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Kent Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others), many with brief details of disabled access.

Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Kent Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.

 

Belmont House and Gardens - Magnificent neo-classical house, beautiful gardens ste in 3,000 acres, three exciting collections: the armoury, collected by five generations of the Harris family; the Cazabon collection, the finest collection of Cazabon paintings in Britain; and the Clock Museum, an extraordinary horological collection created by the 5th Lord Harris. The gardens consist of a walled garden, pinetum, wooded areas, formal lawns and a large kitchen garden - Harris family - Faversham - we understand that a portable ramp allows wheelchair access to the ground floor of the house and that much of the garden is accessible but please see the access information on their website
www.belmont-house.org

 

Chartwell - National Trust - Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill - Westerham - Disabled friendly / facilities but some restricted wheelchair access see website
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

 

Doddington Place Gardens - Oldfield family - 10 acre gardens in area of outstanding natural beauty nr Faversham Disabled friendly / facilities please see website
www.doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk

 

Down House, The home of Charles Darwin One of the major visitor attractions in the South East. See the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', still as it was when he worked here, and stroll through the extensive gardens that so inspired the great scientist. - English Heritage - Disabled friendly / facilities but restricted wheelchair access see website
www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

Emmetts Garden - Interesting hillside garden with year-round features - National Trust - Sevenoaks - Disabled & Pushchair friendly / baby changing some steep slopes, uneven paths
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden

 

Godinton House & Gardens - Ashford - Tours of the house are led by expert guides unravelling the 600 years of history and revealing an excellent country house collection of furniture, art, porcelain and curios The famous yew hedge surrounds the formal gardens with the wild, Italian and walled gardens beyond, full of colour and interest through the seasons. Events, courses and workshops are run throughout the year, refreshments available in the old Billiard Room - "Partial disabled access around the garden. Disabled access to ground floor of house and tearoom but no access to first floor. Disabled WC near ticket office, please note no disabled WC in the house or inside tearoom".
godintonhouse.co.uk

 

Goodnestone Park Garden - The gardens have many centuries of history behind them and have been created by generations of the FitzWalter family who have lived here since they built the house - FitzWalter family - Disabled facilities and most areas of the Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs
www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.uk

 

Groombridge Place Gardens - award-winning gardens and the delightful enchanted forest with its giant swings, zip wires and Crusoe’s World - Tunbridge Wells - Disabled friendly / facilities but restricted wheelchair access see website
www.groombridge.co.uk

 

Hever Castle and Gardens - Experience 700 years of history at the romantic double-moated 13th century castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the intriguing second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. - Edenbridge - Disabled facilities and most areas of the Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs
www.hevercastle.co.uk

 

Hole Park Gardens - An attractively laid out, privately owned 16 acre garden set in over 200 acres of superb classic parkland. Hole Park Gardens are open every day in Spring and then Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid-June until end of October - Barham family - Cranbrook - "The garden is accessible to all with a hard surface loop around most of the garden, there are disabled toilets in the Stable Yard
www.holepark.com

 

Ightham Mote - Outstanding 14th-century moated manor house - National Trust - Sevenoaks - Disabled & Pushchair friendly / baby changing see website
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

 

Knole - Six centuries of history in a treasure house going through vital repairs - National Trust - Sevenoaks - Disabled & Pushchair friendly / baby changing see website
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

 

Leeds Castle - Leeds Castle Foundation - Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out - Leeds Castle Enterprise - Maidstone - Disabled friendly / facilities but please see website
www.leeds-castle.com

 

Lullingstone Castle - Eynsford owned by the Hart Dykes family- Set in 120 acres it is one of England’s oldest family estates, dating back to the time of Domesday. The present Manor House and Gatehouse, which overlook a stunning 15-acre lake, were built in 1497 and have been home to the same family ever since. The World Garden combines plant heritage with cutting-edge horticulture - it is open every Friday (except Good Friday), Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April until October. The House and Garden also open for pre-booked guided groups (min 20 people) on Wednesdays & Thursdays by arrangement The ground floor of the House is accessible by wheelchair or mobility scooter but the first floor is not. There are 27 steps up to the first floor. The World Garden is accessible by wheelchair or mobility scooter except for the polytunnels. The Church is also accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request and there are concessions available for those with a disability
www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk

 

Mount Ephraim Gardens - 10 acres of stunning Edwardian Terraced gardens against a breathtaking backdrop of the Kent countryside - Dawes family - Faversham - we have no disabled access info for this site
www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk

 

 

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