Lullingstone Castle and World Garden
The house was altered extensively in Queen Anne's time, and has fine state rooms and beautiful grounds. The 15th-century gate tower was one of the first gatehouses in England to be made entirely of bricks, and there is a church with family monuments. A major new addition to Lullingstone is The World Garden, a massive project undertaken by Tom Hart Dyke, son of Lullingstone's owners. The garden is a celebration of the 'plant hunters', and places thousands of plants in their correct geographical location as part of a giant world map of plants.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Ground floor only accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: World Garden open Apr-Sep, Fri-Sun and BHs (ex Good Fri) 12-5; House open BHs and special events
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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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