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 Chiddingstone Castle is hiring, join our small friendly team and become a part of the Castle behind the scenes.

Shakespeare Live Kent

Chief Executive Officer

Apply by 30th January 2024

Chiddingstone Castle is looking for a forward-thinking and dynamic leader to become our new CEO. An inspiring individual who can bring change, experience and insight to build and operate a fresh approach to fundraising and income generation. The CEO will lead a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and friends already working together to enhance and communicate the public offer, curate the collections, manage and maintain the estate in support of the declared mission and vision.

Providing direction and leadership in key areas through strategic engagement, planning, organisation, staffing and operations, the CEO will work closely with the Board of Trustees and staff to refine, develop, and implement a progressive programme for the Castle’s long-term success through fundraising and conservation management of the collections, building and grounds.

 Chiddingstone Castle is a registered charity left as a ‘gift to the people’ by art collector Denys Eyre Bower in 1977.  

Shakespeare Live Kent

Support the Charity by Joining our Team

Volunteer to suit you – gardening, woodland, general outdoors, tea room, shop, collections, events

Chiddingstone Castle is honoured to have such super volunteers on the team. We enjoy their company and experience. They enjoy getting together with like-minded folk for a morning here and there that suits their own schedule, working on their own tasks or on team projects to help the Castle. If you have some spare time and are looking for something to do, It’s a lot of fun!

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Opening Hours


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)


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

Fishing available



Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm