Goodnestone Park Gardens
A haven of beautiful tranquillity hidden away in south-east Kent, including a formal area with fine, old specimen trees and an arboretum featuring an avenue of limes. The adjoining mature woodland area includes at 1920s rockery and pond. The walled garden dates back to the 17th Century and has been redesigned over the last 30 years. Jane Austen was a frequent visitor as her brother married a daughter of the house.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 12 Feb; 26 Mar; Apr-Sep, Tue-Fri 11-5, Sun 12-5; 1 Oct
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About the area
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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