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. 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

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.

3 castle route – please download our handy guide that you can also reference whilst out and about – Chiddingstone – extended Tudor Trail cycling route map