'The Loveliest Castle in the World'
Group Friendly Attractions in Maidstone
In and around the Maidstone area there are some wonderful attractions that welcome group visits.
Leeds Castle is located close to the town but exploring some of the lesser known attractions can be very rewarding as there are some mysterious, beautiful and genuinely curious places to visit. If you are staying for a few days then Hever Castle, and Sissinghurst Castle are just a few within easy reach.
The Hammond Collection of Micro Cars is a genuine hidden gem in the Maidstone area. With over 45 vehicles housed in a warehouse, groups of 6 or more can visit the museum by prior appointment with the owners. Whereas, lovely gardens such as Iden Croft Herbs, Beech Court, Hole Park and Lullingstone Garden of the World are fabulous visits for garden enthusiasts.
Within the town itself All Saints Church has links to George Washington and is also the final resting place for the founder of the Royal Society of Arts, William Shipley. Indeed all the churches in town and in the surrounding countryside have interesting stories and histories ranging from The Peasants Revolt to notable stained glass windows. Close by, the Tyrwhitt Drake Museum of Carriages is the largest collection of horse drawn carriages in England.
Kent Life is a heritage farm attraction that has traditional Kentish farmhouses depicting different periods in history. Alternatively a guided tour with a Blue Badge guide reveals an astonishing industrial history which built up along the river.
The town, because of its river crossing points, was a genuine place in which a market could develop and people bought and sold goods and produce. Discovering the River Medway on a river cruise offers a totally different perspective to the town, its history and to the countryside which surrounds the area.
Maidstone is a great place to shop with an excellent range of speciality shops. However for those who prefer not to shop, visit Maidstone Museum with all its treasures from Japan, Egypt and indeed special collections from around the globe.
If your group would like more activity then Go Ape at Leeds Castle, Buckmore Park Karting or canoeing on the river might satisfy them. After a day of adventure, Maidstone also has superb evening entertainment with shows at the Hazlitt Theatre, and many live music and performance venues.
Coach parking is centrally located and drop off points can be arranged in the town centre.
We are happy to help with the planning of your visit, so please contact us.