Belmont House & Gardens

Belmont House, Belmont Park, Throwley
Faversham ME13 0HH

The focus of Belmont is the magnificent neo-classical house, but we also have beautiful gardens and the finest private collection of clocks in Britain to explore.

Bexley Museum at Hall Place

Hall Place, Bourne Road
Bexley DA5 1PQ

A fine Grade 1 Listed country house built in 1540 for Sir John Champneis,Lord Mayor of London, and extended in the 17th century. Open to the public with free admission Hall Place is set in beautiful formal gardens on the banks of the River Cray.

Canterbury Cathedral

Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts
Canterbury CT1 2EH

Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site.

Canterbury Tales, The

St Margaret's Street,
Canterbury CT1 2TG

Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era? At The Canterbury Tales you can do just that. Step into medieval Canterbury and accompany Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful pilgrims on their magical journey from London to the Shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury. Along the way, their stories of love, romance, jealousy and trickery are vividly re-created with all the humour of Chaucer's famous tales. The Canterbury Tale is a fascinating and accurate portrayal of life in medieval England during the 14th century.

Canterbury West Gate Towers

St Peter's Street
Canterbury CT1 1TF

After the Cathedral, the West Gate is Canterbury's next eye-catching landmark. It has stood for six centuries on guard over the road to and from London. It is the largest surviving medieval gate in England.

Capel-le-Ferne Memorial

Battle of Britain Memorial, New Dover Road, Capel-le-Ferne
Folkestone CT18 7JJ

A striking memorial to those who flew and those who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain stands on the White Cliffs between Dover and Folkestone at Capel le Ferne. It is an ideal location and one which was all too familiar to both the RAF and the Luftwaffe during that desperate summer of 1940.

Chantry Heritage Centre

Fort Gardens, Commercial Place
Gravesend DA12 2BH

The oldest surviving 14th century building in the Borough of Gravesham. The building fell into disuse after the Reformation. The chapel became an inn towards the end of the 17th century, and later became part of the fort and defence works erected on the site. Today the building is promoted as the Chantry Heritage Centre and houses a range of exhibits relating to Gravesend, Northfleet and the nearby villages.

Chartwell - National Trust

Mapleton Road
Westerham TN16 1PS

Bought by Sir Winston Churchill for its magnificent views over the Weald of Kent to Sussex, Chartwell was his home and the place from which he drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life.

Chiddingstone Castle

Hill Hoath Road
Edenbridge TN8 7AD

Home to a fascinating collection of Japanese Samurai armour, Buddhist figures, Ancient Egyptian artefacts,Jacobite and Stuart paintings and memorabilia. All were collected by the last owner of the castle, Denys Bower.

Crofton Roman Villa

Crofton Road
Orpington BR6 8AF

Crofton Roman Villa is the only villa open to the public in Greater London. It was inhabited from about AD 140 to 400 and was the centre of a large farming estate.

Deal Castle - English Heritage

Victoria Road
Deal CT14 7BA

For a day out of adventure and exploration, where kids can imagine life as a soldier visit Deal Castle. Dare the whole family to explore the dark passages that wind through the huge bastions and discover the castle's history from the interactive exhibition.

Dover Castle - English Heritage

Dover CT16 1HU

Set high above the famous white cliffs, Dover Castle boasts a colourful and fascinating history. The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors. Then delve deep within Dover's White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War.

Down House - Home of Charles Darwin

Down House
Downe BR6 7JT

An intimate window into the life of England's best known scientist. It was from his study at Down House that Charles Darwin worked on the scientific theories that culminated in a book 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection' that both scandalised and revolutionised Victorian Britain.

Drop Redoubt

Drop Redoubt Road
Dover CT17 9AP

The Drop Redoubt together with the Western Heights, forms the largest Napoleonic fortress in Britain. They are an excellent example of British defence from the Napoleonic period right through to the Second World War.

Fort Amherst Heritage Trust

Dock Road
Chatham ME4 4UB

Fort Amherst, based in Chatham, Medway, Kent, is Britain's largest Napoleonic Fortress and provides a great day out for all the family. Visitors can enjoy: over 300 years of military history with an amazing network of underground passageways, historic buildings and gun emplacements all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland.

Grand Shaft Staircase

c/o Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street
Dover CT16 1DL

Triple spiral staircase built 1803-1809 connecting grand shaft barracks on the cliff top with Snargate Street at sea level.

Gravesend Cold War Bunker

Woodlands Park, Wrotham Road
Gravesend DA11 0QF

Gravesend's secret Cold War bunker was an underground command post, built in 1954, from which Gravesend's rescue and emergency services were to be co-ordinated in the event of a nuclear attack. Its 13 rooms contained power and ventilation plant, communications areas for the command staff and dormitories.

Groombridge Place

Tunbridge Wells TN3 9QG

A visit to Groombridge Place will give you an unforgettable day whether you come as garden enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the sights and scents of the 17th century formal walled gardens; or with your family to discover the secret, quirky and mysterious gardens of the ancient forest where children's imagination will run wild; or for one of our many popular special events.

Hall Place & Gardens

Bourne Road
Bexley DA5 1PQ

Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor country house originally built in 1537 and also with a 17th century courtyard built by later owner Sir Robert Austen.

Herne Windmill

c/o 46 Windmill Road
Herne Bay CT6 7DF

Herne Mill is a Kentish smock windmill dating from 1789. It is Grade I listed and is owned by Kent County Council and cared for by the Friends of Herne Mill. The latest in a long line of mills which have occupied the site for centuries, the windmill is a local landmark on the skyline above the ancient village of Herne in Kent.

Hever Castle & Gardens

Hever Road
Nr Edenbridge TN8 7NG

700 years of history to be discovered at this 13th century double moated romantic castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and housing an important collection of Tudor portraits, fine furniture, tapestries and artefacts. The natural and formal gardens include Italian Gardens with a magnificent collection of Italian statuary, many of which are over 2000 years old, topiary, grottoes, fountains, boating lake, yew and water maze and adventure playground with Henry VIII tower maze.

Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard
Chatham ME4 4TZ

A unique, award winning maritime heritage destination with a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore, plus a fabulous programme of temporary exhibitions at No 1 Smithery. Make rope on the Victorian Ropery Tour; be gripped by stories of life aboard our three historic warships and hear of heroic stories in the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection.

Ightham Mote - National Trust

Ivy Hatch
Sevenoaks TN15 0NT

Superb 14th-century moated manor house: * See the results of the Trust's largest ever conservation project * Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling * Grade I listed dog kennel * Lovely gardens, with lakeside and woodland walks, in a secluded valley.

Kent Life

Lock Lane, Sandling
Maidstone ME14 3AU

There's so much new to do at Kent's premier heritage farm attraction. Agricultural tools and machinery, social history - domestic life, working life and the life of hop pickers.

Knole - National Trust

Knole House
Sevenoaks TN15 0RP

Knole is one of England's most important, complete, yet fragile historic houses, set at the heart of Kent's last remaining medieval deer park. * Rare collection of Royal Stuart furniture * Important portraits by Van Dyke, Gainsborough and Reynolds * Birthplace of novelist and poet Vita Sackville-West * Magnificent 1,000-acre deer park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle
Maidstone ME17 1PL

Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle's history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.

Light Vessel 21

Pier Approach Road Gillingham Pier
Gillingham ME7 1RX

Ahoy. LV21 is a 40 metre steel-hulled lightship being transformed into a floating cultural facility and maritime heritage centre. Designed to provide a range of services promoting and supporting the creative industries in the Medway area and beyond, whilst celebrating and honouring the maritime traditions of the vessel, LV21 is set to become an iconic landmark on the river Medway.

Lullingstone Roman Villa - English Heritage

Nr Swanley DA4 0JA

Among the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain, Lullingstone has been vividly re-displayed, providing a unique - and all-weather - opportunity to trace Roman domestic life over three centuries. Set in the attractive surroundings of the Darent Valley, the villa was begun in about AD 100, and developed to suit the tastes and beliefs of successive wealthy owners.

Maison Dieu - English Heritage

Maison Dieu
Faversham ME13 8NS

Originating as a 13th-century wayside hospital, this flint and timber-framed building now displays Roman artefacts from nearby sites.

Meopham Windmill

Wrotham Road, Meopham
Gravesham DA13 0QA

The Meopham Windmill was built in 1801 by the three Killick brothers reputedly from old ships timbers purchased from Chatham Dockyard. It was built to a 'smock' design similar to the brothers' other mill at Strood; the name derives from the similarity to the garment worn by agricultural workers in earlier times.

New Tavern Fort

Milton Place
Gravesham DA12 2BT

The New Tavern Fort is the remains of an 18th century fort situated within the Fort Gardens and built in the 1780s to defend the Thames against the threat of a naval attack from France and extensively rebuilt by General Gordon between 1865 and 1879. Come along and venture into the mysterious underground world of the Victorian artilleryman and see the magazines and full size reconstructions of scenes from Gravesend during the Second World War.

Old Soar Manor - National Trust

Borough Green TN15 0QX

This is all that is left of the manor house of c. 1290 which stood here until the 18th century.

Owletts - National Trust

The Street, Cobham
Gravesend DA12 3AP

The former home of Sir Herbert Baker, the architect, famous for his work in India (where he worked with Lutyens) and South Africa, the house has a Carolean staircase and plasterwork ceiling and a large kitchen garden.

Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, The

Parish Church of St Mary of Charity, Church Road
Faversham ME13 8GZ

The Parish Church of St Mary of Charity is set in the heart of the historic Market Town of Faversham, Kent. It has a wealth of artefacts for visitors to see including a medieval painted column (1306) - one of the finest examples in Britain today; brasses and 16th century misericords; and the likely resting place of King Stephen and Queen Matilda.

Parks & Gardens UK

Parks and Gardens Data Services, The Carley Partnership, St James's House, 8 Overcliffe
Gravesend DA11 0HJ

Parks & Gardens UK is a leading online resource dedicated to historic parks and gardens across the whole of the United Kingdom. The information on the website is available free of charge.

Penshurst Place & Gardens

Penshurst Place Penshurst
Tonbridge TN11 8DG

Though at its heart a medieval and Tudor building, the house has been modified and extended over the centuries. Eight architectural styles are evident, with plenty for visitors to explore in it's fascinating history - and still many mysteries to be revealed. Penshurst Place has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552.

Powell-Cotton Museum

Quex Park, Park Lane
Birchington CT7 0BH

Museum created by PHG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) housing his collections from 25 expeditions to Africa and 5 trips to SE Asia between 1889 and 1939 (26 years actually on African soil). Three galleries of amazing animal diorama displays - the finest in this country - depicting more than 250 African and Asian mammals against their natural habitats.

Quebec House - National Trust

Quebec House
Westerham TN16 1TD

Childhood home of General James Wolfe. * Unique collection of Georgian memorabilia * Fascinating Battle of Quebec exhibition * Gabled red brick 17th-century house.

Ramsgate Tunnels

Marina Esplanade
Ramsgate CT11 8NA

The tunnels, which were dug prior to the start of WWII, at the behest of the then Mayor ABC Kemp, designed to hold 60,000 people, and spanning some 3 1/4 miles beneath the town of Ramsgate. They incorporate a 3/4 mile long Victorian railway tunnel as well as a labyrinth of chalk tunnels which are 7 x 6ft.

Red House - National Trust

Red House Lane
Bexleyheath DA6 8JF

Commissioned by William Morris in 1859 and designed by Philip Webb, Red House is of enormous international significance in the history of domestic architecture and garden design. The unique building is constructed of warm red brick, under a steep red-tiled roof, with an emphasis on natural materials and a strong Gothic influence.

Richborough Roman Fort & Amphitheatre - English Heritage

Sandwich CT13 9JW

Witnessing both the beginning and almost the end of Roman rule in Britain, Richbourough Roman Fort & Amphitheatre is an inspirational and fascinating day out. With plenty of space for adults to relax and children to play this is the perfect place for a family picnic.

RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection

Lifeboat., The Historic Dockyard
Chatham ME4 4TZ

Housed in an 1848 covered slip, the Lifeboat Gallery contains 17 historic boats, many of which earned their Coxswains RNLI bravery medals. From an 1897 pulling and sailing lifeboat, to the familiar Arun class and Blue Peter inflatable inshore lifeboats, visitors can explore how lifeboats have evolved over the past century.

Rochester Castle

Castle Hill
Rochester ME1 1SW

Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Its Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built about 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the encouragement of Henry I. Consisting of three floors above a basement, it still stands 113 feet high. Attached is a tall protruding forebuilding, with its own set of defences to pass through before the keep itself could be entered at first floor level. In 1215, garrisoned by rebel barons, the castle endured an epic siege by King John. Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the sixteenth century.

Rochester Cathedral

Chapter Office, Garth House, The Precinct
Rochester ME1 1SX

Rochester Cathedral is England's second oldest cathedral, having been founded in 604AD by Bishop Justus. The present building dates back to the work of the French monk, Gundulf, in 1080.

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

New Romney Station
New Romney TN28 8LG

First opened to traffic in July 1927 as the 'World's Smallest Public Railway' and now covering a distance of 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port of Hythe, near the channel tunnel, to the fishermen's cottages and lighthouses at Dungeness.

Scotney Castle - National Trust

Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JN

The moated 14th century castle and landscape of Scotney together make this one of England's most romantic places. Created in the 1830s by Edward Hussey who had the imagination to transform the medieval Scotney Castle from derelict dwelling to quaint ruin, thus forming the focus of his picturesque landscape garden, which he called his pleasure gardens.

Sissinghurst Castle - National Trust

Sissinghurst, nr. Cranbrook
nr. Cranbrook TN17 2AB

One of the world's most celebrated gardens, the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.

Smallhythe Place - National Trust

Tenterden TN30 7NG

Ellen Terry's early 16th-century house and cottage gardens. The half-timbered house, built for the harbourmaster in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shiphuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 and contains her fascinating theatre collection.

South Foreland Lighthouse - National Trust

The Front, St Margaret
Dover CT15 6HP

A striking landmark on the White Cliffs of Dover, this historic building was the site of Faraday's work in pioneering the use of electricity in lighthouses, and was the first to display an electrically powered signal. South Foreland was also used by Marconi for his successful wireless telegraphy experiments in 1898.

St Augustine's Abbey - English Heritage


This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent, it is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site, along with the cathedral and St Martin's Church. The impressive abbey is situated outside the city walls and is sometimes missed by visitors.

Stoneacre - National Trust

Maidstone ME15 8RS

15th-century half-timbered yeoman's house, featuring a great hall and surrounded by glorious garden, orchard and meadows. A perfect example of a Wealden Hall-House, it is full of beautiful collections of furniture, wood and metal work.

Timeball Tower

Victoria Parade
Deal CT14 7BP

Originally in 1796 a Shutter Telegraph station, the current Tower was built in 1821 as a Semaphore Tower but was later equipped with a Timeball which was raised on a mast on the roof and dropped at 1 pm by a signal fron Greenwich so that the many ships anchored off shore could check their chronometers. There are 4 floors of exhibits, video and interactive displays of signalling, timekeeping & navigation equipment.

Upnor Castle - English Heritage

Upnor ME2 4XG

Set in tranquil grounds adjoining a riverside village, this rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort was begun in 1559 and redeveloped in 1599-1601, to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Despite a brave attempt, it entirely failed to do so in 1667, when the Dutch sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor.

Walmer Castle & Gardens - English Heritage

Kingsdown Road
Walmer CT14 7LJ

Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. Originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre

Ash Road
Sandwich CT13 9JB

White Mill is a smock mill which retains its original wooden machinery and was restored between 1961 and 1981. It is surrounded by the original outbuildings and millers cottage. White Mill was built in 1760 and still has most of its original wooden machinery.