Welcome to Chiddingstone Castle

The Castle, Tea Rooms, Gift Shop & Vintage Shop are open on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am to 5pm with last entry at 4.15pm

Our 2024 season runs from Sunday 31st March to Wednesday 30th October. Pay us a visit to discover the fascinating Japanese, Stuart and Jacobite, Buddhist, and Ancient Egyptian collections whilst exploring the building. Find out about the previous owners and the history of this historic home. Take in the grandeur of The Great Hall, White Rose Room, Victorian Kitchen, Library, Study, Four Poster Room and Servant’s Hall. If you visit during the summer the inner courtyard is filled with colourful fragrant roses. 

Outside discover the Grade II* listed Victorian Orangery, enchanting woodland walks, a fishing lake and spectacular views across the Kent countryside for all. The quaint castle tea room offers light lunches, traditional cream teas and homemade cakes as well as pre-booked full afternoon teas. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating plus areas available for larger groups and parties when arranged in advance through the castle office. Nestled in the tower is a quirky gift shop and next to it a small vintage shop. Throughout the year the castle also hosts live music afternoons, collection talks, various fairs, children’s workshops and family events. All information can be found on our What’s On page.

The grounds are open every day of the year (except when closed for private functions). Please donate £3 for parking in the honesty box at the car park or online.


Please Donate

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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Chiddingstone Castle
Chiddingstone Castle



Planning a wedding?

Venue Hire

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


Ready for summer weather, our object of the month for July is this Ancient Egyptian wooden headrest, or pillow! The cool wood of the headrest and the air flow around the neck made it possible for people to sleep in the hot, desert climate of Egypt. 

Online Exhibition

Image, Identity, Belonging

Explore highlights from the collections and their meaning to the people who originally made and used them. 

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Opening Hours


The Castle, Tea Room and Gift Shop Opening Hours

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

Sunday 31st March - Wednesday 30th October


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

Fishing available



Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm