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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

Down House Garden Tours
Venue: The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Every Weds and Sun in July and August

Enjoy an hour long tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Summer Tours of Charles Darwin’s Garden
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Wed 2 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 (Every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August)

Enjoy a tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Mon 28 Jul - Fri 15 Aug 2014

Are you ready to join Henry II’s army and fight for the King? Equip yourself with bow, sword or spear and practice battlefield manoeuvres. Perform well and you may be rewarded by the greatest king in Christendom!

Discoveries and Inventions
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Tue 29 Jul - Sat 02 Aug 2014

Are you a budding Darwin or an up-and-coming Einstein? Get your thinking caps on and your brains buzzing at Down House!

Secret Role of Walmer Castle in the First World War
Venue: Walmer Castle, Kent, Kent
Date: Mon 4 Aug

Join our expert Curators and learn about the important role Walmer Castle played during the Great War.

Victorian Games Galore!
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Tue 05 - Sat 09 Aug 2014

From skittles to quoits, croquet to chess, play like a Victorian as you step back in time this summer.

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