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All Saints Church

All Saints Church

Built in 1395

Heritage Open Days

6 - 9 & 13- 16 September 2018

Join in the country’s biggest heritage festival as we celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture over 2 weekends of free events this September.

Heritage Open Days is a national event that sees over 40,000 volunteers across England organise over 5,000 events, and we are delighted to offer 10 unique experiences in Maidstone this year.

Maidstone has a colourful history shaped by battles, revolts, mad priests and later, industrialists and Victorian benefactors - all of which have left their mark on the town. Discover some real hidden gems and learn more about Maidstone’s past at one of our fantastic free events.

Perhaps the most iconic building in the town is the Archbishops’ Palace. This magnificent medieval ragstone palace in its riverside setting was originally built as a resting place for the Archbishops of Canterbury on their way to London.

Right next door is the beautiful All Saints Church. Built in 1395 by Archbishop Courtenay, it became one of the grandest Perpendicular churches in England. 

Another instantly recognisable building is the impressive Town Hall located at the heart of Jubilee Square. Enjoy a free guided tour to discover more about this fascinating building. While you're there, be sure to check out the exhibition by Maidstone Historical Society, who will also be giving a few talks on the day too.

New for 2018, we're delighted to welcome the Hazlitt Theatre, who are offering an exhibition of their fascinating history, put together with help from pupils at Maplesden Noakes School and the Maidstone Historical Society.

Discover a hidden gem in Market Buildings as the Unitarian Church opens it's doors and invites you to explore the oldest Free Church in Maidstone.

Maidstone Museum was established in 1858 and the generosity of local benefactors contributed to the rapid growth of the Museum’s outstanding collections. The buildings too have a story to tell and this year, you can climb the Victorian Observatory Tower to take in the views across Maidstone.

St Michael and All Angels Church on Tonbridge Road will be hosting an Angel Day, offering a rare opportunity to look inside this beautiful church (outside of Sunday service). Special features include listed Victorian Angel Windows and there will be craft activities for children to enjoy.

The award-winning Mote Park is located in the centre of town and boasts an impressive history. Join a guided walk around the Park to discover more about its fascinating past.

Venture a little further afield and enjoy a rare view of the Gatehouse at the Friars in Aylesford.

All these events are FREE to enjoy and run almost entirely by volunteers, to whom we are extremely grateful for their enthusiasm and support.

Please check individual listings for opening days, tour times and booking details.

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