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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GROUNDS AND LAKE
Open daily 7am - 6.30pm
CASTLE, COLLECTIONS & TEA ROOM
The Castle and Tea Room are open 3rd April - 26th October 2022 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11am-5pm (last entry 4:15pm)
WEDDINGS, EDUCATION AND PRIVATE BOOKINGS ENQUIRIES
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm