Opening times for 8 December 2023
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Dogs are welcome in the woodland but not in the Mausoleum. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.
The nearest parking is at Shorne Wood Country Park (not owned by the National Trust) who charge a small fee for parking all day. The Mausoleum is approximately a two mile walk from the country park across uneven terrain.
Woodland is rough terrain with kissing gates on the path from South Lodge to the mausoleum. The mausoleum is reached via a series of steps to the chapel and crypt.
There is no parking at Cobham Woods, nearest parking at Shorne Wood Country Park. Via the M2 and A2. Exit A2 at Shorne/Cobham. Follow signs for Shorne Country Park.
Parking: The car park at Shorne Country Park is not owned by the National Trust, there is a small fee charged for all day parking. The Mausoleum is approximately a two mile walk from here.
Sat Nav: Shorne Wood Country Park DA12 3HX.
Map available at South Lodge Barn detailing routes to the Mausoleum.There is a waymarked footpath from South Lodge Barn to the mausoleum (just under 1 mile) and free guided tours (donations welcome) when Mausoleum open (subject to guide availablity). Route from Shorne Wood Country Park is approximately 2 miles. Other routes available across from Cobham Hall and Ashenbank Wood (Woodland Trust).
Sole Street 1 mile
Cycle routes available to Mausoleum via various routes (but please note there are kissing gates from South Lodge Barn).
An ancient wood pasture with grassland and mature trees, this Special Site of Scientific Interest is grazed by Highland Cattle.
The 18th-century Darnley Mausoleum. Designed by architect James Wyatt set in peaceful wood pasture, with limited opening.
Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cobham Wood is one of the few ancient wood pastures remaining in the UK. Comprising of open grassland and mature trees, this Special Site of Scientific Interest is grazed by Highland Cattle.
Standing at the highest point of the site is the 18th century Darnley Mausoleum. Designed by architect James Wyatt, the restored Mausoleum was featured in the BBCs Restoration programme in 2003.
When the vaults in Westminster Abbey became full, the Earl of Darnley commissioned a family mausoleum, but it has never been used for its intended purpose.