Places to visit, attractions, heritage and things of interest in Kent.

Rutupiae, gateway to Britain

Rutupiae, Richborough Roman Fort

Richborough has always fascinated me.  Caesar may have landed near Deal but it was at Richborough, a century later, that the story of Roman Britain really began.  It was in this corner of Kent that part of Emperor Claudius’ 40,000 strong invasion force landed in 43 AD.  They quickly established a beachhead, throwing up defensive

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St Martin’s and Rupert Bear

St Martin's, Canterbury

The Venerable Bede tells us that, in 597 AD (1425 years ago in 2022), St Augustine landed on the Isle of Thanet, in Kent, with some forty companions.  Their purpose was to spread the news of eternal joy in heaven and an everlasting kingdom with the living and true God.  In those days, the most

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Walmer and the Warden of the Cinque Ports

Walmer, Warden of the Cinque Ports

We strolled to Walmer Castle from Deal in September sunshine.  Infamous as the place where the Duke of Wellington died, Walmer Castle was one of Henry VIII’s so-called ‘device forts’, a network of artillery strongholds built to protect England against possible French invasion.  Naturally, we have retained a few of these, just in case.  Walmer

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A walk in the Weald

The Weald, East Sussex

The Weald is an area of outstanding natural beauty in South East England that, broadly speaking, stretches through the counties of Surrey, Sussex and Kent, between the chalk of the North and South Downs.  It is characterised by small farms and fields, sunken lanes, gentle hills, deep deciduous woods, pretty picture-box ridge-top villages and attractive

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Churchill’s Chartwell

Chartwell, Churchill's home

Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) was one of the greatest Englishmen that ever lived, and a brilliant man.  Now, before anyone gets all hot and bothered about him being an imperialist, racist, capitalist, aristocrat, enemy of the working-class, opponent of women’s suffrage, self-publicist, reckless adventurer, glutton and all the other dreadful and unfashionable characteristics he may

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Ightham Mote, medieval, Tudor and American

Ightham Mote, Kent

Tucked neatly away in the Weald of Kent is a little dream medieval moated manor house called Ightham Mote. It is closer to the hamlet of Ivy Hatch than to the village of Ightham.  Before we go any further, let’s make it clear that Ightham is pronounced ‘item’.  Of course it is.  It is derived

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Chiddingstone’s Chiding Stone

Chiddingstone, Kent, visit Britain

You’ll find a curious thing at the end of a little path beside the school in the Kent village of Chiddingstone.  It’s a great lump of sandstone, formed about 135 million years ago when this part of the world was a swampy mess.  And this large rock is called the Chiding Stone, because (so they

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The Loveliest Castle in the World?

This is Leeds Castle, nowhere near the city of Leeds in Yorkshire, but located some 240 miles to the south, in Kent.  It was once described as “the loveliest castle in the world” by historian Lord Conway and understandably, but slightly tediously, Leeds Castle ensures his words have not been forgotten – even if most

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A visit to Scotney Castle

There’s a ruined castle in the valley bottom, beyond the grand, Victorian, house.  A round, machiolated, tower peeks through multi-coloured shrubs and trees.  It draws the eye through the garden, overwhelming the desire to linger amongst the flowers.  Closer in, down the hill, and the heady scent from rhododendrons and azaleas is almost overpowering.  The

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A bit about South East England

Sissinghurst, oast houses

Including the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The South East is the most heavily populated region in England.  It has more businesses, including international HQs, than anywhere else in the UK and is the most prosperous and cosmopolitan region outside London.  It owes

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