Photo: Chiddingstone Village Copyright NationalTrust.org.uk David Sellman
Our Pick of the Top 5 Best Things to Do in Chiddingstone
As one of the most perfectly preserved Tudor villages in England, Chiddingstone is the ideal place for a day out. Here we pick our top five of the best things to do there.
For the architecture fans
First of all, a wander around the village itself is an absolute must. Chiddingstone is of the most beautifully preserved Tudor villages in the country. The picture-perfect buildings here are an Instagrammer’s dream. Such is the significance of the architecture that the entire village was purchased by the National Trust back in the 1930’s. We love to simply enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village taking in the interesting architectural details.
For the history fans
One of the highlights of the village is undoubtedly the atmospheric Chiddingstone Castle. Chiddingstone Castle dates back to Tudor times. The building was later remodelled in the ‘medieval castle-style’ of the early 19th century by former High Sheriff of Kent, Henry Streatfeild. More recently, it was home to the avid collector, Denys Eyre Bower. Bower built up an amazing array of everything from Japanese lacquer to samurai armour and Ancient Egyptian treasures. Open on selected days, check online to see what’s on at Chiddingstone Castle.
For the folklore fans
Another of our favourites things to see in the village is the fascinating ‘Chiding Stone’. The Chiding Stone is widely believed to be the inspiration behind the village’s name. This extraordinary rock formation dates back millions of years. A source of many legends, rumour has it that this bewitching boulder was treated as a hallowed site by ancient druids. More recently, it was used as a ‘chiding stone’, where nagging wives were reproached. Today, the chiding stone still holds a sense of mystery and has become an attraction in its own right.
For the shopping fans
It may be a small village but Chiddingstone certainly punches above its weight. The village is also home to what is believed to be the oldest working shop in the country. Dating back to 1453, The Tulip Tree is now a gift shop and grocery store with a fantastic array of gifts, souvenirs and edible treats. The shop once belonged to the father of Anne Boleyn, Thomas Boleyn, who was also the owner of nearby Hever Castle.
For the pub fans
Last but not least, we have to mention our own traditional country pub, The Castle Inn, right at the heart of Chiddingstone village. Dating back to the early 15th century, our atmospheric inn offers a delicious range of dishes for a pub lunch or dinner. With plenty of local produce on the menu, we also stock some great local ales, including Larkins, which is brewed right here in the village. We have a beautiful garden here as well. Although we say so ourselves, we reckon we’re one of the best places to eat near Hever Castle.
Do come down and pay our family-friendly pub a visit. Avoid disappointment, to book a table call us on 01892 870371