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Chiddingstone Castle

Hill Hoath Road, CHIDDINGSTONE, TN8 7AD

Chiddingstone Castle is a unique house full of fascinating artefacts and surrounded by beautiful grounds, set in 35 acres of informal gardens. It originates in the 1550s when High Street House (as the castle was known) was home to the Streatfeild family. The present building dates back to 1805 when Henry Streatfeild extended and re-modelled his ancestral home in the then-fashionable 'castle style'. Rescued from dereliction in 1955 by the gifted antiquary Denys Eyre Bower, the castle housed his collections of Japanese Samurai armour, swords and lacquer, Egyptian antiquities, Buddhist artefacts, Stuart paintings and Jacobite manuscripts. Visitors can visit Bower's study and learn of his eccentric and complicated life, which featured a notorious scandal. Further exhibition rooms showing the Victorian history of the castle are also open - kitchen, scullery, housekeeper's room, servants hall and (via the back stairs) the servants bedroom in the attic.

Further information

Tel: 01892 870347
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Prices

£9 (ch 5-13 £4). Family £23.50. Adult season ticket £12. Family season ticket £46. Groups (15+) £7. Guided tour £50. Parking £2

Opening times

Open Apr-Oct, Sun-Wed & BHs, 11-5 (last admission 4.15). Grounds may close for private functions
Average visit 2hrs

Facilities

Parking.
Café.

Dogs

Dogs not allowed inside the house

Assist dogs allowed all areas.

Accessibility

Partly accessible. No lift to exhibitions on the 1st floor
Ramps, wheelchairs, large print menus, interpretations of exhibitions, main exhibition on ground floor
Toilets.

Chiddingstone Castle
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Directions

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Accessible from A21 & M25 (junct 5 or 6). 10m from Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells & Seven Oaks. Entrance on Hill Hoath Rd, just outside Chiddingstone village

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