Teapot Island


Hampstead Lane, Yalding, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 6HG

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Teapot Island is a most unusual visitor attraction and is well suited to England and its love of tea. Over the centuries we have so enjoyed this drink that we have developed teapots to celebrate different events, fashion and changing times.

Teapot Island opened its doors in April 2003 and is a small family run business. It holds two awards in the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of teapots they own. Whilst the collection is continuing to grow it is currently at about 6,700.

Teapot Island started life in the 1950’s as a tin shack which sold bait to fishermen and provided them with cups of tea. The café has developed a lot and is no longer a tin shack but serves a wide range of different food, a selection of ice creams and cream teas. The cream teas are divine with homemade scones, baked daily, homemade jam and real Cornish clotted cream. This of course comes with a nice pot of tea!

A small charge is made for entry to the Teapot exhibition and a gift shop enables you to buy a memento of your visit.

Potter Gary Seymour of Seymour Designs makes teapots and other ceramic on site and you can purchase a variety of goods from his workshop. Alternatively there is also the paint shop where you can paint your own pottery, and children can create their own masterpieces. These creations can be fired on site, making them dishwasher safe and suitable for everyday use at home. 

Teapot Island is situated alongside the River Medway with good walks in both directions or it is simply a pleasant place to spend the afternoon watching the world and his boat go by.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£2.50 per ticket
Child£1.50 per ticket
Concession£1.50 per ticket

Exhibition prices: £2.50 adult, children & OAPs £1.50
Group discount available



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    Recent Reviews:

    • 890tonij
      Medway, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Teapot charming little cafe and museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 19th May 2021
      Charming little hidden gem in Maidstone amazing for all ages for lunch, tea or breakfast!! Always a great little place to sit and chat with W lovely little teapot Museum Read full review
    • RichMK2015
      Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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      Never seen so many teapots!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 17th June 2021
      Really grateful to the staff at Teapot Island for opening the exhibition for us even though it was supposed to be closed. If you love teapots this is definitely the place to be. With around 8,000... Read full review
    • Coatses
      Trip Type:
      Dreadful service
      2 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 14th July 2021
      Staying in the area and popped in. In a nice area although looks a bit run down. Not that busy. Lots of free tables. Did not order much but after 40 minutes we had waited long enough. Seemed... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    A228 north of Paddock Wood; at roundabout right onto B2015, then right onto B2162 to Yalding, over railway crossing, over lock gates, over traffic lights, turn right into car park. (Follow signs)

    Public Transport Directions

    Half a mile from Yalding Railway Station.

    Opening Times

    2021 opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    2021 opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

    * Mondays to Fridays 10am - 4pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays
    9am - 5pm.
    During off season (Oct - March) please telephone for opening times

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