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 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.
35 acres of informal grounds
Take a tour above the Castle
Fly over the grounds.
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
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CASTLE, COLLECTIONS & TEA ROOM
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)
GROUNDS AND LAKE
Open daily 7am - 6.30pm except when closed for private functions
WEDDINGS, FILM SHOOTS AND PRIVATE BOOKINGS ENQUIRIES
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm