole has been shown off to visitors for the past 500 years. Thirteen show rooms remain much as they were in the 18th century, when they were laid out to impress visitors with the Sackvilles' wealth. The birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West, who went on to create the gardens at Sissinghurst, Knole was also the setting for Virgina Woolf's novel Orlando.

 

Tonbridge Road
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN15 0RP
01732 450608
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Lamb House

Fine brick-fronted house with literary associations both Henry James and E. F. Benson lived here. Surprisingly large town garden.

 

West Street
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7ES
01580 762334
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Penshurst Place

We have something to offer all the family with the recreation of historic events, storytelling, craft activities, birds of prey, maze-like gardens with seasonal children's garden trails and over six centuries of history all in one place.

 

Penshurst
Tonbridge
Kent
TN11 8DG
01892 870307
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museums.


Finchcocks

Finchcocks is a fine Georgian manor set in a beautiful garden, surrounded by parkland. It now houses a celebrated collection of over 100 historical keyboard instruments, of which more than forty are in full working order. It makes a wonderful day out for all the family.

 

Finchcocks
Goudhurst
Kent
TN17 1HH
01580 211702
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Smallhythe Place

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.

 

Smallhythe
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 7NG
01580 762334
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Whitbread Hop Farm

Hop Farm Tourist attraction for a family day out in Kent. Fun days out and things to do in Kent. Popular visitor attraction with events including fireworks, music concerts, wedding fair, Santas Magical Kingdom Christmas events. Venue hire for corporate events, weddings, team building and venue hire facility and events.

 

Paddock Wood
Tonbridge
Kent
TN12 6PY
01622 872068
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railways.


Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently wends its way from Tenterden - "The Jewel of The Weald" for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.

 

Station Road
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6HE
01580 765155
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Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

The RH&DR was the culmination of the dreams of two men; Captain J. E. P. Howey a sometimes racing driver, millionaire land owner, former Army Officer and miniature railway afficionado and Count Louis Zborowski eminently well-known racing driver of his day (famous for owning and racing the Chitty Bang Bang Mercedes) and considerably richer, even, than Howey.

 

New Romney
Kent
TN28 8PL
01797 362353

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towns & villages.


Battle

The attractive town of Battle gets it name from the Battle of Hastings, which was fought between Harold the Saxon king and William the Conqueror in 1066. The battle was so significant it changed the course of English history.

 

Canterbury

Experience Canterbury's history and heritage, see our stunning architecture and world famous buildings. Enjoy a day out in Canterbury and visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, have a relaxing short break or longer fun-filled family holiday at the seaside in Herne Bay or Whitstable. Visit Canterbury Cathedral, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

Goudhurst

Just over a hundred years ago a visitor to Goudhurst described the place in words that are as true today as they were at that time. "The whole neighbourhood is singularly beautiful with the sylvan pastoral beauty that is England's great characteristic. The village is straggling. Genius could scarcely have made it more irregular. It is built on the slope of an eccentric hill.

 

Rye

With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, Rye is almost suspended in time and has a uniquely unhurried atmosphere. Compact enough to discover the key places of interest over a week-end but with plenty of secret treasures to entice you to stay much longer and to return again.

 

Smarden

By all written and spoken accounts, Smarden is said to be a Special Place in two senses: first, as a small rural medieval weaving village, it is endowed with great physical beauty and charm. Secondly, Smarden hosts a vibrant community, which wishes to preserve things that are good about its heritage and, for the future, to shape a sustainable environment sensitive to the needs of its residents. With both these things, there seems also to be an underlying sense of continuity.

 

Tenterden

Well, Tenterden is probably the kind of place that would come to mind. It has beautiful shops, historic architecture, a strong community vibe, and four wheel drives that have seen actual mud. There's a Waitrose too, which gives some indication of its prosperity.

 

Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells, located just 30 miles south of London, is surrounded by glorious Kent countryside. In Georgian times, this historic spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen. Today visitors to Tunbridge Wells in Kent can enjoy a relaxing short break or day out, taking part in outdoor activities, exploring the many gardens, castles and historic houses, shopping in Royal Tunbridge Wells, or by enjoying the wide selection of places to eat and high quality hotels and B&B accommodation in the Tunbridge Wells area.

 

Winchelsea

Winchelsea is a beautiful Sussex village built on the bones of a medieval town. It is a hidden delight for visitors to discover, but also home to an active community. Seven centuries ago, the new town of Winchelsea was founded by Edward I to take the place of an older town of the same name, which had been lost to the sea in a series of great storms and now lies beneath the waters of Rye Bay.

 

golf courses.


Chart Hills Golf Club

Hailed as one of the finest recently-built golf courses in England, Chart Hills is the British architectural debut of six times Major winner, Nick Faldo. Set on 200 acres of gently undulating Kentish hills, Chart Hills was officially opened for play in August 1993 and despite its relative youth in golfing terms has earned something of a reputation when it comes to hosting championship golf.

 

Weeks Lane
Biddenden
Kent
TN27 8JX
01580 292222

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vineyards.


Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyard is Kent's oldest commercial vineyard, having been established by the Barnes family in 1969. The vineyards are set in 22 acres on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley, 1.2 miles from the lovely Wealden village of Biddenden.Traditional Kentish ciders have also been made here for over 20 years together with farm pressed apple juices.

 

Gribble Bridge Lane
Biddenden
TN27 8DF
01580 291726

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Chapel Down, Tenterden

It doesn't have to be a special day to drink Chapel Down wines as they make every day special. Assembled here is a team of highly professional, talented people who share a vision of creating World Class, interesting, distinctive and award-winning wines.

 

Small Hythe Road
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 7NG
01580 763033
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