Come and Visit Us

 

Discover our historic house, art and antiquities collection and tea room with friends, family, as part of a school or group visit

Current Opening Hours

Historic House and Collections - Closed to the public until Friday 30th March 2018

Grounds and Fishing - Open

School Visits - Open on request, please email Fiona on education@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Group Visits - Open on request, please email Anna on adminsupport@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Weddings - Open for viewings and bookings, please email Natalie on weddings@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Venue Hire - Open for viewings and bookings, please email Georgina on ccevents@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

2018 Open Season Hours and Admission

From Friday 30th March to Sunday 31st October 2018, we will be open to the public on the following days and times, with last entry and orders at 4.15pm.

Monday: 11am - 5pm

Tuesday: 11am - 5pm

Wednesday: 11am - 5pm

Thursday: Closed for Schools Visits

Friday: Closed for Private Functions

Saturday: Closed for Private Functions

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Adult - £9.50

Child 5 - 13 years - £4.50

Child under 5 - Free

Parking - £2.00 honesty box

School Visits

At Chiddingstone Castle we have a hands on approach to learning where children and adults are encouraged to participate in activities relating to Denys Bower’s Collections and the historic house itself.

We offer a wide range of arts and crafts to entertain and capture the imagination of our younger visitors. These are available each day we are open and often include: a free spotter sheet with entry to the house; dressing up as a Victorian servant, a Japanese Samurai or an Ancient Egyptian: designing a Victorian peg doll; building a pyramid and writing in hieroglyphic magnetic symbols. The type of activities change regularly and all of the materials, instructions and information are provided free of charge in our Activity Room.

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Email Fiona Glossop at education@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Group Visits

We welcome group visitors all year round by prior arrangement. Do call 01892 872 746 or email events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk.

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Directions

By Road

For satellite navigation users our postcode is TN8 7AD. Parking is just 70 meters from the North Door and accessible parking is available. Parking is free but we do have an honesty box where we welcome donations for the upkeep of the grounds. Please note that Chiddingstone Castle cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to vehicles or their contents whilst you are parked on site.

By Rail

Our closest stations are Penshurst, Cowden, Edenbridge, Hildenborough, Sevenoaks and Tonbirgde but do make sure to book a taxi ahead of time as not all of these staions have permanant taxi ranks.

By Air

Gatwick Airport is 40 minutes away, Heathrow Airport 1 hour away.

By Sea

The ferry at Dover is an hour and fifteen minutes away, the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone is 1 hour and ten minutes away.

Accessibility

As all Denys Bower’s collections are sited on the ground floor at Chiddingstone Castle, they are easily accessible for wheelchair users.  The newly opened Library and Streatfeild Room (showing the history of the Castle and the village) are to be found on the first floor just off the Gallery - regrettably there is no lift to these exhibition rooms but interpretation of the Streatfeild Room can be read in the ground floor Housekeeper’s Room.  Four specially reserved disabled car parking spaces are located in the car park (a one minute walk from the main North Door) and a spacious disabled washroom is sited in our Tea Room courtyard.  All principal entrances and exits can be fitted with wheelchair access facilities.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your visit.

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Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house, set in 35 acres of Kentish countryside, filled with treasures collected over a lifetime by Denys Eyre Bower.

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