Find fairy tale castles, a treasure house fit for a king, the home of Churchill and a world-renowned garden dedicated to beauty. These are just some of Kent’s highlights along with spectacular coastline, ancient woodlands and rolling downs. Discover what to see and do in the Garden County of England.
Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill
Be part of a 400 year history of visiting Knole
Historic, poetic, iconic: a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world-renowned garden.
Romantic Picturesque garden with a 14th century moated castle and a Victorian country mansion - all in a beautiful wooded estate.
Outstanding 14th-century moated manor house, gardens and estate
Interesting hillside garden with year-round features
Look out for giant The Snowman™ sculptures at Knole, inspired by Raymond Briggs' timeless festive tale. Step back in time for a Tudor Christmas at Ightham Mote, with roving musicians and a stunning hand-painted festive Tudor Chapel. Enter a magical storybook world at Chartwell and join carol singing over a festive drink. Meanwhile the party will be in full throes at Scotney Castle, for a Swinging Sixties Christmas with glittering trees and original 1960s' outfits. For a cosy Christmas, see twinkling lights, greenery and a Georgian feast at Quebec House.
Discover year-round interest in walled gardens, vegetable plots and borders – and one of the most famous gardens in the country.
Explore rich evergreens at Emmetts Garden and garden water features at Chartwell and Ightham Mote. Keep your eyes peeled for the pure white of snowdrops as they begin to grow. Our gardens offer peace and tranquillity in the winter months. Wrap up warm and take in their structural beauty.
With gardens filled with colour and orchards hanging low with fruit, autumn is a great time for a day out at National Trust places nearby. Catch late flowers in the Purple Border in early autumn at Sissinghurst, and breathe in the intoxicating scent of the Katsura Cercidiphyllum japonicum (toffee apple tree) near the North Lake at Ightham Mote. Dahlias and sunflowers continue to bloom in the early autumn sunshine at Chartwell. Later in the season, spot weird and wonderful mushrooms emerging at Emmetts Garden.
Love gifts collected by Vita Sackville-West from the ruins of the ancient palace of Persepolis in Persia (now modern-day Iran) are reunited for the first time in nearly a century at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. The pieces of sculpture were gifted by Vita to her lover Virginia Woolf and husband Harold Nicolson. They are part of a new exhibition revealing untold stories, unseen photos and personal mementoes from Vita and Harold’s time in 1920s Persia.
Bateman’s in Burwash, the family home of author Rudyard Kipling, will mark nearly 130 years since the publication of his much-loved classic ‘The Jungle Book’. See a magical installation created by book artist Su Blackwell from copies of Kipling’s original handwritten manuscript.
Let little explorers loose in the outdoors. They'll love squelching in mud kitchens, scrambling across natural play areas and running free across open meadows at places like Chartwell, Knole and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.
The Kent coast is home to towering chalk cliffs and grass downland teeming with wildlife. Pack your binoculars and get ready to take in some fantastic views.
With a network of bridleways, there are plenty of ways to explore Toys Hill including horse riding, mountain biking, road cycling and running on a 6km Run England route.
Discover lots of walking routes, points of historical interest and wide-ranging views at one of Octavia Hill’s favourite places. Visit to see the landscape that inspired her.
Whether you're looking to travel by train or bus. Plan your visit using greener travel options.
There are a number of sustainable travel options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Kent, whether you're looking to travel by train or bus.
There are a number of sustainable travel options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Sussex, whether you're looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot.
A free activity for little ones to get creative and let Santa know what they would like for Christmas at our special letter-writing station in the main shop at Scotney.
Celebrate the festive season with us at Ightham Mote with a magnificent Tudor Christmas. With a roaring fire, a Tudor feast and music of celebration there's lots for the whole family to discover and enjoy.
Inspired by Raymond Briggs' timeless festive tale, The Snowman™, this winter at Knole you can discover 12 giant The Snowman™ sculptures in the parkland and courtyards.
Grab some sensational stocking fillers or super Secret Santa presents at the second-hand bookshop - all pre-wrapped and all £2.