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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Kent listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
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- Known as ‘The key to England’, the great fortress of Dover Castle has played a crucial role in the defence of the island for over nine centuries. Commanding the shortest sea crossing between England and the continent. Venture below ground with a tour of the eerie medieval underground works and see how the tunnels were adapted by engineers during the Napoleonic war in preparation for French invasion. These tunnels also had a secret use during the second world war as an operations’ nerve centre and include a hospital.
- Groombridge Place Gardens is split into areas including the Knot Garden, The Secret Garden, White Rose Garden, Herbaceous Border, Oriental Garden, Drunken Garden and the Draughtsman’s Lawn. You also have the Enchanted Forest set on the hillside overlooking Groombridge Place. Here you have playgrounds, swings, excellent views, quiet seats and free roaming animals.
- Ightham Mote originally dates to around 1320, and successive owners have made relatively few changes to the main structure. In fact the last major work was the completion of the quadrangle with a new chapel in the 16th century. This medieval manor house is a great example that shows how such houses would have looked in the Middle Ages with the main focus being on looking inwards rather than outwards.
- Walmer Castle was originally built during the reign of Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences. Walmer Castle became the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1708, of which holders of the post have included William Pitt the Younger, WH Smith, Winston Churchill, the Queen Mother, and The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years. The museum depicts Wellington’s career, the story of his life and death and you can see the original Wellington Boots. Outside you have great sea views and eight acres of gardens, including herbaceous borders, kitchen gardens and woodland.
- Historic Dockyard Chatham reveals the full dockyard story Step aboard the Three Historic Warships and discover over 100 years of life at sea. Don’t miss the Victorian Naval Sloop HMS Gannet, Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier, and Cold War Submarine Ocelot!
- The Drop Redoubt is one of the two linked forts on Dovers Western Heights. Linked to Citadel, by a series of dry moats. The artillery at the Redoubt faced mostly inland as it was constructed to defend against an invading force attempting to capture Dover from the rear. The construction of the Redoubt was in two periods: the first being from 1804-1808 during the Napoleonic Wars, and the second from 1859-1864 following the recommendations of the 1859 Royal Commission.
- Scotney Castle is a Victorian country house and 14th-century ruined castle with romantic garden and over 770 acres of woodland and parkland to exploreto explore. Tea-room serves sandwiches, hot and cold lunches, dogs welcome on short leads around the garden and estate.