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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Kent

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Kent...

Kent Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

blank tabCHIDDINGSTONE CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD
Re-modelled in the late Georgian "castle style", this enchanting fantasy dates back five hundred years.

It houses fabulous collections of the late owner Denys Bower - historic furnishings and paintings, Royal Stuart memorabilia, Japanese lacquer, Egyptian and Buddhist antiquities.

Picturesque extensive parkland and lake, as well as our award winning orangery.

Children's activity rooms available with admission ticket.
Tel: 01892 870347
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blank tabROCHESTER CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
The Keep, Rochester
Rochester Castle is one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England.

The castle has had a chequered history, having been three times subjected to siege and in 1215 partly demolished by King John, who gained entry by undermining the south-east tower, using the fat from 40 pigs to set fire to the pit props.

A model has been installed in the castle’s chapel showing how the castle would have looked in the 14th century.
Tel: 01634 402276
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tabCRANBROOK UNION MILLCastles & Historic Monuments
The Hill, Cranbrook, Kent

A fine working smock mill and one of the tallest in the country. Built in 1814 and still grinding corn today for demonstration. In 2003/2004 complete restoration work was carried out by Kent County Council in restoring the original Kentish sweeps to their former glory.
Tel: 01580 712256 / 712984

tabHEVER CASTLE & GARDENSCastles & Historic Monuments
Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

Childhood home of Ann Boleyn, dating back to 1270. Step back into the splendour of the Tudor Court as it is recreated with costumed figures, displays and portraits. Plus 35-acres of Italian gardens featuring a lake, maze, Tudor Garden, herb garden and unique 'splashing' water maze. Adventure playground including NEW Henry VIII's Tower Maze, gift shop, garden shop, restaurants.
Tel: 01732 865224
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Old Soar Manor

Plaxtol, Borough Green, TN15 0QX
Tel: 01732 810378     E-mail:

Old Soar Manor Photo  Ron Strutt
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Remains of a late 13th-century knight’s dwelling.

This is all that is left of the manor house of c. 1290 which stood here until the 18th century.

The solar chamber over a barrel-vaulted undercroft was once inhabited by a medieval knight.

Discount National Trust Membership

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South Foreland Lighthouse

The Front, St. Margarets Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6HP
Tel: 01304 852463    E-mail:



High upon the famous White Cliffs stands this magnificent lighthouse, built in 1843.

This historic building was the site of Faraday's work in pioneering the use of electricity in lighthouses, and was the first to display an electrically powered signal.

The lighthouse was used by Marconi about 100 years ago to perform radio telegraphy experiments.

The world's first international radio transmissions were made here.

Enjoy a relaxed guided tour and discover what makes this lighthouse so special.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Fishbourne Palace

Fishbourne Palace Photo © Lynne Glazzard
Fishbourne Palace -
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Luck is a funny thing. In 1960, excavations for a water main in Fishbourne, just west of Chichester, uncovered some Roman artefacts.

What could have been a routine gathering of a few items for the local museum turned into a remarkable discovery, a massive Roman palace, with over 100 rooms from the first century AD.

The Fishbourne Palace has twenty mosaic floors that are almost completely intact, located where their builders created them. More...

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Richborough Castle

Richborough, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9JW
: 01304 612013

It was here that the Romans launched their successful invasion of Britain in 43 AD. Dover and the surrounding areas are rich in ancient Roman ruins, and Richborough is an example of one of the most impressive forts, of which many of the walls and defensive ditches survive. There is a model showing how the fort looked when it was first built. You can enjoy taped tours of this fascinating landmark.

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Dover Castle

Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU
: 01304 211067

Dover Castle is without doubt one of the finest, most complete castles in the world, and is one of English Heritage's premier sites. Dover Castle is the "Key of England" and has over 2000 years of history on one site. There is an Iron Age fort, a Roman lighthouse, a Saxon church, and a Norman keep. Deep within the White Cliffs of Dover, below the castle, is a network of secret tunnels, first built during the Napoleonic period and expanded during World War II to accommodate a hospital and operations centre.

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Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Dartford, Kent, DA4 0JA
Tel: 01322 863467

Situated in a picturesque river valley and complete with wall paintings, superb mosaic tiled floors and even skeletal remains, the villa is one of the most exciting archaeological finds to date. The free audio tour gives a unique glimpse into Roman middle-class life. English Heritage.

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Deal Castle

Victoria Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BA
: 01304 372762

Deal Castle was Henry 8th austere fortress, and once carried 119 guns. This fascinating, well kept castle has lots for you to explore, such as the battlements, the dark twisting passages, and the huge basement which contains a fine exhibition of England's coastal defences. You can enjoy a taped tour, which is available in several languages, and children get a free activity sheet so they'll make the most out of their visit to Deal Castle.

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Walmer Castle

Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ
: 01304 364288

Walmer Castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry VIII's chain of coastal defences. Over the centuries it has transformed from a fortress to a beautiful stately home with exceptional gardens. It is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, currently the Queen Mother. Taped tours are available in several languages.

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Old Bayham Abbey

Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8BE
: 01892 890381

Beautiful and evocative ruins of an early 13th century French abbey set in the picturesque wooded valley of the River Teise. Preserved and landscaped in the 18th century by Humphrey Repton. English Heritage.

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Willesborough Windmill - Ashford

Tel: 01233 661866

Working windmill.

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Woodchurch Windmill - Woodchurch

Tel: 01233 860649

Working windmill.

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