There is plenty to see and do within a short drive of our historic pub. So whether you are blowing off the cobwebs with the family in one of the many beautiful open spaces or soaking up the history of a nearby medieval castle, our pub is the perfect start or end to your day out.
Less than one and half miles away, five minutes’ drive from us is Hever Castle: once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, this breath-taking castle has something for all the family. Experience 700 years of history while exploring the corridors, rooms and halls of this romantic double-moated fortress; enjoy the changing of the seasons in the 125 acres of award-winning gardens, or let off steam in the water maze.
Less than one and half miles away, four minutes’ drive from us is Chiddingstone Castle: an impressive house with a history that dates back to Tudor times. Set in 35 acres of informal gardens, it has stunning views of the North Downs. Inside, marvel at the impressive collection of art and antiques or discover the fascinating exhibition depicting the history of the castle and life in the village of Chiddingstone, one of the oldest villages in Kent.
Less than 2 miles, 6 minutes’ drive from us is Bough Beech: a must for bird lovers and young wildlife enthusiasts. This is one of the south east’s most visited birdwatching reserves with a large reservoir, ancient woods and an orchard. Many bird species can be seen throughout the year and children will enjoy spotting toads, dragonflies, butterflies and great crested newts. There is a hide for watching wildfowl and waders – but don’t forget to take your binoculars.
Less than 4 miles, 9 minutes’ drive from us is Chartwell: the much-loved family home of one of Britain’s most famous Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill. He drew his inspiration from the house and much of the rooms are as they were when the family lived here with pictures, books and personal mementoes on show. Walk around the hillside gardens or head into the woods along one of the looped trails which has natural play areas for children.
Just 4 miles, 10-minute drive from us is Penshurst Place and Gardens: a fortified manor house dating back to the 14th century. Once you have explored the 10 rooms open to the public including the impressive medieval Baron’s Hall, enjoy the formal gardens divided by yew hedges into `rooms’. Each has been planted to give a succession of colour as the seasons change. Or explore the 2,500 acres of parkland including an arboretum and trout lakes.
Riverhill Himalyan Gardens
Less than 5 miles, 11 minutes’ drive from us is Riverhill Himalyan Gardens: a magical garden to be enjoyed by children and garden lovers together. Build dens, get lost in the Himalayan hedge maze or take in the incredible views across the Weald of Kent. Discover world-class British sculpture set against the natural backdrop of the gardens and learn about Riverhill’s fascinating history, with its links to Darwin and the Great Plant Hunters.