Out and About

Places to visit in Kent & East Sussex

There are many other places to visit without having to travel very far from Romney Marsh. Below are just a few of them.

Historial Houses, Castles & Gardens

Bateman’s is the former home of Rudyard Kipling. This Jacobean house is a fascinating insight into his life and writings and is just outside Burwash.
Great Dixter is a lovely 16th century house with beautiful gardens in Northiam.
Bodiam Castle is not far from Northiam and is a picturesque, fairytale moated castle in fairly good order as it never saw battle.
Dover Castle is a massive 900 years old castle in superb condition with dressed, furnished rooms, towers to climb, and even a Roman lighthouse to see.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden is world renowned and was lovingly created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. It is 5 miles from Staplehurst.
Scotney Castle & Grounds, near Lamberhurst, is a 14th century moated castle with fine rooms, a walled garden, a working hop farm and has parkland to explore.
Leeds Castle, near Junction 8 on the M20 at Maidstone, is said to be the loveliest castle in the world with gardens and a falconry.
Deal Castle and Walmer Castle & Garden are only a few miles apart and are a couple of the finest Tudor castles in England. They are part of the earliest and most elaborate chain of coastal forts around our coastline.

Historial Towns & Villages

Canterbury has a wealth of visitor attractions including the impressive Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martin’s Church, as well as streets of medieval buildings and museums.
Tenterden declares itself ‛The Jewel of the Weald’ with an attractive medieval and Georgian High Street. You can board the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway here and travel direct to Bodiam Castle.
Faversham has over 500 buildings listed by English Heritage, most in the very large conservation area. Many of the surrounding villages are also unspoilt gems.
Chilham, a little north of Ashford, is often featured in TV and film productions because of its old English village setting and Norman castle.
Hastings has the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror. There is a pretty, preserved Old Town, as featured in Foyle’s War on TV. The Jerwood Gallery is a new art gallery showing 20th and 21st century British art that has never been seen by the public before.
Battle, scene of The Battle of Hastings in 1066 when the Normans invaded England. The Abbey overlooks, what is thought to have been, the battleground.
Sandwich is an extremely picturesque medieval small town. You can take river trips from here, either out to sea or go upriver to Canterbury.


Woodchurch Village Life Museum is only 10 miles away from us and is very close to Woodchurch Windmill.
Kent Battle of Britain Museum is just north of Folkestone.
Tenterden Museum is about the history of the area and the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum is by the station in Tenterden. The C M Booth Motor Museum is in Rolvenden, just outside of Tenterden.

Wild Animal Parks & Rare Breeds

Other than Port Lympne Wild Animal Park which is on our doorstep, there are other animal parks in the vicinity. Howletts is another wild animal park that is part of the Aspinall Foundation, near Canterbury. Both these parks can entail quite a lot of walking but you can travel around them on a safari vehicle instead.
Wingham Wildlife Park is much smaller and condensed, and is also not far from Canterbury.
Woodchurch Rare Breeds Centre is only 20 minutes away whilst Kent Life is near Maidstone. Both these are working farms with different things to offer.

Other Places to go

Ashford has many shops including the Ashford Designer Outlet Shopping Centre. From Ashford International Station you can board Eurostar to travel to France or Belgium.
Folkestone has the newly developed Creative Quarter that runs from the High Street down to the harbour.
EuroTunnel is just north of Folkestone and is where you can take your car to France via the Channel Tunnel and is an alternative to taking a ferry from Dover.
Nearby in St Mary In The Marsh is Honeychild Dairy selling fresh unpasteurised raw milk for those who like to taste milk as nature intended.

Please see our Romney Marsh page for places to visit nearer to home.

Great Dixter House & Garden
Bodiam Castle
Dover Castle
Woodchurch Museum
Woodchurch Windmill