Kent

Properties and events in Kent

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A Day in Paradise

3, 7, 9 Paradise, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9TX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Within the Ramsgate Historic Quarter is the town's oldest street Paradise which was home to retired sea captains in the early 18th century. Some of the houses will be open to the public accompanied by sea shanties and characters in costume.

A Soldier's life in the Great War

Detling Hill, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF
In person
Pre-booking not required

To commemorate the 110th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, 1914-18, the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology (CEMA) will be running a weekend of talks and presentations.

All Saints Church, Maidstone

Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and discover the fascinating history of this beautiful church in a stunning riverside setting. It was built in 1395 by Archbishop Courtenay to become one of the grandest Perpendicular churches in England.

Angels come to Maidstone

St. Michael & All Angels Church, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8JS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy our Grade II Listed Victorian church, particularly its angel windows. Tea/coffee and cake available. Something for the children to do.

Animals of the Maison Dieu Webinar

Maison Dieu, Biggin Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL
Online event
Pre-booking required

Discover a menagerie of real and mythical creatures and their stories in carvings and stained glass from Dover’s historic Maison Dieu.

Augustus Pugin's Ramsgate: The Grange and St Edward's Presbytery

The Grange and St Edwards' Presbytery, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9NY
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The Grange was built by Augustus Pugin, designer of the Palace of Westminster, in 1843-4 as his family home. The Grange offers total immersion in the Gothic Revival style - a must for any fan of the Victorian era.

Behind the Scenes at the Carriage Museum

Maidstone Carriage Museum, Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6XT
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Carriage Museum

Birchington Map Exhibition

Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9RS
In person
Pre-booking not required

A collection of original and reproduced maps from the Birchington Heritage Trusts archives will be on display for all to see.

Blessed Mary of Walmer

Blessed Mary of Walmer, Church Street, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7RX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Dating back to the 12th century, this delightful church contains six funerary hatchments, including that of The Duke of Wellington who worshipped there.

Canterbury Cathedral Historic Graffiti Tour

The Precincts, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral’s mysterious wall markings in the Eastern Crypt, depicting religious pictures and symbols. The tour will explore the origin of these marks and talk about who might have made them.

Canterbury Cathedral Memorial Garden & Bastion Chapel Tour

The Precincts, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral’s Memorial Garden, including a rare opportunity to visit the tiny medieval Bastion Chapel set in the city walls.

Canterbury Cathedral Precincts and Gardens Tour

The Precincts, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral’s outside spaces including the Great Cloister, Chapter House and monastery ruins, learning about the earliest inhabitants of the site, the monks, and how the public gardens were created and are cared for today.

Canterbury Friends Meeting House

Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Quaker meeting house of high aesthetic value on a site of high significance. Visit to the building and grounds, displays and refreshments.

Canterbury Old Synagogue

The Old Synagogue, 33-34 King Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A unique, small 19th-century Synagogue, now used by The King’s School as a music centre. Built in 1847, visible from King’s Street, the building is strikingly Egyptian in style, maintaining many of its original Eygptian revival motifs.

Captain's Garden, Deal Castle

Opposite Deal Castle, Victoria Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Historically this was an ornamental and a kitchen garden for the Captain of Deal Castle, a very prestigious post in its time. For years neglected, it is now being brought back into use.

Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist

149 St. Richards Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9LD
In person
Pre-booking not required

This unusual design in a free version of the Romanesque style has a west front of unusual design which recalls some entertainment buildings of its period. There will also be an exhibition of St Ethelburga’s school which used to be in Deal.

Celebrating Spencer Square

Sports Pavilion, Spencer Square, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LD
In person
Pre-booking not required

The historic Spencer Square will be celebrating its connections with Van Gogh who lived her for a time. Visitors will also get a chance to enjoy a free tennis taster session and watch a competitive match on the tennis courts located in the square.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart

318 Dover Road, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7NX
In person
Pre-booking not required

The only remaining part of the Convent of the Visitation, this Grade II listed chapel was designed in 1881 in Gothic style by Peter Paul Pugin and Cuthbert Pugin, but not completed until 1890.

Charlton Church St Peter and St Paul

St Alphege Road, Charlton, Dover, Kent, CT16 2PU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Celebrating 130 years of Charlton Church, local Charlton history, the Dover-born mountaineer who dared Nanga Parbat and the priest who did time!

Chartwell House, Gardens and Studio

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
In person
Book on day

Chartwell was the much-loved family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965, a place from which he drew solace and inspiration.