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Inter-active displays, life size models, dramatic lighting, special effects and a personal audio tour excitingly re-create the life and atmosphere of Tonbridge Castle over 700 years.

Beautiful childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor with stunning gardens and fantastic events.


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Owned by Knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and society Victorians, this moated manor dates from 1320 reflecting seven centuries of history from the Medieval crypt, to a 1950’s library.

A fine working Smock Mill and one of tallest in the country. Built in 1814 and still grinding corn today for demonstration. Admission Free, donations welcome.

The mill is managed by a group of volunteers, who open the mill to the public during summer afternoons, usually from 2:30-5:00pm.

An historic mansion, home to the Hart Dyke family for over 600 years, which was frequented by Queen Anne and Henry VIII and garden that includes plants personally collected by Tom Hart Dyke on his world travels.

Sitting proudly at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole’s fascinating links with royalty as well as its literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England.

Set in a tranquil garden and housed in a delightful timber-framed building dating from 1480, the museum contains some 6,000 exhibits encapsulating the Cranbrook of times past.

Cranbrook Museum opening times 2021:

  • Wed & Sat afternoons from 19 May at 2pm-4.30pm until 19 June.
  • From 22 June, Tues- Sat inclusive 2pm-4.30pm.
  • In August, Sundays and bank holidays are added to the schedule, open at the same times.
  • Winter timetable to be confirmed.

Set in 35 acres of beautiful grounds, this stunning 16th Century country house features an extensive collection of exotic antiquities, a lake, rose garden, woodland and award winning orangery.

Family home of Sir Winston Churchill with house full of beautifully preserved memorabilia and stunning gardens commanding spectacular views over the Weald of Kent.

Discovered over 400 years ago, by Lord North who felt rejuvenated from drinking the cool water, The Chalybeate Spring is situated in heart of the historic Pantiles.

The Chalybeate spring water was served by someone called a ‘Dipper’ for a small fee – not for the water, which has always been designated as belonging to the people, but for being served the medicinal solution in a genteel fashion. This tradition carries on today when circumstances allow. Usually in the summer it can be possible to sample the cool Chalybeate Spring water served by a costumed dipper, provided the water is flowing, it is a natural phenomenon after all!

The spring and is open to admire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please check about whether water is being served before making a special trip, by contacting the Tourist Information Centre.

After taking the water, you too can adjourn to a local café or inn and partake of further refreshments then perhaps some shopping in the delightfully historic alleyways of The Pantiles.

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