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. Garden tours are also available (for a maximum of 25 people) at the cost of £50 per tour.
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 who are also visiting the Castle, pre-booked ploughman’s lunches are available at the reduced price of £6.50 per person (usually £7.00), and pre-booked cream teas are offered at £6.00 per person (usually £6.50). Group visitors are also offered the opportunity to enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits upon arrival at the special price of £2.50 per head. The former Well Tower now houses a Gift Shop, selling a delightful and varied array of local produce and gifts and alongside is an additional shop selling antiques and second-hand books.
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 email@example.com