Group Visits

Best Group Visits in Kent

Where to take Groups in 2016!

Group Visits to Biddenden Vineyards www.biddendenvineyards.com

Biddenden Vineyards in Kent offers a wide range of visits for groups available by appointment. Take a guided vineyard tour to learn the history of the vineyard followed by a visit to the winery where award-winning wines, ciders and juices are made. Also included in the price are tastings in the vineyard shop, as well as a glass of wine or juice. Group tours cost £7.50 per person. There is also the option to book a ploughman’s lunch or cream tea for your group to accompany your guided tour. Call: 01580 291726 to book.

ChiddingstoneCastle 1 630Group Visits to Chiddingstone Castle www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Chiddingstone Castle in Kent is delighted to welcome group visitors all year round – even during the closed season (by prior arrangement). The Castle offers a unique chance to visit an historic house with Tudor origins and Victorian rooms containing a fascinating collection of art, artefacts and antiquities (Ancient Egyptian, Japanese Samurai and Lacquer, Buddhist and Stuart & Jacobite) and an exciting story of unrequited love and attempted murder! The extensive grounds are delightful in all weathers, and feature a Grade II* Victorian Orangery, a rose garden and the new ‘Fields of Eternity’ Ancient Egyptian Garden. The Castle also has a new permanent exhibition room which tells visitors the history of the house, and the original owners and creators of Chiddingstone Castle – the Streatfeild family. The Victorian Kitchen, Scullery and Servants’ Hall offer visitors an interesting insight into the days of ‘upstairs downstairs’! Groups can also tour the extensive Castle Library.
Rose RoomA visit to the Castle can also be enhanced by a brief stroll across the bridge over the lake into the National Trust-owned village of Chiddingstone, where visitors can admire the remarkable row of Tudor houses, explore beautiful St Mary’s Church and discover the story of the Chiding Stone.
Group entrance (min. 15 paying persons) to the Castle is at the reduced price of £7.50 per head. Guided Tours of the Castle, as well as Garden Tours are offered, each at the price of £50 for groups up to a maximum of 25 persons per tour/guide. Guided group visits can include a climb up the secret back stairs to the attic Servant´s Bedroom for those that wish to.

Chiddingstone TeaThe charming cosy Tea Room with its adjacent sunny courtyard is the perfect place for a light lunch or delicious cream tea – pre-booked ploughman’s lunches and cream teas are available at the reduced price of £5.50 per person for groups only. Group visitors are also offered the opportunity to enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits upon arrival at the special price of £2.50 per head. The former Well Tower now houses a Gift Shop, selling a delightful and varied array of local produce and gifts.
A large car park provides plentiful parking for cars and coaches – just one minute from the main entrance door. Disabled visitors are most welcome at the Castle and most of the exhibition rooms are located on the ground floor. A disabled toilet can be found in the Tea Room courtyard.
To book a visit, or to learn more about Chiddingstone Castle, call Ali, Anna or Margo on 01892 872746 or email events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk. We look forward to welcoming you!

Group Visits to the Kent & East Sussex Railway www.kesr.org.uk

The Kent & East Sussex railway in Tenterden, Kent has plenty on offer for groups in 2016. Itineraries start from £22.95 per head for groups of 15 or more.

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Group visits include the following:

New for 2016 – Ales and Rails

Gardens and Guards

Vines, Wines and Railway Lines.

Reins and Trains

Swords, Shields and Passing Fields

Whistle Stops and Waterways

A Ride on the Wild Side

Cream and Steam

Call: 01580 765155 to book or e-mail enquiries@kesr.org.uk

Other Group Offers – Guided tours of Royal Tunbridge Wells can be arranged to suit group requirements on a day and at a time to suit. Tours in foreign languages can also be arranged.

Tours cost only £5 per person (minimum £45) for one hour and include the Pantiles, the Chalybeate Spring, King Charles the Martyr Church, the historic ‘village’ area and the ancient Grove.

Prices quoted are adult rates for 2016 unless otherwise stated, contact the attraction direct for full details of rates.