A few minutes’ walk from The Castle Inn is Chiddingstone Castle: dating back to Tudor times, the building was remodelled in the ‘medieval castle-style’ of the early 19th century by a former High Sheriff of Kent. Seek out the fascinating exhibition exploring the history of the castle and the village, wonder at Denys Eyre Bower’s impressive collection of art and antiques amassed or enjoy along woodland walks around the estate.
Less than 4 miles, 9 minutes’ drive from us is Hever Castle: soak up 700 years of history at this picture-postcard 13th century castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. Explore inside this romantic double-moated fortress, then take a boat out on the lake, get lost in the yew maze or let the children have a splashing time in the water maze – an ‘amaze-ing’ day out for all the family!
Less than 4 miles, 10 minutes’ drive from us is Bough Beech: a haven for wildlife, this is one of the most visited birdwatching sites in the south east. Many bird species can be seen throughout the year and it is especially important for migrating osprey. Young wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting toads, dragonflies, butterflies and great crested newts. Don’t forget to visit our sister pub-restaurant, The Wheatsheaf at Bough Beech.
Less than 5 miles, 11-minute drive from us is Penshurst Place and Gardens: combine a history lesson with a family fun day out at this grand stately home, built in 1341. Take a tour of the 10 rooms open to the public including the impressive medieval Baron’s Hall. As well as formal grounds and gardens, there is 2,500 acres of parkland to explore by foot or by bike.
Less than 6 miles, 13 minutes’ drive from us is Chartwell: the family home of one of Britain’s best-known Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill, many of the rooms remain just as they were when he lived there. As well as the house, enjoy a walk around the hillside gardens or head into the woods along one of the looped trails. Children will love the natural play areas.
Less than 7 miles, 16 minutes’ drive from us is Emmetts Garden: owned by the National Trust, this stunning garden contains many exotic plants, trees and shrubs from around the world and has one of the highest spots in Kent. Perfect for the garden lover all year round or share a walk round the gardens with your dog as they are allowed in all corners of the estate.