This moated manor house, nestling in a sunken valley, dates from 1320. The main features of the house span many centuries and include the Great Hall, an old chapel and crypt, a Tudor chapel with painted ceiling, and a drawing room with Jacobean fireplace, frieze and 18th-century hand-painted Chinese wallpaper. There is an extensive garden as well as interesting walks in the surrounding woodland. Following completion of all conservation work, visitors can enjoy the most extensive visitor route to date, including the bedroom of Charles Henry Robinson who bequeathed Ightham Mote to the National Trust.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Only part of gardens & ground floor rooms in house accessible
- Facilities: Wheelchairs, mobility buggy available every day, special parking ask at office, virtual tour
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: House open 4 Mar-29 Oct, daily 11-5 (gardens, cafe, exhibition & shop 10-5); 30 Oct-Dec 11-3. Closed 24-25 Dec
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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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