This section has more of an 'eye-spy' feel to it. Basically, there are many hidden structures (natural and man-made) which have been logged in the sub-menu's. All you have to do, is download the list, carry it around with you, and when you get bored and want something to do, jump in the car, get on your bike, or put on your boots and try and find some of them.
KENT ATTRACTIONS LIST...
Bedgebury National Pinetum
Tel: +44 (0)1580 211044/211781
The forestry Commission's superb collection of specimen conifers covering 300 acres with a lake and two streams. There are also some rhododendrons and azaleas and a visitor centre where souvenirs, gifts and local crafts can be purchased. Refreshments; picnic sites.
Beech Court Gardens
Beech Court, Challock
Tel: +44 (0)1233 740735/740641
The gardens are set in ten acres of informal woodland with extensive lawns. Its design was influenced by Inverewe Scotland and the garden has a fine collection of acres, rhododendrons, azaleas, roses, conifers, shrubs, summer borders and autumn colours. Plants and crafts for sale. Tea room; picnic area.
Brogdale Horticultural Trust
Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham
Tel: +44 (0)1795 535286
The National Fruit Collection has 4,000 varieties of fruit in 30 acres of orchards; pears, apples, plums, cherries, currants, quinces, medlars and many other fruits. Citrus displays, an apple exhibition and demonstration gardens. A large plan centre and gift shop. Light refreshments; picnic site.
Church Hill Cottage Gardens
Church Hill Cottage, Church Hill, Charing Heath
Tel: +44 (0)1233 712522
Visitors can enjoy a visit to this cottage-style garden which extends to one-and-a-half acres. Many beds and borders planted with a wide range of shrubs, perennials, hostas, ferns and bulbs creating year-round colour harmony and tranquil informality.
Doddington Place Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)1795 886101
Ten acres of landscaped garden with a formal sunken garden. Edwardian rock garden, a woodland and rhododendron and azalea garden, clipped yews, extensive lawns, avenues and fine trees. Plants for sale when available. Gift shop. Licensed restaurant; picnic site.
East Northdown Farm
Tel: +44 (0)1843 862060
Three-acre gardens with herbaceous borders and mixed plantings of many unusual species of coastal and chalk-loving plants and pets. Nursery. Collection of farmyard animals and play area. Tea rooms; picnic area.
Emmetts Garden (NT)
Tel: +44 (0)1732 750367/750429
Shrub Garden on an 18-acre site adjoining the National Trust's Toys Hill properties and offering wonderful views over the Weald. Emmetts is one of the highest gardens in Kent and has carpets of bluebells in spring, lovely autumn colours, rare trees and shrubs. Small Shops. Tea room; picnic site.
Godinton House Garden
Godinton Park, Ashford
Tel: +44 (0)1233 612669/620773
The gardens were originally laid out in the 18thC and were further extended and improved in the 19thC by Sir Reginald Blomfield with topiary work and formal gardens giving a spacious setting to the house. Picnic site.
Tel: +44 (0)1304 840107
A skilfully-designed seven-acre garden with well-maintained lawns, a tree collection, shrubs, heathers, herbaceous plants, walls and terraces. An annual music festival is held here. Nursery where visitors can buy plants, guidebooks and souvenirs, Tea room; picnic site.
Great Comp Garden
Comp Lane, Borough Green
Tel: +44 (0)1732 882669/886154
An outstanding garden of seven acres with sweeping lawns, tranquil woodland, ruins, terraces and ornaments. It has a collection of trees, shrubs, heathers and perennials. Plants for sale. Teas.
Groombridge Place Gardens
Groombridge Place, Groombridge
Tel: +44 (0)1892 863999
A 17thC restored walled garden, the formal gardens comprise drunken, draughtsman's knot, rose, sculpture and secret gardens. Vineyard and enchanted forest with spring-fed pools. There is also a Raptor Centre and canal boat rise. Shop. Refreshments.
Iden Croft Herbs
Frittenden Road, Staplehurst
Tel: +44 (0)1580 891432
Extensive aromatic herb gardens demonstrating the beauty and use of mature plants. Plants wander through a series of gardens towards a texture and scent garden, then through old doorways into a peaceful pre-Victorian walled garden. National collections of mint and origanum, extensive collections of sedum, thyme and lavender. Small woodland walk and play area for children. Herbal gift shop. Tea room; picnic site.
Marle Place Gardens
Marle Place Road, Brenchley
Tel: +44 (0)1892 722304
Ten acres of romantic and peaceful gardens with topiary, herbaceous borders, plants and ponds in an interesting design around a Grade II Listed building (not open). There is an Edwardian rockery planted with herbs, a herb nursery, woodland walk, a Victorian gazebo and scented walled garden. Self-service teas; picnic site.
Mount Ephraim Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)1227 751496/750940
A nine-acre garden specially noted for its daffodils, rhododendrons, a fine herbaceous border, topiary and rose terraces which lead to a small lake. There is also a water garden, a Japanese rock garden with pools, woodland, orchard walk and a small vineyard. Crafts centre. Gift shop. Cafeteria; picnic site.
Northbourne Court Garden
Northbourne Court, Northbourne
Tel: +44 (0)1304 611281
A fine example of Tudor gardens built on the site of a Saxon king's hunting lodge. There is wide range shrubs and plants on chalk soil, planted around the brick terraces of an earlier Elizabethan mansion. There are also geraniums, fuchsias and grey-foliage plants. Picnic site.
Owl House Gardens
Mount Pleasant, Lamberhurst
Tel: +44 (0)1892 890230/890963
During a visit to Owl House Gardens visitors can take romantic walks though over 16 acres of woodland, dell and sunken gardens featuring azaleas, rhododendrons, spring flowers and rare shrubs. Items for sale.
The Pines Garden
Beach Road, St Margaret's Bay
Tel: +44 (0)1304 852764
Six acres of trees and shrubs, lake and waterfall with a bog garden and rockery. In spring there are many bulbs and flowers to be seen. There is also a gypsy caravan and a statue of Sir Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon. Plants for sale. Picnic site.
Saint John's Jerusalem Garden (NT)
Sutton at Hone
Tel: +44 (0)1892 890651
A large garden, moated by the River Darent, around the former chapel of a 13thC Commandery of the Knights Hospitallers, later rebuilt inside to form a house. A small part of the chapel was converted into a billiard room - this and the large garden are open to visitors.
Scotney Castle Garden (NT)
Tel: +44 (0)1892 891081
One of England's most romantic gardens created by the Hussey family in the 1840s around the attractive ruins of a small 14thC moated castle. There are shrubs, winding paths and good views, as the garden is set on a hillside. The remaining part of the castle contains an exhibition about the Hussey family. Scene of open-air theatre by the moat in the summer. National Trust shop.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Tel: +44 (0)1580 715330
Very popular gardens around the remains of an Elizabethan mansion created by writer Vite Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson who lived there. Famous for its roses in June and July and the small gardens within a whole - white, herb and cottage gardens. There are also lakeside walks and Tudor buildings, including the tower, also partly open to visitors. An exhibition on the property's history is an oast house in the grounds. National Trust and produce shops. Licensed restaurant; picnic site.
Yalding Organic Gardens
Benover Road, Yalding
Tel: +44 (0)1622 814650
The newly created Yalding Organic Gardens depict the 'green' history of gardening through the ages with an 11thC herb garden, Tudor knot garden, 19thC cottage garden and Victorian herbaceous border with 1950's allotment. Light refreshments.
CASTLES & HISTORIC HOUSES (top)
Tel: +44 (0)1892 890381
The impressive ruins of a house of Premonstratensian monks, founded in about 1208 and dissolved under Wolsey in 1525. The remains of St Mary's Church, Bayham consists of the church, all three ranges of claustral buildings and a gatehouse, set in an attractive wooded valley. Open-air events take place from time to time. Shop; picnic site.
Belmont Park, Throwley
Tel: +44 (0)1795 890202
A charming late 18thC country mansion designed by Samuel Wyatt and seat of the Harris family since 1801. Exhibits include the 5th Lord Harris' collection of clocks and mementos of family connections with India. The grounds contain rhododendrons and azaleas, a walled pleasure garden and Pinetum. Souvenirs for sale. Teas available; picnic site.
Boughton Monchelsea Place
Tel: +44 (0)1622 743120
A battlemented Elizebethan manor built of Kentish ragstone in 1567, with Regency alterations. The interior has dress displays, tapestries and furniture and rooms on view include nursery quarters. The house has fine views over the Weald of Kent and there are two walled gardens. Gift shop. Tea room; picnic site.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 866368
The home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death, Chartwell is still much as he left it, the rooms strongly evoking his career and wide interests. They include museum rooms with medals, uniforms and photographs and gifts from all over the world, his study and family dining room. A new exhibition recall Years at Chartwell. A studio in the garden contains many of his paintings and there is also a Golden Rode Walk, Lakes, black swans, Oscar Nemons statue of Sir Winston and his hand-built wall. National Trust shop. Licensed restaurant; picnic site.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 402276
In 1087, the four-storied keep, the tallest in England at 113ft high, was added from 1126-39 and is partly built on the roman city wall, offering excellent views. The rest of the castle was demolished in 1610, leaving just the keep and the curtain walls. Shop. Refreshment kiosk; picnic site.
Tel ; + 44 (0) 01474 824319 / 823371
Cobham Hall dates from 1587 and is former home of the Earls of Darnley, the most famous of whom has the Hon. Ivor Bligh, 8th Earl, who captained the England cricket team in Australia in 1883. Now a girls school, the houses contains work by Inigo Jones, Wyatt and the Adam brothers and the Gilt Hall was decorated by John Webb. It stands in 150 acres of landscpae gardens, designed by Humphrey Repton. Souvenirs for sale. Teas available.
Victoria Road, Deal
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 372762
The Largest of Henry VIIIs series of coastal defenses, Deal Castle was built in 1540 in Tudor-rose shape and restored after World War 11. There are still cannons on the battlements, 119 gun positions, the keep with exhibition of photographs and prints and the gatehouse. The basement has exhibitions on coastal defenses. Hot and cold drinks and ice creams available.
Dover Castle and secret Wartime Tunnels
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 201628
Standing high on the famous White Cliffs Dover Castle has inner bailey and curtain walls, the great keep, Medieval Victorian earthworks, underground works, and All the Queens Men exhibition. The Roman Pharos and Saxon church of St Mary-in Castro stand in the grounds. Secret wartime tunnels provide an interesting tour in the cliffs, Vice-Admiral Ramsays headquarters, exhibition on Dunkerque, communications room and newly opened WWII under-ground hospital.
Tower no 24 High Street Dymchurch
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 873684
One of the Chaim of 74 Martello Towers built between 1805 and 1812 as a Napoleonic defense chain and subsequently used by coastguards until its restoration in 1966. It now houses displays giving historic background of the Martello Tower fortifications.
The ruins of a small 11th C castle residence of a Norman knight. Only the greater part of its high curtain wall and stone hall still stand. Picnic site.
Fort Amherst Heritage Park and Caverns
Dock Road Chatham
Tel: + 44 (0) 01634 847747
A fine old Napoleonic fort, currently under restoration, with 14 acres of batteries, redoubts,bastions and tunnels, a working gun battery and variety of other displays. There is a visitor centre and various events take place throughout the year. Lantern light ghost tours.
Aylesbury Friary, Aylesbury
Tel + 44 (0) 01622 717272
This 13th C friary 14th C cloisters and a shrine. Visitors can also see sculpture and ceramics by contemporary artists and Medieval barns. Shop. Tea rooms.
Great Maytham Hall
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 241346
Great Maytham Hall was built in 1909-10 to the design of Luteyns and incorporates parts of the Old Hall, dating from the 18th C. It has once the home of Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden.
Hever Castles and Gardens
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 865224
A romantic 13th and 15th C castle which was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Previous owners, the Astor family, added the Tudor-style annexe and undertook much restoration. The interior contains fine furniture, paneling and objects dart. A miniature model houses exhibition can be seen in the grounds. The gardens feature a lake with loggia and piazza, classical sculpture in the formal Italian garden, topiary, herb garden and maze. Open air theatre and other events. Shops. Licensed restaurants; picnic site.
Hornes Place Chapel
A small chapel which was erected in 1366 and consecrated in 1386 and was once attached to the neighboring manor house.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 810378
Ightham Mote is one of the best remaining examples of a Medieval manor house, remodelled in the early 16th C. The interior features include 18th C drawing room with Jacobaean fireplace and frieze, Tudor chapel with intricate painted ceiling currently under restoration, great hall and billiard room housing an exhibition Conservation in Action at Ightham Mote. The courtyard has decorated, Tudor and Gothic architecture and there is a garden and woodland walk. An ongoing repair programme in progress. National Trust shop. Tea pavillion: picnic site.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 462100
One of the largest houses in Britain, dating from 1546 and enlarged in 1603, Knole has been the home of the Sackville family ever since. It is richly panelled and furnished in magnificent 17th C silk and cut velvet tapestries, hangings and upholstered seat furnishings. The state rooms contain a collection of portraits including works by Gainsborough and Reynolds and a superb collection of porcelain and silver. The house lies in the middle of a beautiful deer park and there is also a garden. National Trust Shop. Old Brew House tearoom; picnic site.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 765400
Leeds Castle, built upon two islands in a lake, dates from the 9th C and was a favourite home of Medieval queens. Henry VIII converted it from a stronghold to a royal palace but the most recent restoration was in the 1920s when the present collection of art, furniture and tapestries were assembled. There is a unique Dog Collar Museum in the gatehouse. The surrounding parkland has gardens, vineyard, maze, aviaries, duckery and golf course. Many major events throughout the year. Shops. Restaurants; kiosks; barbeques; picnic site.
