Winter at the Castle

The Castle, Collections, Tea Room and Gift Shop are now closed after a very successful open season, thank you to all who visited. We will reopen for the 2019 season on Sunday 31st March 2019.


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


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.

Podcasts 2018

With our 2019 Literary Festival fast approaching we thought you might enjoy listening to some of last year’s highlights via our podcasts.  This week why not listen to…

Meet the Children's Laureate | Lauren Child with Imogen Lycett Green

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018

Children’s Short Story Competition

We are delighted to launch our annual SHORT STORY COMPETITION.  500-word entries are invited from all children with categories for ages 7-9 and 10-13, please click the button below for details.  Winning entries will be read out at the Literary Festival by voiceover artist Rachel Sellers and published in Scoop Children’s Magazine. (   Winners will receive free tickets (1 adult + 1 child) to see bestselling author A F Harrold and illustrator Emily Gravett at the Festival Family Day on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May and receive a signed copy of their latest book The Afterwards. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 15th March 2019

Planning a celebration?

Venue Hire

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


Cuneiform tablet

Our Object of the Month for February is this tiny clay tablet inscribed with cuneiform script. Cuneiform is the oldest type of writing in the world, and was used to record everything from histories and epic tales to receipts. 

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


Currently closed but will reopen from Sunday 31st March - Wednesday 30th October 2019

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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