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

The Art of Stained Glass - Beginners Workshop
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Wed 4 Mar

Join Stained Glass artist Maggie Meadows and try your hand at making your own piece of stained glass.

Sky at Night - Star Gazing
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Fri 06 Mar 2015

Join us in Darwin's garden as the nights grow darker and the stars grow brighter!

Children's Festival
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Fri 03 - Mon 06 Apr 2015

Travel on a journey back in time with Peterkin the Jester, where Roman gladiators seek new recruits and medieval knights and princesses roam.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Fri 3 - Mon 6 Apr 2015

It's time to get clue-cracking and seek out your chocolate reward.

George & the Dragon
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 25 & Sun 26 Apr 2015

Re-live the story of St George and the Dragon at Dover Castle. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of a medieval village and witness St George bravely battle the dastardly dragon.

WWII Weekend
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 23 - Mon 25 May 2015

Dover Castle’s popular WWII Weekend is back with a bang! Witness an explosive battle, military encampments, talks, displays and live music. From the 1940s beauty parlour to the full size Spitfire, make it a full family day out to remember.

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