Tel + 44 (0) 01303 267571
A small castle built in 1360 with a great hall flanked by Norman and Medieval towers and good views. There is an exhibition of toys, dolls and reproduction Medieval brasses, models of English cathedrals and also gardens. Souvenirs. Picnic site.
New Tavern Fort
Fort Gardens, Milton Place Gravesend
Tel : + 44 (0) 01474 536995
An 18-20th C fort with guns and gun emplacements, overlooking the River Thames. There is an extensive underground magazine complex containing restored ammunition storage chambers and an exhibition on Gravesend under World War II aerial bombardment which includes full-size bomb shelters. General Gordon of Khartoum was stationed at the Fort and started ragged schools in the area.
The Old Lighthouse Dungeness
Tel : + 44 (0) 01797 321300
The lighthouse, built in 1904, is one of the highest towers in England and is the fourth lighthouse on this site. But for the construction of the nearby power station which obscured the light, the lighthouse could still be serving mariners. Visitors can see how the lantern was worked and cleaned when in use. Souvenir for sale. Picnic site.
Old Soar Manor
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 810378
The solar block of a late 13th C knights dwelling, raised above ground level, with rectangular hall and chapel.
The Street, Cobham
A red brick house dating from Charles IIs reign and once the home of the architect Sir Herbert Baker. Features include a contemporary staircase, ornate plaster work and kitchen gardens.
Penshurst Place and Gardens
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 870307
One of Englands great Medieval manor houses. Penshurst was already centuries old when Elizabethan courtier-poet Sir Phillip Sidney was born here in 1554. It is still the home of the Sydney family today. The huge barons Hall dates from 1341 and the state rooms feature portraits, tapestries and splendid furniture. Surrounded by 10 acres of formal Tudor gardens, with a toy museum, venture playground, a lake and nature trail. Gift and tuck shop. Restaurant; picnic site.
A mostly 17th C red brick gabled house where one of Englands great soldiers, General Wolfe, spent history years. The four rooms on view contain portraits and prints relating to Wolfe and his family. The walled garden is also open and, in Tudor stableblock, is an interesting exhibition on the Battle of Quebec.
Reculver Towers and Roman Fort
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 740676
12th C twin towers preserved as a navigational aid when the saxon church was demolished in 1809. The ruined walls of a 3rd C Roman short fort can be seen from the outside only. Visitors centre. Picnic area.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 612013
The ruins of the Roman Fort Rutupiae, the main landing place for the Roman invasion of AD43 and later an important supply base. It was first fortified on the 3rd C by triple defenses around a triumphal arch and then by massive, surviving walls of a Saxon shore fort built C AD276. There is a site museum. Gift shop. Soft drinks available; picnic site.
One of the best examples of Norman military architecture still standing, in riverside gardens. Begun in 1987, the four-storied keep, the tallest in England at 113ft high, was added from 1126-39 and is partly built on the Roman city walls, offering excellent views. The rest of the castle was demolished in 1610, leaving just the keep and the curtain walls. Shop. Refreshment kiosk; picnic site. Open all year. No dogs.
St Augustines Abbey
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 767345
The ruins of the once great St Augustines Abbey Church and monastic buildings founded by him in AD598. The remains date from different periods and include the ruins of the smaller, 7th C church of St Pancras and a Norman church. Museum, gift shop. Picnic site.
Saint Leonards Tower
An early Norman keep-like tower, now partially ruined, for external viewing only.
Ellen Terry Memorial Museum, Smallhythe, Tenterden
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 765334
An early 16th C half-timbered house which was the home of actress Dame Ellen Terry for 29 years. The small interior houses a collection of personal and theatrical mementos, costumes and other items belonging to her and other famous actors of the time such as Sir Henry Irving and Sarah Siddons.
South Foreland Lighthouse
St Margarets Bay
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 202756
A Victorian lighthouse, on top of cliffs, once protecting the Goodwin Sands. It was used by Marconi for the first radio contact and has the original light mechanism, an exhibition and good views.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01959 562345 / 563 118
This beautiful manor house, built 1681, has been the Warde family home since 1731 and is still lived in today. It contains fine Italian 18th C English and 17th C Dutch paintings, furniture, porcelain and tapestries all collected by the family in the 18th C. There is also memorabilia of General Wolfs of Quebec, a family friend, landscaped garden and 18th C dovecote. Shop. Tea room.
Tel : + (0) 01622 862871
A small and attractive half-timbered manor house, mainly late 15th C. Visitors can see the great hall, crownpost and several other small rooms. There is a cottage-style garden.
Off London Road, Stone, Faversham
Tel : + (0) 01795 534542
The chapel, in ruins since the 16th century, is the only church to incorporate visible remains of a pagen Roman shrine.
Castle Street, Tonbridge
Tel : + (0) 01732 770929
The remains of this Norman motte-and-bailey castle, in grounds by the River Medway, has models scenes and audio-visual effect depicting life in the 13th C. There are also various static exhibits and views over Tonbridge from the battlements. Audio-guided tours are available. Shop. Picnic site.
High Street, Upper Upnor, Rochester
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 718742
An Elizabethan fort built beside the River Medway opposite Chatham in 1559 to defend the Royal Naval Dockyards. It was enlarged in 1599, the interior containing examples of ammunition and displays relating to the battles against the Dutch in the Medway in 1667. There are canons in the grounds, reputedly recovered from ships sunk in battle. Gift shop. Light refreshments; picnic site.
Walmer Castle and Gardens
Kingsdown Road, Walmer
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 364288
Like its neighbour in Deal, Walmer Castle was built by Henry VIII in Tudor-rose shape and since the 18th C has been the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. It is very well preserved, the interior including exhibits and furnishings relating to some of the past Lord Wellingtons camp bed and famous boots. The attractive gardens with terraces overlooking the channel are also open to visitors. Shop. Picnic site.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 762862 / 762897
Founded as a cathedral in 597, Canterbury is the mother church of the Angelican communion. It has a perpendicular nave, central tower- the Bell Harry, St Augustines Chair, 12th C Gothic quire, notable stained glass windows and a Romanesque crypt. Searching for God Exhibition. The Cathedral is the site of Archbishop Thomas Becketts martyrdom in 1170, whose shrine became one of the most visited by pilgrims in the middle ages, travelling the Pilgrims Way from London and Winchester. Cathedral shop.
The Precinct, Rochester
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 843366 / 401301
Rochester Cathedral was consecrated in 604 AD and the present building initiated by Bishop Gundulf in 1080. The architecture is Norman, Gothic and Early English Perpendicular with a fine crypt, Medieval wall paintings and a magnificent 15th C chapter room doorway. A sound alive system is available for hire in various languages. Shop. Refectory for light refreshments.
WATERMILLS & WINDMILLS (top)
Chart Gunpowder Mills
Westbrook Walk, Faversham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01795 534542
Eighteenth-century watermills which were once part of a royal gunpowder factory and supplied to Nelson and Wellington with gunpowder. They are the only gunpowder mills left in this country and are well restored. Sales area.
The shell of Chillenden Mill houses exhibits of old mills and workings parts of the internal milling equipment. Items for sale.
Crabble Corn Mill
Lower Road, River
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 823292 / 362569
This watermill dates from 1812 and has recently been restored to full working order. Regular demonstrations of flour milling take place and there is a programme of craft and art exhibitions. Gardens. Gift shop. Restaurant; picnic site.
Cranbrook Union windmill
The Hill, Cranbrook
A fine working smock mill, one of the tallest in the country, supporting giant sweeps. The body had the original frame built in 1814. It was named Union windmill because for some years it was owned by a union of local tradesmen. It was restored to full working order from 1982 and now grinds flour. Sales area.
Saint Peters Footpath, Margate
A smock mill built in 1845 and restored to working order by the Drapers Mill Trust between 1965 and 1975. The machinery for working one pair of stones has been restored and a small museum is being developed. Visitors may have a short wait at times as each floor is restricted to a limited number of people. Sales area.
Mill Lane, Herne Bay
An excellent example of an early Kentish smock mill, built in 1789 and now restored and in working condition with original machinery. Demonstrations of mill machinery are given at times. Shop.
Meopham Green, Meopham
The windmill, a fine example of a well-preserved smock mill and Grade I listed building, stands on Meopham Green. It was built 1820 and worked until 1927. The mill is an unusual hexagonal with sweeps and fantail renewed and machinery substantially complete. Sales area.
Stelling Minnis Windmill
Mill Lane, Stelling Minnis
A smock mill with auxiliary oil engine built 1869 on the site of a former mill and worked until the death of the last miller in 1970. The mill and engine are now fully restored. Picnic site.
Rye road, Wittersham
A well-preserved, Grade II Listed post mill dating from 1781. The exterior structure has been fully renovated with great trestle and sweeps in position. There is a small museum display. Sales area. Picnic site.
Mill Lane, Willesborough
Tel : + 44 (0) 01233 661866
Built in 1869, the mill has now been restored as a working smock mill. Visitors can also see the millers cottage, displays in the barn. There is also an industrial heritage museum.
A smock mill now in full working order after 14 years restoration. There is machinery and a photographic exhibition to see and extensive views to the Channel coast. Sales area.
MUSEUMS & HERITAGE CENTRES (top)
A Day at the Wells
Corn Exchange, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 546545
This heritage development provides a walk-through series of realistic scenes, shops and models relating to life in Tunbridge Wells in the 18th C. It is housed in the historic Corn Exchange. The year is 1740 and Beau Nash invites you to take to the waters and mix with 18th C society! Visitors are guided around the tableaux by walkman-style commentaries and music. Gift shop.
Ashford Borough Museum
The Church Yard, Ashford
Former grammar school built in 1635 now housing local history exhibits.
The Bay Museum
Beach Road, St Margarets Bay
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 852764
The museum covers items of local and marine interest during the First and Second World War periods. Programme of temporary exhibitions. Shops.
Brattle Farm Museum
Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 891222
Visitors can see agricultural tractors, machinery, horse-drawn and hand implements, tools and domestic bygones here. There are also oxen, blacksmiths and wheelwrights workshops, and a large collection of vintage cars, motorcycles and bikes and a saddler. Shop.
C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles
Falstaff Antiques, 63-67 High Street, Rolvenden
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 241234
The display includes a unique collection of Morgan cars dating from 1913-1935 and also a 1904 Humber Tri-car, 1929 Morris van and other historic cars, motorcycles and bicycles, with toy and model cars and other related items. Gift shop.
Canterbury Heritage Museum
Stour Street, Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 452747
A time-walk linking the great events, famous people and precious objects from Canterburys 2,000 year story. From the building of the Roman town to the delights of the Rupert Bear Gallery. Award-winning displays creating a leisure-learning experience for all of the family. Here are the real objects from the past to capture your imagination. The museum is housed on the riverbank in a medieval building with oak roofs. Sales area.
The Canterbury Tales
St Margarets Street, Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 454888
A fascinating audio-visual experience in which visitors join Chaucers pilgrims on their journey from Londons Tabard Inn to Thomas Becketts shrine at Canterbury Medieval tales of chivalry and romantic adventure. Told in modern English and related through state of the art technology. Five of Chaucers tales are portrayed with great flair. Gift shop incorporating The Medieval Wine Merchant, The Medieval market and The Medieval Mint. Coffee shop.
The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 548861
An historic spring, originally discovered in the 17th C, where the Chalybeate spring waters are still served to visitors by a costumed dipper.
Chantry Heritage Centre
Fort Gardens, Commercial Place, Gravesend
Tel : + 44 (0) 01474 321520
A 14th C chapel with displays on the towns history. There is also an audio / visual on the building and material from an important local Roman site. The social history room includes displays on General Gordon of Khartoum, Princess Pocahontas and important local industries such as cement and paper.
Crampton Tower Museum
High Street, Broadstairs
This museum displays items relating to T R Crampton, engineer, models, blueprints and other railway exhibits, also the Broadstairs stagecoach, a gauge model railway and small section devoted to Thanet tramways. Guides and souvenirs for sale.
Dartford Borough Museum
Market Street, Dartford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01322 343555
A programme of temporary exhibitions covering the history of the Dartford area from prehistoric times through Roman and Saxon periods up to the Victorian era are shown here. There are also local geological and natural history exhibits and a reconstructed drapers shop. Sales area.
Deal Town Hall
Town Hall, High Street, Deal
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 38054
Collections of Victorian, 17-20th C pictures, costumes and antique dolls. Romany caravan, crested china, Victorian glass, ceramics and furniture.
The Dickens Centre
Eastgate House, High Street, Rochester
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 844176 / 827980
Unique walk-through experience of Dickensian England in this award-winning centre. Tableaux, with sound, light and life- size model of Dickens famous characters in reconstructions of scenes from books such as Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. Dickens dream is the newest tableau, using the latest special effects and based on a painting of the same name. There are first editions of his books, an audio-visual on his life, works and local connections, miniature theatre sets and, in the grounds, the Swiss Chalet Dickens used as a study when he was living at nearby Gads Hill Place. Gift shop.
Dickens House Museum
2 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs
Tel : + 44 (0) 01843 862853
This was the building Charles Dickens used as the model for Miss Betsy Trotwoods House in his famous book, David Copperfield. It is now a museum devoted to Dickens letters and possessions, other Victorian items and costumes. Gift shop.
Market Square, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 201066
Dover museum tells the story of the towns history since prehistoric times using modern displays, original artefacts, fine arts, graphics and models. In the centre of the museum is a lively programme of changing displays on subjects which have included wartime cross-channel guns, wildlife photography, arts and crafts. Souvenirs, books and videos for sale. Crustys cafeteria.
Dover Transport Museum
Old Park Barracks, Honeywood Road, Whitfield
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 822409 / 204612
Maritime room, bygone village garage and other specialist rooms, not all transport related. Ken coalfield underground rolling stock and other items.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 211702
A fine early Georgian manor in a beautiful setting of park-land and garden, containing a remarkable collection of historical keyboard instruments, many off which are in full playing order. Visitors can hear these in entertaining musical tour. There is also an interesting exhibition of prints and costumes on the theme of the 18th C pleasure gardens. Programme of special events. Gift and garden shop. Licensed cellar restaurant; picnic area.
Fleur De Lis Heritage Centre
13 Preston Street, Faversham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01795 534542
Award-winning displays and an audio-visual trace over 1,000 years of the history of the ancient town and port of Faversham. The many displays and models include an Edwardian barbers shop and working village telephone exchange, details of gunpowder making, brewing and other local industries. Shop.
Folkestone Museum and Art Gallery
2 Grace Hill, Folkestone
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 850123
A museum of local, natural and social history and archaeology with Saxon skeleton and displays on World War I and II. There is an adjoining art gallery showing a variety of temporary exhibitions. Books and cards for sale.
Snargate Street, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 201200
A 140ft triple Napoleonic staircase, built in 1809, and used by troops as a short-cut between fort and barracks on the Western Heights to Diver harbour and town. Souvenirs for sale.
High Street, Rochester
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 848717 / 827980
Recently substantially refurbished, the Guildhall Museums display cases house a wide range of exhibits, pre-history to early 19th C. Children will enjoy hands-on features such as Anglo-Saxon coin minting. A life-size replica of a convict hulk once moored on the River Medway, forms the centerpiece. The Guildhall has a fine plaster ceiling and paintings. The Conservancy wing, along-side has a theme of local life, 19th and early 20th C with displays on architecture, home life, toys and dolls. Local theatres and music hall entertainment are highlighted with audio-visual methods and posters.
Broad Oak Road , Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 458755
Working perfume museum where visitors can see plants, herbs, essential oils and flowers collected from all over the world. Working stills produce lavender and rose water - some are 100 years old and use the same methods as the ancient Egyptians. Tea rooms.
The Historic Dockyard
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 812551
The 18th C dockyard, historic birthplace of the Royal Navy, is now a living, working museum. There is a working ropery, sail and colour loft, ordnance mews, craft workshops and The Wooden Walls Experience, which tells of wooden warship building through the eyes of a young apprentice shipwright. Under restoration here are the former HMS Gannet and submarine, HMS Ocelet. New exhibition Lifeboat! And wagon rides available around the Dockyard. Gift shops. Wheelwrights cafeteria restaurant; tea shop; picnic site.
Museum of Kent Life
Cobtree, Lock Lane, Sandling
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 763936
This rural museum has displays in an oast house and barn relating to Kent rural life. Audio-visuals give an introduction to the museum and the life of an earlier agricultural worker. There is a dairy courtyard, livestock centre, granary, orchards, hop, vegetable and herb gardens, a craft village with regularly working crafts people and a series of hoppers huts. The TV series The Darling Buds of Mat is featured in a special exhibition. Summer events programme. Gift shop. Tea rooms.
Lullingstone Roman Villa
Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01322 863467
The remains of an important villa built during the 1st C and occupied until the early 5th C. It has been completely excavated and includes outstanding mosaic floors. There is also an example of an early Christian chapel within the villa. Visitors are guided by an audio-tape. Gift shop. Picnics allowed.
Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery
St Faiths Street, Maidstone
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 754497 / 756405
The museum and art gallery are housed in what formerly Chillington Manor House and contain a good survey of Kentish history, archaeology, natural history and the fine applied art and costume. The Museum of the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, displaying uniforms. Medals and other items, is also housed here. Books and cards for sale. Light refreshments available; picnic site.
Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 201200
Originally built 1203, the Maison Dieu used to be a hostel accommodating pilgrims to and from the Continent and is part of the Town Hall. It has a magnificent interior with stained glass windows, flags and armour and paintings of the present Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and a past one, Sir Winston Churchill.
Martello Tower Visitor Centre
The East Cliff And Warren, Wear Bay Road, Folkestone
A defense structure dating from the Napoleonic wars with World War II additions and scheduled as an ancient monument. There are display panels featuring the natural history and geology of the adjoining Warren Nature Reserve and local history. Picnic site.
Mill Street, Maidstone
The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 754497
A fine collection of horse-drawn vehicles, in their original state, in the historic stables of the Archbishops Palace. Some 50 or more carriages dating back to the 17th C are displayed including traders carts, sleighs, sedan chairs, horse-drawn carriages and old bicycles. Several items once belonged to royalty. Sales area.
Old Brook Pumping Station
The Brook, Chatham
Pumping station featuring large diesel-operated pumps used for sewage and rain water pumping until 1956. Other exhibits relating to the Medway;s industrial past can be seen.
Old Town Gaol
Town Hall, High Street, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 202723
Situated beneath Dovers Medieval town hall, the Masons Dieu, this attraction is a full recreation of Victorian prison life, with sights and sounds and making use of audio-visual techniques. The visitor can see and hear a courtroom scene and walk around the washrooms and cells, with different scenes and talking heads. Shop.
Ospringe Maison Dieu
Ospringe Street (A2), Ospringe
Tel : + 44 (0) 01795 534542
Early 16th C timber-framed building incorporating fragments of 13th C hospital and shelter for pilgrims with displays on local history and archaeology. Items for sale.
Pembrooke Lodge Museum and Family Centre
2-6 Station Approach, Birchington
Tel : + 44 (0) 01843 841649
Pembroke Lodge is a small museum dating from 1981 and contains a collection of paintings and family portraits. The museum covers history from the period of Alfred the Great to the present day.
