Chiddingstone Castle and Collections are now closed for the Winter

The grounds are open every day of the year (except when closed for private functions), providing enchanting woodland walks, a fishing lake and spectacular views across the Kent countryside for all. Please donate £3 for parking in the honesty box at the car park or online.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Castle from March 31st 2024. In the meantime please explore our website to discover the fascinating Japanese, Stuart and Jacobite, Buddhist, and Ancient Egyptian collections. Also take a look at our Woodland Watch to see what our volunteers are up to over the Winter Months.

We are now busy planning our 2024 events including talks and tours in our Japanese Room, Egyptian Room and Buddhist Room. Live music, outdoor theatre, fairs, opera, trails, family activities and more.

Please Donate

As we close for Winter to tend to the Castle maintenance and plan the 2024 season your donations to our charity are much appreciated. They really do make a huge difference to our survival as a museum and a local historic home. Please help us and donate via our website. Thank you for your support.

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Silver button

This small silver button was attributed by Denys Eyre Bower to the Welsh Jacobite ‘Cycle Club’. This secretive society of wealthy landowners would meet alternately in one anothers’ homes in support of the Stuarts. They held dinner parties where they would make toasts to the ‘King Across the Water’ referring to James II and his descendents, who were exiled to Europe. The button may have belonged to the waistcoat or jacket of one of the members.

Photography by Martin Briggs

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Opening Hours


The Castle, Tea Room and Gift Shop are NOW CLOSED for the Winter season.

We re-open on Sunday 31st March 2024 

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11am-5pm (last entry 4:15pm)


Open daily 7am - 6.30pm except when closed for private functions

Fishing available



Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm