Wherever you go in Kent, you're never far from an interesting historical site, tourist attraction, or some other place of interest.
Take a ride on the World's smallest public Railway, the Romney, Hythe, & Dymchurch, for example. At the end of the line you can visit the lighthouse at Dungeness.
If history's your thing, Kent is heaven for you! From the awesome Dover Castle, to the majesty of Canterbury Cathedral, Roman Villas to Napoleonic defences, the county has enough to keep even the most ardent history lover happy.
A glance through the pages in this section will give you a world of choices in just one amazing county!
Ellen Terry's 16th century house and cottage gardens lies a few miles south of Tenterden in the village of Smallhythe. The half-timbered house was the homeof the Victorian actress from 1899 to 1928 and contains many personal and theatrical momentoes.
The charming cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and a small pond. It has delightful views over what is now a river valley, but which once was an inlet from the sea with a busy ship building industry.
Attached to the house is Ellen Terry's tiny Barn Theatre, which still has regular performances in the summer months.
This quaint, authentic, preserved country branch line runs steam trains between Tenterden, Wittersham, Northiam and Bodiam. The journey of just over 10 miles winds its way through delightful Wealden countryside.
Vintage steam trains dating from Victorian times will transport you back in time. Refreshments are available at stations and on many trains, or for that special occasion a luxury Pullman dining car offers dinners or Sunday Luncheons.
Special packages are also available for schools and groups. Joint tours are available with Tenterden or Biddenden Vineyards.
A regular daily timetable operates, departing from Tenterden Station at 10.40, 11.15, 13.15, 14.20 and 15.30.
The windmill, a white smock mill built in 1869 onto a two storey red brick base with attached miller's cottage, is now a Grade II* listed building. It incorporates 'patent' type shutters in the Sweeps instead of canvas and Sails, and produced enough power to turn four sets of mill stones as well as the maize and oats crushing/cutting machines. This mill replaced a smaller smock mill (age unknown) which had been in operation previously on the same site and whose sweeps were reported coming very close to the ground. Information received recently states that the current windshaft and brake wheel were reclaimed from that old mill - a common practice amongst millwrights - this could mean that other items were also re-used.
They are happy to open during the week by appointment for Club, Coach or School Visits. For information on booking a wedding or hiring The Barn please write or e-mail.
A restored watermill to visit.
This 17th century watermill at Lower Mersham has been fully restored and still produces flour. There are also some pleasant gardens and a small museum.
Entrance is free.
The windmill overlooks the village from the north with extensive views over the Walland marshes towards the English Channel coast. It is a fine example of a Kentish smock mill and was originally one of a pair of windmills standing on this site, known locally at that time as "The Twins".
Now almost completely restored to a working condition by local craftsmen and enthusiasts, the mill is a familiar local landmark which can be seen for many miles.
Three inspiring murals decorate the walls of Challock Church dedicated to St.Cosmos and St. Damian.
The Lady Chapel Mural was made in 1951 by Rosemary Aldridge and Doreen Lister as a result of a Royal Academy competition
The Chancel Mural, completed in 1956, was painted by John Ward and Gordon Davies.
Supported by donation John and Gordon again collaborated to produce the Millenium mural in 1997. Both artists are now interred in the churchyard.
Godinton House and Gardens have absorbed the history and culture of Kent for over 600 years, creating a visible architectural story dating from the medieval 14th Century.
It is set in the tranquil parkland of the Godinton Estate, on the outskirts of Ashford. It has evolved over many centuries into a refined and much admired stately house. The gardens and grounds are also worthy of note, and many choose to visit the gardens even when the house is closed.
There are refreshments available and a picnic area is a wonderful place to enjoy in the summer months.
Proud producers of quintessential English Wines. Visitors can browse in the wine and fine food shop and stroll on the beautiful herb garden or 20 acres of vineyards.
The newly opened Swan Restaurant is also available for that fine dining experience. They are contactable on 01580 761616 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided Tours are available from April to October on a daily basis, contact them directly for bookings. Prices below.
Biddenden Vineyards are close to the old Wealden village of Biddenden, once home to the legendary Biddenden Maids. The vineyards are Kent's oldest commercial producers.
You can enjoy a tranquil walk through 22 acres of vines and visit the winery and shop which contains a 17th century cider press. Of course you can also enjoy sampling the fine English wines, Kentish ciders and apple juice.
Admission is free and guided tours are available by arrangement.
The South of England Rare Breeds Centre is one of Kent's most popular tourist attractions, especially for families. Rare and traditional breeds of British farm animals - such as 'history on the hoof', cows with handle-bar horns, sheep with long curly fleeces, spotty pigs, ginger pigs, tall ducks....and lots more.
Animals to see and touch. Tractor and Trailer rides, a playground, sandpit and children's paddling pool.
There's a good plant nursery, a gift shop and some wonderful woodland walks. Special Events run throughout the year, from an Easter Bunny Hunt to Christmas Carols in the Barn. You can also watch the rebuilding of a Georgian Farmstead and and see where the most famous pigs in Britain - the Daily Mail Tamworth Two, Butch and Sundance, lived before their deaths in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
It's a great day out for all the family.
WHF is a registered charity that specialises in the breeding of endangered big cats
The Big Cat Sanctuary is not open to the general public and can only be visited as part of a pre-arranged exotic animal experience or by joining one of their photographic workshops.
They offer an amazing, immersive experience staying overnight in their Lodges, where you will feed a big cat, meet the cheetahs, and even walk a puma amongst the UK's largest collection of big cats.
The beautiful Georgian house of Belmont, amid its parkland, commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside and is a completely unspoilt and distinctive example of the work of the architect Samuel Wyatt.
A lifelong passion for horology led the 5th Lord Harris to accumulate one of the largest personal collections of clocks in the country. Six generations of the Harris family have each left their mark on this lovely country house which contains fabulous mementos of the family's history and travels - paintings, furniture, Indian silverware as well as the impressive clock collection. There is also a unique collection of water-colour landscape paintings set in the West Indies by the Trinidadian artist Michel Jean Cazabon (1813-1888).
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