Powell Cotton Museum. Quex House and Gardens
Quex Park, Birchington
Tel : + 44 (0) 01843 842168
A purpose-built mansion museum with 9 galleries containing diorama of African and Asian animals, many fine collections on mammals and native artefacts and Oriental fine arts including a unique series of Chinese Imperial porcelains being the lifes collection of its founder, Major Powell-Cotton. Quex House is regency with Victorian additions, period furniture, silver, pewter and oil paintings. There are also gardens and cannons. Gift shop. Picnic site.
The Precinct Toy Collection
38 Harnet Street, Sandwich
Tel : 01304 621114
An interesting collections of dolls, dolls houses, mechanical toys, miniatures and other displays dating from about 1860.
Butchery Lane, Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 785575
A new museum in the city centre, underground in the levels of Roman Canterbury. Main features include the remains of roman Canterbury. Main features include the remains of a Roman town house with fine mosaics, a touch-the-past hands on area and computer generated reconstruction images of archaeological excavations on the site. Visit the market place and a town house kitchen. Sales area.
Roman Painted Museum
New Street, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 203279
The remains of a Roman mansion (hotel) discovered under Dovers New Street area, with remarkable early 3rd C frescoes, the oldest in Britain, and Roman central heating. Displays show the history of the Painted House and the Roman, Saxon and Medieval town of Dover. There is also a touch table. Sales counter.
Royal Engineers Museum
Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 406397
A fascinating insight enlivened by realistic sound effects into the characters, lives and work of Britains soldier-engineers, seen against a backdrop of six centuries of military and political, social and imperial history. There are also relics relating to General Gordon of Khartoum and Lord Kitchener. The museum has been extensively refurbished recently and one addition is a Harrier jump jet, veteran of the Falklands Campaign, sales area. Light refreshments; picnic site.
Royal Museum, Art gallery and Buffs Regimental Museum
18 High Street, Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 452747
Housed in this interesting Victorian building is the citys are collection including works by Gainsborough, Epstein, Henry Moore and a special gallery devoted to Britains leading Victorian cattle painter Thomas Sidney Cooper CVO RA. Also included is an important collection of decorative arts, a gallery for special exhibitions, and the Buffs Regimental Museum. Sales area.
Sevenoaks Museum and Art Gallery
Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 452384 / 453118
This museum has interesting displays telling the story of Sevenoaks and district using fossils, archaeological artifacts, photographs, domestic, trade and commercial items and tools. There is also a boat connected with a well-known local family. The art gallery has a programme of temporary exhibitions.
Victoria Parade, Deal
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 360897 / 201200
Originally a 19th C semaphore tower adapted for use as a time-ball in 1853, the building has now been fully restored and houses interesting displays on signalling, satellite communication and time, with working models. The restored time-ball on the roof drops daily every hour on the hour.
Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 547221 / 526121
A collection of local history exhibits with special displays of Tunbridge Ware, local decorative woodware that became fashionable in the early 17000s. There are also, toys, dolls, agricultural and domestic bygones, archaeology and natural exhibits. The art gallery has regularly changing exhibitions. Sales area.
Tyland Barn, Kents Wildlife Conservation Centre
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 662012
A beautifully restored 17th C barn, now a visitor centre, the headquarters of the Kent Trust for Nature Conservation. There are hands-on and graphic displays on Kents wildlife, habitats and nature reserves, also a video gallery, play area and surrounding natural park. Shop. Café; picnic area.
West Gate Museum
St Peters Street, Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 452747
One of Englands finest Medieval gates, built as part of the city defenses in the 1380s. Interesting new displays in the Guard Chamber on the defenders of Canterbury feature Civil war arms and armour and extend to world War II. There are prison cells to visit and panoramic views over the city from the battlements. Sales area.
White Cliffs Experience
Market Square, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 214566
This major attraction tells the story of Britains frontline town from the roman invasion to WW II, through full-blooded living history. Witness the Roman invasion and enjoy as chat with a Roman on the Dover quayside, learn about the town as a ferry port and take care in the WW II street entered after an air raid. The Time and Tide show is fun for children of all ages! Themed adventure area. Exhibitions and events throughout the year. Crustys cafeteria; picnic site.
Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Oxford Street, Whitstable
Tel : + 04 (0) 01227 276998
The museum tells a story of the local seafaring community with special features on divers, shipbuilders and oyster-fishers. Videos on the oyster harvest of 1915 and the 1953 flood. There is also a horse-drawn fire engine and a gallery of maritime art with regularly changing special exhibitions. Sales area.
The Whitstable Oyster and Fishery Exhibition
East Quay, The Harbour, Whitstable
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 272003 / 262003
An exhibition of unique artifacts, memorabilia and photographs depicting oyster fishing with live shellfish display and boat pool hands-on experience. There is also a video presentation. New in 1995 was the Beachcombers Garden, a natural showcase of seashore flora, digital marine atlas, a marine display housing small myriads of small marine creatures from Whitstable and Gardens of the Shoreline displays.
VINTAGE STEAM (top)
Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway
Town Station, Tenterden
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 765155
Take a nostalgic trip behind a full-size steam engine on Britains first light railway. Journey through seven miles of unspoiled countryside between Tenterden and the Sussex village of Northiam and experience the sights and sounds of steam engines working hard on the steep gardens. The stations as Tenterden and Northiam conjure up the atmosphere of a bygone age. A carriage for disabled passengers is available. Video theatre, printing exhibition, childrens play area, and shop at Tenterden. Refreshments at Tenterden; tea rooms at Notthiam.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
New Romney Station, New Romeny
Tel : + 44 (0) 01797 362353 / 363256
The worlds only main line in miniature. Its steam locomotives are only one-third normal size, hauling up to 200 passengers at 25 mph on the 14 miles of 15" gauge across the Romney Marsh. There is a toy and model museum at New Romney as well as yards and engine shed. Shops at Hythe and New Romney stations. Café at New Romney and Dungeness stations; licensed observation car attached to some trains; picnic site.
Sittingbournes Steam Railway
Sittingbourne Station, Milton Regis
Tel : + 44 (0) 01795 454899
A four-mile round trip by vintage steam train. Visitors can also see a variety of preserved locomotives and stock on display and there is a small exhibits museum. Sales area at Kemsley Down.
BOAT TRIPS (top)
Lower Thames and Medway Passenger Boat Co
Ferry Pier, West Street, Gravesend
Tel + 44 (0) 0831 300 148
Trips on the pleasure craft M V Princess Pocohontas to Southend Pier, Southend Pier to Rochester and trips to River Swale, the Tower of London and Westminster Pier. Fully licensed bar and light refreshments available in comfortable saloons.
Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 827648
Visitors can take trips on a vintage river paddle steamer built 1924 and well restored with panelled saloons and open deck space. It starts from Chatham Historic Dockyard, Strood and Rochester Piers and provides and interesting cruise along part of the River Medway. Sales area. Licensed bar and light snacks on regular sailing's.
FAMILY FUN (top)
Angel Leisure Centre
Downsview Crescent , Uckfield
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 359966
Mutli-purpose sports hall, squash courts and dance studio. Cinema and meeting rooms. Community events and functions catered for.
Beckett Sports Centre
Shepherds Lane, Dartford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01322 280646
Full range of facilities including multi-purpose sports hall, activity room and fitness studio.
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 890661
The largest area on inland water in South East England with a waterside walk and woodland adventure playground. There is also a visitor centre and a passenger boat which runs regular trips during the summer months. There are special events organised some summer weekends. Trout fishing permits available. Exhibition. New self-service restaurant.
Brambles Wildlife Park
Wealden Forest Park, Herne
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 712379
Twenty-six-acres of woodland park and small indigenous animals for all the family to enjoy; rabbit world, farmyard animals, guanaco, Scottish wildcats, owls, deer, foxes and many other animals and birds. There is also a childrens playground and under 5s play area. Gift shop. Tea room.
Swingfield on A260, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 844244
Large purpose-built greenhouse with butterflies from all over the world flying free in landscaped tropical gardens with a wide range of tropical plants. British butterfly flight area. Life cycle exhibits. Large garden centre, plant area and shop.
The Caves, Old Hill, Chislehurst
Tel + (0) 0181 467 3264
Visitors can take lamplight tours of 22 miles of caves which have been hewn out of chalk over the years. Carvings, giant fossils and Dr Druids Temple can all be seen. There are also displays on smugglers and a World War II exhibition.
Dover Leisure Centre
Townwall, Street, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 201145
Swimming, aerobics, squash, badminton, health suite, fitness gym and lots more.
Druidstone Wildflife Park
Honey Hill, Blean
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 765168
Venture playground, under 5s play area and childrens farmyard. Other animals to see include owls, mara and wallabies. There is also a garden area and gift shop.
Hulberry Farm, Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01322 866466
Bird of prey centre housed undercover where visitors can see eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and vultures from all over the world. Flying demonstrations at 1200 and 1500 on the Downs overlooking the Darent Valley. Exhibits, tea rooms, lecture room, under 5s play area and sand pit. Snake handling.
Fairfield Pool and Leisure Centre
Lowfield Street, Dartford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01322 224400
Swimming, aerobics, squash, badminton, health suite, fitness gym and lots more.
Nash Court, Boughton, Faversham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 751144
Set within the Victorian kitchen garden of Nash Court, farming World has over 150 farm animals, rare breeds, heavy horses and a pet centre. Field and pond study centre. Secret water garden with Victorian fernery, horse and cart and tractor and trailer rides. There is also a large adventure playground, farm trails and an agricultural museum. Shop. Light refreshments; picnic site.
Hartsdown Leisure Centre
Hartsdown Park, MargateTel : + 44 (0) 01843 226221
25 m swimming pool, teaching pool, mutli-purpose sports hall, catering facilities, childrens activities, shapes fitness studio.
Howletss wild Animal Park
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 721286
Mature parkland containing John Aspinalls animals including one of the largest breeding colony of gorillas outside America, including four family groups. Also, amongst other animals there are deer, leopards and other big cats and elephants. Howletts celebrated the first and second successful births of baby African elephants in this country and have successfully bred eight bongo in the last four years. Cave of gems. Gift shop. Cafeteria; refreshment kiosks; picnic site.
Larkfield Leisure Centre
New Hyth Lane, Larkfield
Tel : + 44 (0 0 01622 719345 / 6/ 719347/8
New 25m fitness pool now open. Upgraded leisure pool including a wide variety of fun rides. Other facilities include multi-purpose sports hall, squash, health suite and cafeteria.
Donkey Street, Burmarsh
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 873618
A childrens farm with sheep, a donkey, pigs, goats, geese, rabbits, calves, chickens and peacocks. There is also a museum with a collection of rural and domestic bygones and a childrens play area. Craft shop. Tea room; picnic site.
Little Fathingloe Farm
Folkestone Road, Dover
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 202479
Visitors can explore the farm trails and recreation areas. Farm animals, including pigs, chicken, a horse, cow, donkey and guinea pigs can be enjoyed on this working farm. There is also a Womans Land Army museum. Farm shop, cider shop, bakery and gift shop. Restaurant.
Lordswood Leisure Centre
North Dane Way, Chatham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 682862
Mainly dry areas including sports hall, squash courts, outdoor football pitches and fitness room.
Maidstone Leisure Centre
Mote Park, Maidstone
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 761111
Free-form leisure pool, traditional swimming pool, health and fitness suite and childrens adventure play areas. Also a programme of concerts and events.
Parsonage Farm Rural Heritage Centre
North Elham, Elham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 840766 / 840356
A family farm with traditional and rare breeds of farm animals pigs, horses, ponies, cattle, geese, chickens, ducks and many breeds of sheep. The farmhouse, part of which is medieval, has various displays illustrating the farms history. Also old granary, implements and tools. Nature and farm trail and small play area. Childrens quiz sheets with prizes for finding the answers. Shop. Tea rooms; picnic area.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Mansion and Gardens
Port Lympne, Lympne
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 264647
A 300-acre wild animal park situated on a panoramic sloping woodland estate where spacious paddocks contain herds of rare horses, deer, antelope, rhino, elephant and other animals. Port Lympne specialises in the breeding of rare animals and there is a Gorillararium. A safari trailer journeys through animal paddocks. It is advisable to book this as it does not run everyday. Gift shop and art gallery. Licensed restaurant; kiosk; picnic site.
Ramsgate Leisure Centre
Newington Road, Ramsgate
Tel : + 44 (0) 0184 3593754
25 m swimming pool, teaching pool, shapes fitness studio, tennis and basketball courts, refreshment facilities.
Sandwich Sport and Leisure Complex
Deal Road, Sandwich
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 614947
Wide range of sporting facilities, function and conference suite.
Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve
Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks
Tel : + 44 (0) 01732 456407
A 135-acre site with lakes, ponds, woodland and reedbeds. There are four viewing hides and a display no the creation of the site, and its prehistory and wildlife. Nature trail and visitor centre. Sales area. Refreshment kiosk; picnic area.
South Of England Rare Breeds Centre
Highlands Farm, Woodchurch
Tel : + 44 (0) 01233 861493
A collection of 55 rare farm breeds on a 90-acre working farm. There are pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and cattle which may be touched in the childrens barn, also farm trailer rides in the summer. Woodland walks and demonstrations of grooming and shearing complete the attraction. Sales area. Restaurant; picnic site.
