Chiddingstone Castle – Chiddingstone 2019-02-18T06:29:47+00:00

Chiddingstone Castle – Chiddingstone

Chiddingstone Castle can be traced back to the early 1500s. During its life, the castle has undergone a number of architectural changes and has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people and families. The castle served as a base for military forces during the Second World War, and General Montgomery reviewed his troops here before taking command of the Eighth Army. After the war, it was home to the Long Dene School until 1955, when Denys Eyre Bower bought it to house his diverse antique collections. We say it is a simply wonderful and fascinating gem in the heart of the Kent countryside.

Chiddingstone Castle image

Whether visiting the Castle for its history, the amazing antique collections inside, or just a coffee and a walk around the grounds, Chiddingstone Castle is a wonderful base for the day and venue for our bikes. Why not head out for a cycle ride to explore the nearby Bough Beech reservoir, or perhaps cycle to Hever or Penshurst Place and back. The ancient local countryside is stunning. It is likely you might spot a wild deer or two along the way too!

Image of lake at Chiddingstone Castle

Specifics for this location

Where the bikes are located

The bikes are currently in storage for the Winter months although you can still hire them by booking in advance. To check availability and hire the bikes during the Winter, then please just email in advance of your planned visit. We are offering free delivery and collection of the bikes to this venue although do ask for a days rental at £20 for one bike or £15 per bike when hiring more than one. Please give us at least 24 hours notice to help facilitate your request.

Image of bikes at Chiddingstone Castle

When out, our bikes are situated immediately on the left hand side as you enter the main carpark next to the Countrybike sign. They can be accessed regardless of if the Castle is closed. If the Castle is closed however, please rent the bikes and start your bike ride by exiting back down the driveway so as not to disturb any private functions (such as weddings) that might be underway. 

How to rent the bikes

During the Winter, you can hire bikes from this venue by emailing us at to check availability and arrange a booking.  

Please download our handy guide for details on frame sizes and how to choose the right size for you – Frame size guide

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: On country lanes.

Suitability:  Older children & Adults comfortable with cycling on roads.

Difficulty: Medium routes available with some hills.

Are helmets available?

Basic helmets are available at a number of our venues free of charge when renting one or more of our bikes. For details of where to pick them up from, then please read the laminated instructions in the bikes’ basket (including terms and conditions for their use).