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Historic Houses in Kent

Historic Houses in Kent, such as Dover Castle and Godinton House & Gardens are listed below.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle, Dover, Kent

Dover

An iconic structure that presides over the famous coastline and its white cliffs, Dover Castle has watched over the area since its keep was built in the 1180s and there has been a look out on the site for some 20 centuries. Inside this historic... more

Godinton House & Gardens

Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent

Godinton Lane, Ashford

Godinton House & Gardens, described as `An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one of Kent´s finest´ - The Times. Dating from the 14th century the house has been embellished by its many owners... more

Penshurst Place & Gardens

Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent

Penshurst, Tonbridge

The vast historic house that is Penshurst Place in Kent lives up to all expectations of an English historic house, with its own church, 14th century guild hall, state rooms soaked in portraits and antiques and gardens of every type. The estate is... more

Hever Castle & Gardens

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent

Edenbridge

Hever Castle, a romantic 13th century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor,... more

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, Broomfield Road, Maidstone, Kent

Broomfield Road, Maidstone

Looming up from the glorious moat and surrounded by 500 lush green acres of land, Leeds Castle near Maidstone lays claim to being one of the most stunning castles in the world. The Norman stronghold, which has been the property of six of England’s... more

Cobham Hall

Cobham Hall, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent

Cobham, Gravesend

So much history has happened at stunning Cobham Hall in Surrey that you can almost sense it as you walk through its hallowed grounds. This splendid site has been inhabited since 300AD (by a rather wealthy Roman family) and the likes of Queen... more

Knole

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

Sevenoaks

If ever there was an argument for the importance of the National Trust, Kent’s Knole House is it. This 15th century palace built for bygone archbishops before becoming the property of Henry VIII and then the influential Sackville family (Vita... more

Walmer Castle & Gardens

Walmer Castle & Gardens, Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent

Kingsdown Road, Walmer, Deal

Walmer Castle was one of a chain of coastal artillery forts built by Henry VIII that has been transformed into an elegant stately home. It was the official residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports that included William Pitt the Younger and... more

The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House

The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent

Luxted Road, Downe

The debt that science owes Charles Darwin cannot be overstated and it feels rather magical to travel to the great man’s family home in Kent and stand in the very study where he researched and developed his masterpiece On The Origin of Species. The... more

Chartwell

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent

Mapleton Road, Westerham

Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924. The rooms are kept as they were during his lifetime and offer an insight into both his domestic and political life. Photographs, books and personal possessions, including his famous... more

Hall Place & Gardens

Hall Place & Gardens, Hall Place, Bexley, Kent

Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley

Hall Place is a Grade 1 listed country house built in 1537 for former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The Tudor house boasts a panelled Great Hall with Minstrels´ Gallery, and 17th century additions and improvements include a vaulted Long... more

Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent

Smallhythe, Tenterden

Smallhythe Place is an early 16th century half timbered house, which was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 until her death in 1928. It contains many personal and theatrical mementoes, and beautiful stage costumes from her... more

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks

Ightham Mote is a superb moated manor house dating from the early 14th century. It was bought in 1953 by American, Charles Robinson, who had first seen the house on a tour of Kent before the First World War. The main features of the house, which is... more

Belmont

Belmont, Belmont Park, Faversham, Kent

Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham

A neo-classical belter set in the rolling Kent countryside overlooking the North Downs, Belmont House is particularly historically important as an example of some of 18th century celebrated architect Thomas Wyatt’s finest work. The house itself has... more

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Towns in Kent with Historic House listings:  Ashford | Bexley | Deal | Dover | Downe | Edenbridge | Faversham | Gravesend | Maidstone | Sevenoaks | Tenterden | Tonbridge | Westerham