The Stirling Centre
Maidstone Road, Rochester
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 818422
The centre offers a wide range of sporting activities including football, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics, trampolining and much more.
Tannery Lane, Ashford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01233 639966
The Stour Centre is a muli-purpose leisure centre providing activities for sport, recreation and entertainment. The Centre has two swimming pools, three squash courts, and indoor bowls hall, a permanent soft playroom for young children, a health and beauty suite and a fitness studio.
Strood Sports Centre
Tel : + 44 (0) 01634 723888
A wide range of wet and dry facilities are available for all ages.
Tenterden Leisure Centre
Recreation Ground road, Tenterden
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 765987
Tenterdens well equipped, up-to-the-minute leisure centre boasts a six-land swimming pool with wave machine, flume and lazy river creek. It also has a multi-purpose sports hall, two squash courts, a well equipped fitness centre and health suite.
Tides Leisure Pool and Tennis Centre
Park Avenue, Deal
Tel : + 44 (0) 01304 373399
Leisure pool with slide and wave machine, jacuzzi and gym, sauna, sunbeds. Also offer carious fitness and exercise classes.
Tunbridge Wells Sports and Indoor Tennis Centre
St Johns Road, TunbridgeWells
Tel : + (0) 01892 540744
Swimming pools, sports halls and indoor tennis courts. Open year round except Christmas period.
Whitbread Hop Farm
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 872068
A complex of well-preserved, white-coned Victorian oast houses and galleried barns one of the largest groups to be found with carts, harnesses and agricultural machinery. There is also a hop story exhibition and a pottery, animal village and birds or prey, including owl-flying demonstrations. It is the home of the Whitbread shire horses. Play area and nature trail. Many special events throughout the year. Gift shop and pottery workshop. Roundels restaurant; picnic areas.
Wildside at Badsell Park Farm
Crittenden Road, Matfield
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 832223 / 832549
Animal park with sheep, goats, pigs, cows, ponies, rare breeds, fancy fowl and rabbits. There is also a Butterfly House, Tropical Ant House, pet area, nature trails, indoor play barn, tractor and pony rides. Farm and gift shops. Café / restaurant; picnic areas.
Wingham Bird Park
Rusham Road, Wingham
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 720836
A 25-acre site with a large pond and waterfowl. There are also aviaries containing over 50 species of foreign birds and a lake. Childrens playground. Pet shop and gift shop. Tea room; picnic area.
KENT AT WORK (top)
David Evans and Company
Silk Museum and Craft Workshops Bourne Road, Crayford
Tel : + 44 (0) 01322 559401
During a visit to David Evans Craft shop and Museum you can gain an interesting insight into the production of silk goods and see the handprinting of silk. There is also a video showing the processes involved in printing and finishing silk, museum displays on the history of silk and sericulture replica Victorian street and block-makers shed. Factory shop. Mulberry Tree coffee shop.
Dungeness Power Station Visitor Centre
Tel : + 44 (0) 01797 321812
Visitors can see turbo generators, the control room, gas circulators, the fuelling machine and pile cap on a site tour. There are interactive displays and models at the energy information centre. Gift shop. Light refreshments.
Station Road, Smeeth
Tel : + 44 (0) 01308 812334
Visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions here. There is a rural museum with displays on hop-picking and tannery, Victorian kitchen, craft workshops and furniture restorer and art gallery and changing exhibitions. There are also countryside trails and a variety of shops. Licensed restaurant.
Great Stour brewery Ltd
75 Stour Street, Canterbury
Tel : + 44 (0) 01227 763579
Great Stour Brewery is situated in the heart of Canterbury in an historic 250-year old building. Members of the public can brew their own beer in batches of 100 pints from as little as 40p per pint. Bitters, milds, ales, stouts, porters and lagers can all be brewed and the customers can all design their own bottle labels using the brewerys state-of-the-art computer graphics system. Brewery museum and beer garden. Brewery shop.
Oad Street Craft Centre
Oad Street, Borden
Tel : + 44 (0) 01795 843130
Visitors can see the work in progress at this craft centre including pottery, flower designing, upholstery, framing and patchwork. Gift shop. Licensed tea room.
Rowlands Confectionary (Vetary Ltd)
17 Old High Street, Folkestone
Tel : + 44 (0) 01303 254723
The manufacture of sugar confectionery, including lettered rock, can be seen here by all visitors.
VINEYARDS AND WINERIES (top)
24 Caring Lane, Bearsted
Tel : + 44 (0) 01622 736974
Four-acre vineyard established in 1985 with six standard grape varieties. An experimental plot contains nine other varieties, 8-10,000 bottles of white, red and rose wine are produced annually in the fully equipped winery. Conducted tours of the vineyard and winery include tastings of several award-winning wines. Wine sales.
Little Whatmans, Biddenden
Tel : + (0) 01580 291726
Visitors can walk around the vineyards and winery and follow tow vineyards walks and nature trail. Shop tasting and sales. Light refreshments; picnic site.
Elham Valley Vineyards
Tel : + (0) 01227 831266
A small vineyard of 3,000 vines set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with self-guided vineyard tours and wine tasting for visitors. Shop. Tea room; picnic site.
Headcorn Flower Centre and Vineyard
Grigg Lane, Headcorn
Tel + 44 (0) 01622 890250
Visitors can walk around the six acres of vines, pausing at the reservoir to watch the wildlife. Guided tours are available at weekends, also including a visit to the flower houses with chrysanthemums and orchid lilies in bloom all year round. Free wine tasting with every visit. Gift Shop. Tea room; picnic site.
Ridge Farm, Limberhurst
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 890844
Tours of the winery, cellar and vineyard with wine tasting are available for every visitor. The vineyards own Lamberhurst wines are available in the shop. 18th C Restaurant; picnic site
Grove Road, Penshurst
Tel : + 44 (0) 01892 870255
Visitors can see the vineyards and modern winery, wallabies, black swans and rare breeds of sheep. Free tastings are available and an explanation of growing, production and wine appreciation is given. The vineyards own Penshurst wines are available in the shop. Picnic site.
Hoads Farm Sandhurst
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 850296 / 850284
Self-guided tours of working farm with sheep, vineyards, hop garden and orchards. Visitors can also visit the oast during the hop-picking season and see work in hand.
Tenterden Vineyard LTD
Spots Farm, Small Hythe, Tenterden
Tel : + 44 (0) 01580 763033
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the 15-acre vineyard, see the fully-equipped winery with modern processing equipment and have a wine-tasting. There is also a one-third acre herb garden, lake and agricultural museum to be seen.