Hever Castle, a place that changed history
Hever Castle near Edenbridge was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. The castle and grounds, as they are today, is down to the influence of one William Waldorf Astor who used his fortune to restore and extend the castle in the early 20th century. Don’t miss the water maze and special calendar events. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Castle grounds.
Hever Castle, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge. TN 18 7NG
Explore Knole Park
Knole Park has been welcoming visitors for 400 years with over 1,000 acres of parkland to explore with wild deer roaming free. Knole House is full of treasures from Royal Stuart furniture to paintings and textiles. Originally an archbishop’s palace, the house has been owned by the same family since 1603. Prices start from £15 for adults and £7.50 for children.
Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP (Sat Nav TN13 1HX)
One of the heritage attractions for which the Sevenoaks district is famous, Chartwell is a popular spot for history lovers. The residence of Winston and Clementine Churchill for over forty years, it gives visitors an insight into the life of one of the UK’s most famous prime ministers. The surrounding grounds include lakes, a kitchen garden, woodland and play areas. Tickets start from £14 for adults, £7 for children and £35 for families. National Trust members are entitled to free entry.
Chartwell, Mapleton Rd, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS
Conquer Lullingstone Roman Villa
Lullingstone Roman Villa is one of the most outstanding surviving reminders of a pivotal moment in England’s history. Built in AD100, it was developed according to the tastes – as today – of its owners throughout the centuries, reaching its most luxurious just before the Roman Empire fell. A special film and light show help to bring different areas of the villa to life. Spectacular mosaics, a heated bath suite and the earliest known evidence of a Christian altar in a private home are among the highlights. This is a must see for history lovers of all ages.
Lullingstone Roman Villa and Museum, Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, DA4 0JA
Fly the flag at Quebec House
Quebec House in Westerham was the childhood home of General James Wolfe, best known for his role in the 1759 Battle of Quebec and the fight between France and the UK for control of what is now known as Canada. The 16th century house, managed by the National Trust, is kept as it would have been in the 1730s when he lived here with his family.
Quebec House, Quebec Square, Westerham
History revealed at Eden Valley Museum
This may be a tiny museum, but there’s a lot here to discover about the history of the Eden Valley. Set in a medieval farmhouse in Edenbridge town centre, this wonderful place has six galleries and regular exhibitions through the year. Volunteers lead free guided walks over the summer.
Eden Valley Museum, 72 Church House, High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AR
Discover Penshurst Place
Penshurst Place was built in the 14th century as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London and home to the Sidney family since 1552. Henry VIII also popped in regularly during its time as a hunting lodge. Highlights include an 18-metre high beamed ceiling in the Baron’s Hall and the velvet stool on which Queen Victoria was declared Empress of India.
Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst, TN11 8DG