Days Out in Kent

Dover Castle

Explore mighty castles, discover delightful gardens and learn about Roman villas on great days out in Kent. Highlights include Walmer Castle, the magnificent Dover Castle, with its interactive exhibitions and stunning location, and the beautiful home of Charles Darwin.

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Dover Castle
Dover Castle

For a great family day out visit Dover Castle! New: Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk. Explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels deep beneath the castle to see, hear and feel - as never before!

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Deal Castle
Deal Castle

For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast then look no further than Deal Castle. Built by the order of King Henry VIII it is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England.

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Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)
Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

Down House is a site of outstanding international significance. Here the famous scientist Charles Darwin lived with his family for forty years and worked on his revolutionary theories.

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Lullingstone Roman Villa
Lullingstone Roman Villa

Among the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain, Lullingstone provides a unique all weather family day out. See fascinating Roman artifacts and enjoy a specially commissioned light show.

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Walmer Castle and Gardens
Walmer Castle and Gardens

Built during the reign of King Henry VIII and perched on the picturesque Kent coastline, Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East.

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Bayham Old Abbey
Bayham Old Abbey

Bayham Abbey makes a fascinating day out on the Kent Sussex border. The impressive ruins include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse.

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Events : Kent

Secret Wartime Tunnels Ghost Tour
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 29 Nov 2014

Join us for an unnerving evening guided tour through Dover Castle's Secret Wartime Tunnels.  

A Natural Christmas: Decoration making plus gifts inspired by nature
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Sat 29 & Sun 30 Nov 2014

See how Victorian house staff would have celebrated Christmas and join us in the Butler's Pantry of Down House for festive craft making using natural foliage found in the garden.

Dover's Cold War Tunnels
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Tue 2 Dec

Meet Cold War expert Mark Bennett, Senior Curator Rowena Williard-Wright and other experts who will set the scene describing Britain's first reaction to the new nuclear threat after WWII.

Great Tower at Christmas
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec 2014

Join the court of King Henry for a weekend of medieval festive celebrations at Dover Castle.

Conservation in Action: The Great Tower
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Wed 10 Dec

Join experts from our collections care team as you get exclusive access to the Great Tower during its conservation cleaning.

Great Tower Sleepover
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Thu 11 Dec 2014

Live and dine like royalty for the night in King Henry II's Great Tower. Enjoy private tours of the castle, before bedding down for the night. Welcome drinks, two-course dinner and cooked breakfast included. Adults only.

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