Set in 200 acres, features a series of magnificent walled gardens set against the backdrop of a romantic 17th-century moated manor. Explore the herbaceous border, the white rose garden, the 'Drunken Topiary', the 'Secret Garden' and the peacock walk. By way of contrast, in the ancient woodland of the 'Forest' Groombridge was used as a major location in the recent movie adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. There are also bird of prey flying displays, canal boat cruises, and a full programme of special events. See website for special events. Please note admission will vary depending on the event taking place.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Forest not accessible for wheelchair users
- Facilities: Restaurant and gardens fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5.30 (last admission 4). Closed 25 Dec. Please check website for times before travelling
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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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