Do we allow dogs in the grounds?
We welcome dogs in the grounds as long as they’re kept on leads at all times. With the exception of assistance dogs, dogs are now allowed in the Historic House and Collections.
Is Chiddingstone Castle a member of the National Trust?
Chiddingstone Castle is privately owned by The Denys Eyre Bower Bequest Trust and we are not a member of the National Trust. However, we are members of the Historic Houses Association and accept their membership cards throughout out open season but not on special event days.
Can we visit the tea room without paying entry to the Historic House?
Yes you can visit our Tea Room without paying entry to the Historic House. You can access the Tea Room by walking to the South side of the Castle and entering via the Gift Shop.
Where can I park?
Chiddingstone Castle has a large car park that is suitable for coaches.
Do you charge for parking?
We don’t charge for parking but we do have an honesty box in the car park where we welcome donations for the upkeep of the grounds. We are a charity that doesn’t receive regular public funding so all pennies are very welcome.
Can we get to Chiddingstone Castle by public transport?
If you are travelling to us by train, our cloest stations are Penshurst, Cowden, Hever, Edenbridge, Hildenborough, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Do make sure you book a taxi ahead of time as not all of these stations have permanent taxi ranks.
Is there disabled access?
Yes disabled parking is available in our car park and the historic house can be accessible by ramp. Please be aware that some rooms are not accesisible by wheelchair as we do not have a lift but there are interpretations for these rooms in the Housekeeper’s Room.