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Chiddingstone Castle
 
Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a unique country house located in the historic village of Chiddingstone in Kent. The original Tudor dwelling was first replaced in the 1670s as High Street House and went through another transformation in the early 1800s to resemble a medieval castle, as was fashionable at the time – Chiddingstone Castle was born!
Chiddingstone Castle
 
Between 1955 and 1977 the Castle was home to the late antiquarian, Denys Eyre Bower. Denys was a gifted collector who devoted his life to collecting art and artefacts. His home is now open to the public and a fully Accredited Museum. The stately rooms exhibit over 4,000 objects from Denys’ collections, including Japanese lacquer, Samurai armour and swords; Ancient Egyptian antiquities; Royal Stuart portraits and Jacobite memorabilia; and Buddhist artefacts.
 
As well as learning from these remarkable and unique collections, visitors can enjoy exploring this fascinating house with rooms such as Denys’ study where one can piece together his eccentric and complicated life, which featured failed marriages and a notorious scandal. A number of Victorian rooms are also open to visitors, including the Castle Kitchen, the Scullery and the Housekeeper’s Room. From the Servants’ Hall group visitors can climb the secret back stairs and discover the Servant’s Bedroom in the attic – a real ‘upstairs downstairs’ experience (accompanied pre-booked groups only).
 
On the first floor there is a new exhibition room (the Streatfeild Room) featuring the history of the Castle and the local area; and in 2015 the Library was opened to visitors for the first time.
 
The beautiful 35 acres of informal grounds which surround the Castle include a lake, woodland, herbaceous borders, a courtyard rose garden and a Victorian Orangery. In 2014, a unique conceptual garden was created – a grass maze called the ‘Fields of Eternity’, a microcosm of Ancient Egypt where visitors can learn about life and the environment in 2000BC, linking the garden to the collections within the house.
 
The Castle is open to the public on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only from Easter to the end of October. A visit to the Castle would not be complete without sampling a light lunch or a traditional cream tea in the Castle’s Tea Room in the former Buttery or outside in the sunny, sheltered courtyard. The Gift Shop is located in the Well Tower and sells a delightful array of local produce, gifts, antiques and second-hand books.
 
Chiddingstone Castle is also an award-winning wedding and function venue; and various major events are held at the Castle throughout each year, such as the Wedding Fair, Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, Summer Vintage Fair, Country Fair and Christmas Fair. For details of all the events and information on all aspects of the Castle, please visit our website: www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or call 01892 870347.
 
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Chiddingstone Castle
Hill Hoath Road
Chiddingstone
Kent
TN8 7AD
 
We have a hands on approach to learning where children can participate in activities relating to the Collections.
 
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