Group visits at Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle is delighted to welcome group visitors all year round – even during the closed season (by prior arrangement).

The castle offers a unique chance to visit an historic house with Tudor origins and Victorian rooms containing a fascinating collection of antiquities (Ancient Egyptian, Japanese Samurai, Buddhist and Stuart & Jacobite); and an exciting story of unrequited love and attempted murder! The extensive grounds are delightful in all weathers, and feature a Victorian Orangery, a lake and a rose garden. The castle has recently opened new exhibition rooms to give visitors the chance to step back in time and imagine the house in its heyday – the Victorian kitchen, scullery, servants’ hall and attic servant’s bedroom offer visitors an interesting insight into the days of ‘upstairs downstairs’!

A visit to the castle can also be enhanced by a brief stroll across the bridge over the lake into the National Trust-owned village of Chiddingstone, where visitors can admire the remarkable row of Tudor houses, explore beautiful St Mary’s Church and discover the story of the Chiding Stone.

Group entrance to the castle is at the reduced price of £8.00 per head in a group of 15 or more. Guided tours of the castle are offered at the price of £50 for groups up to a maximum of 25 persons.

Group entrance (min. 15 paying persons) to the Castle is at the reduced price of £8 per head (usually £9.50).  Guided Tours of the Castle, as well as Garden Tours are offered, each at the price of £50 for groups up to a maximum of 25 persons per tour/guide.  The charming cosy Tea Room with its adjacent sunny courtyard is the perfect place for a light lunch or delicious cream tea – for group visitors only, pre-booked cream teas are offered at £6 per person (usually £6.50) and pre-booked ploughman’s lunches are available at the reduced price of £6.50 per person (usually £7) – or £7.50 to include a soft drink also.  Group visitors are also offered the opportunity to enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits upon arrival at the special price of £2.50 per head.  These special refreshment discounts are offered to group visitors only – and on the assumption that all members of the group take up the offer and that the group is visiting the Castle also, not just the Tea Room.  The former Well Tower now houses a Gift Shop, selling a delightful and varied array of local produce and gifts, and there is an adjacent antiques and second-hand bookshop too.

A large car park provides plentiful parking for cars and coaches – just one minute from the main entrance door.  Disabled visitors are most welcome at the Castle and most of the exhibition rooms are located on the ground floor.  An accessible toilet is in the Tea Room courtyard.

For further information or to book a group visit call 01892 872746 or email events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

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

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From April to October we are open on the following days and times, with last entry at 4.15pm.

Monday: 11am - 5pm

Tuesday: 11am - 5pm

Wednesday: 11am - 5pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

 

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