The Smithy

The Square , Chilham, Canterbury, KENT, CT4 8BY

Leeds Castle
Chilham Castle and Gardens
Chilham Castle

Leeds Castle

Spectacularly built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds.

Leeds Castle dates back to 1119. In the 13th century it was King Edward I favourite residence. The castle has undergone architectural changes mostly in the 19th century. For visiting times click on the link below.

Walmer Castle and Gardens

Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East.

Originally designed as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences it evolved into the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. For visiting times click on the link below.


Beech Court and Gardens  

Discover the magnificent gardens in Challock, for a ‘Real Taste of England’.

The gardens are designed to follow the natural contour of the landscape. The picturesque pond and colourful flowers makes it a great place to enjoy an afternoon tea! For visiting times click on the link below.



Dover Castle

A great Day out with plenty to see and discover, a ‘Great Visitors Experience’.

Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs of Dover this magnificent castle has guarded our shores from invasion for 20 centuries. A journey through History definitely worth a visit. For visiting times click on the link below.

What to visit
Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

With it’s tradition of welcoming visitors dating back to the days of medieval pilgrimage.


Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site.

It was founded in 597, and was  completely rebuilt 1070-77.

Canterbury Cathedral was one of the most important centres of pilgrimage in Medieval England.


Today it is one of the most visited Cathedrals in England by pilgrims and visitors. Visitors have always been made welcome, in the ancient tradition of Benedictine hospitality

Visiting times and Mass can be found on their website, link below.


Chilham Castle is in fact two buildings.


A Manor House (left), privately owned by Tessa and Stuart Wheeler since 2002. The house was built in the 17th Century by the Digges Family. Sir Dudley Digges, the builder of the house, was a pioneering entrepreneur pursuing merchant adventuring to the limits of the known world, a fearless politician, not afraid to challenge even the King himself!


A polygonal Norman Castle keep behind the Main House. This is the oldest building in the village, and dates from 1174. Still inhabited, it is said to have been built for King Henry II.




The beautiful landscape of Chilham Castle park extends to some 320 acres, but Chilham's triumph is its 24 acres of gardens with their 100 yards of terracing


The magnificent grounds and gardens can be visited on special occasions and for equestrian events held in the park. The gardens are really worth a visit. From the gardens there are great views of the North Downs!


Events calendar can be found on Chilham Castle website.Link below.



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