About us

 An historic house in West Kent with 400 years of history and a collection of Ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Jacobite and Stuart, and Buddhist objects.

 

A Collector’s Home

Chiddingstone Castle has Tudor origins, Victorian rooms and was remodelled in the 19th century to resemble a medieval castle. It has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people: the Streatfeild family, Lord Astor, military forces during WWII, Long Dene School and the collector Denys Eyre Bower.

In 1955, Bower bought Chiddingstone Castle to house his extensive collections of art and antiquities. His dream was to share his collections with the nation and to preserve them for future generations. After his death in 1977, a charitable trust was set up to honour his wish.

“It is my wish that the collections be kept intact in their present setting so that future generations may enjoy them as I do now.”
Denys Eyre Bower

The experience

A Grade II* historic house

Explore the collections rooms, Great Hall, Victorian Kitchen, Library, Servant’s Hall and discover the history of the castle in the Streatfeild Room.

World-renowned collections

Highlights from the Ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Buddhist, and Jacobite and Stuart collections of Denys Eyre Bower are on display throughout the Castle.

35 acres of informal grounds

Far reaching views of the Greensand Ridge, below the North Downs, an Ancient Egyptian-inspired grass maze, an avenue of Japanese cherry blossom trees and a Victorian Orangery.

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

SUN, MON, TUES, WED AND BANK HOLIDAYS

Until Wed 31st October 2018

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

THURS, FRI, SAT
Available for private hire

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