Godinton House & Gardens



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Part of the Godinton Estate, these 12-acre tranquil gardens are surrounded by ancient parkland that includes stately oaks and chestnut trees. Hundreds of years of changing garden design ideas have contributed to today’s layout which is mainly that of Reginald Blomfield. The terraced lawns are bordered by a vast yew hedge and topiary box and the long, curvy-edged herbaceous borders and ornamental trees and shrubs create a delightful environment. Areas to be visited are the Italian garden, walled garden, rose garden, lily pond and wild garden. A tea room opens from early April to early October.

Godinton House & Gardens
Godinton Lane, ASHFORD, TN23 3BP


Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Mar-1 Nov 1-6

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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