National Trust Day Out With Kids in Kent


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It’s Bank Holiday Monday and, after a mini lie-in and a cooked breakfast, we hopped in the car and headed for the countryside. Less than an hour drive, and only a hop, skip and a jump from the London Borough of Bromley, and we were in Kent.

Kent is awash with fabulous National Trust properties and the district of Sevenoaks is packed with them! Purely by accident we discovered six places of interest within a six-mile radius.

  1. Chiddingstone Village is a one-street Tudor village.  A strange little place but very much worth a visit. Take the path to see the Chiding Stone– an enormous sandstone boulder  where ‘nagging wives’ would be taken to be ‘chided’ or scolded by the villagers. Charming! Get a hot chocolate in the lovely tea room and have a wander through the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle.
  2. A few miles down the road is Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill
  3. Hever Castle is a massive player in the area…
  4. …and Emmetts Garden is great for kids!
  5. We also drove past the Georgian Quebec House in Westerham…one to check out next time we’re in the area…
  6. …and Toys Hill, for country walks and wildlife.

Phew! If you’re ever stuck for inspiration for a day out with the kids, consider this part of Kent and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Enjoy! Amy x

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