Summer at the Castle

We have lots on offer this summer with our fabulous annual Vintage Fair at the end of June, a visit from the Aston Martin Owners Club, London to Brighton Kit and Sports Car  Run, ForestJack’s Forest School through the summer holidays and our popular Country and Food Fair at the beginning of September.

The tea room courtyard is the perfect place to bask in the sun whilst enjoying a delicious cream tea and even enjoy a book from our secondhand book shop.

Welcome to Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house, accredited museum and an award-winning venue. The Castle is set in 35 acres of Kentish countryside and is home to one man’s extraordinary collection.

The castle is open from April to October on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am to 5pm with last entry at 4.15pm.  Our tea rooms are open during these hours and can be accessed without an admission ticket.

We host events, education groups, weddings and private functions at the Castle throughout the year so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Planning a wedding?

Venue Hire

No matter what size your wedding, formal or relaxed, we are here to help tailor a day to suit you.


Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2019


 If you can’t wait for this year’s podcasts, please visit our podcast page and listen again to some of the fascinating talks from 2018 using the button below or this week why not listen to…

Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Dr Zhivago | Anna Pasternak with Imogen Lycett Green and Geoffrey Streatfeild

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018

Japanese Lacquered Egg

We have posted our Object of the Month for May early in time for Easter. It is a rare emu’s egg decorated in gold and silver Japanese lacquer, from the 19th century. It depicts a dragon emerging from swirling clouds. Read more for some inspiration for egg painting over the Easter weekend!

What people say

“Something interesting for everyone”

"This is a lovely place to visit. The house has a great collection of artifacts. The gardens have nice walks, a pretty bridge and an Egyptian grass maze."

Jenny via TripAdvisor

“The most amazing day”

"The staff were so welcoming. My daughter said she'd had the best day ever. Thank you. Will definitely be keeping my eyes open for future events. "

Gemma via Facebook

“Best Egyptian collection outside the British Museum”

"Visited as part of an Arts Society to this fabulous historic house, art collections and gardens."

Member of Reigate Decorative & Fine Arts Society via TripAdvisor

"Blown away"

"We had the most wonderful day and I think it is fair to say the venue absolutely made it...The day really exceeded out expectations and we are both so grateful for everything you did pulling it together."

Elyse via Hitched

Opening Hours


The 2019 Open Season runs from

Sunday 31st March to

Wednesday 30th October

We are open Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Bank Holidays, excluding Good Friday

11am - 5pm, with last entry and orders at 4.15pm


Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

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