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Maidstone, Kent, England


A Historic Tour of Maidstone
Museum of Kent Life

A Historic Tour of Maidstone
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone

Recorded in the Domesday Survey as land held at the Archbishop of Canterbury at ‘ Meddestane’ – Maidstone, the County Town of Kent, has a rich and diverse history. Situated almost halfway between London and Dover, the town was on the main route for pilgrimages, and has been a bustling trade centre for centuries. Despite many recent changes, a sense of the old Maidstone can still be captured when walking through the town.

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery is one of the most important museums in the south east. The new extensions now provide even more beautiful galleries to fascinate and surprise.

Don’t miss the 2,500 year old Egyptian mummy or Maidstone’s oldest resident, an Iguanodon. Plus fascinating local history – from toffees to cricket balls, and one of the finest collections of Japanese art in the country. Further collections of archaeology, ceramics, medieval, costume and natural history. The museum also houses the splendour of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent regimental museum.

One of Maidstone’s hidden gems is the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages. Located in the medieval stables of the Archbishop’s Palace, this wonderful collection of vehicles from royal state carriages to horse drawn sleighs offers an intriguing visit.

There are many significant attractions in the area, and not to be missed is the beautiful and majestic Leeds Castle, full of antique furniture, paintings and tapestries. Situated along the River the Kent Life Heritage Farm Park is a great family attraction

Maidstone, at the heart of the Garden of England, is surrounded by picturesque countryside and villages with a range of delightful accommodation. Ideal to enjoy a refreshing and relaxing short break or as a base to explore the whole county.

For more Information please contact:
Maidstone Visitor Information Centre
Maidstone Museum
St Faith’s Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1PL



Web:  www.visitmaidstone.com
Email:  tourism@maidstone.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1622 602169
Fax: +44 (0)1622 602519

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