Your guide to Culture & Heritage near Chilston Park

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While you enjoy a relaxing stay at Chilston Park Hotel in Kent, visit the wonderful cultural and heritage attractions on offer in the surrounding area of South East Kent.

 

Things to do near Chilston Park Hotel.


Canterbury Cathedral

 

Distance from Chilston Park Hotel: 19.8 miles

St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since, the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
 
The Cathedral houses a Romanesque Crypt, dating back to the 11th century, a 12th century early Gothic Quire and a 14th Century Perpendicular Nave. Beautiful medieval stained glass windows illustrate miracles and stories associated with St Thomas.

For further details, please visit the Canterbury Cathedral website

 

Dickens World

 

Distance from Chilston Park Hotel: 17.9 miles 

Dickens World is an innovative and exciting indoor visitor complex themed around the life, books and times of one of Britain's best loved authors. It takes visitors on a fascinating journey of Charles Dickens lifetime as you step back into Dickensian England and are literally immersed in the urban streets, sounds and smells of the early 19th century. There are a host of exciting attractions within the site, along with a cast of colourful nice n' nasty Charles Dickens characters to meet.

For further details, please visit the Dickens World Website

  

Doddington Place & Gardens

Distance from Chilston Park Hotel: 6.1 miles 

Enjoy a country estate experience with something for all the family to enjoy – from stunning gardens to birds of prey, treasure hunt events and nature walks.  Surrounded by wooded countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the lovely landscaped gardens are set in the grounds of an imposing Victorian mansion and cover ten acres.

 For further details, please visit Doddington Website

 

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery

 

Distance from Chilston Park Hotel: 9.5 miles

Maidstone Museum was established in 1858 and now houses over 660,000 artefacts and specimens. It is housed in a charming Elizabethan Manor House, in the centre of Maidstone - Kent's County Town. Each gallery will fascinate and surprise; with a wealth of exhibits and objects to see and enjoy as well as regular storytelling and children's holiday activities.

For more details on tickets, visit the Maidstone Museum Website

 

Hever Castle and Gardens

 

Distance from Chilston Park – 35 miles approximately 1 hour and 10mins

Discover 700 years of history at the romantic double moated, 13th century castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Explore 125 acres of formal and natural landscape in magnificent gardens. Have fun in the yew and water mazes (open April-October weather permitting) or try rowing on the lake. Adventure Playground, Miniature Model Houses, Restaurants and Shops.

Website - www.hevercastle.co.uk

  

Rochester Castle

 

Distance from Chilston Park – 18 miles approximately 40mins

One of the best-preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Dramatic views across the River Medway can be seen from its great keep, once of the tallest in the country! Learn about the 1215 seige of King John and how this changed the appearance of the castle. Visitors can hear all about the castle life through the audio guide.

Website - http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/rochester-castle

 

Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours

 

Distance from Chilston Park – 16.6 miles approximately 40 mins

Join an award-winning guided tour and go behind the scenes at Shepherd Neame – Britain’s Oldest Brewer. See traditional mash tuns; taste natural mineral water from the brewery’s well; try some malted barley and smell locally-grown Kentish hops. Finally there’s an enlightening tutored tasting – audience participation encouraged!

Website - http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/tours-functions/brewery-tours

 

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

 

Distance from Chilston Park – 19.6 miles approximately 35 mins

Exciting, award-winning maritime heritage museum, galleries and attractions including Three Historic Warships, Victoria Ropery, Historic Lifeboat Collection and play areas. No, 1 Smithery has brilliant galleries displaying world class maritime treasures from two national museums and a changing programme of temporary exhibition and family activities.

Website – www.thedockyard.co.uk 

 

Turner Contemporary

 

Distance from Chilston Park – 38.4 miles approximately 55 mins

Margate’s stunning seafront gallery, inspired by Britain’s’ best-loved painter JMW Turner, offers a rich rolling programme of exhibitions featuring work by leading contemporary artists and original works by Turner.

Website – www.turnercontemporary.org

 

Belmont House and Garden 

 

Distance from Chilston Park – 12 miles approximately 25 mins

Charming 18th century house set in parkland with extensive gardens and commanding stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside. Belmont contains fine paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and the finest and most extensive private collection of clocks and watches in the country.

Website – www.belmont-house.org

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