Of course, almost every tourist attraction in the county welcomes children, and most
have at least some level of interest for the younger visitors. However, on this page we
have selected those attractions which are specifically aimed at children & family visitors.
There are more places to visit, which would be of interest for children as well as adults,
in the box to the right. Don’t forget to check out the other Kent for Children pages too,
for plenty more ideas of ways to keep your children occupied!
Leviathan Way, Chatham Maritime.
Open daily from 10am-5.30pm. Last admission at 4pm.
Large indoor themed attraction based around the
work of Charles Dickens. Step back into the world of
19th century London, have lessons in the old school
room, & visit the shops around the courtyard. Enjoy
the longest indoor water ride in Europe, where you
can travel along the dark backwaters of old London
town. Visitors get the chance to come face to face
with some of Dickens' literary characters in a simply
magnificent rendition of a Victorian town courtyard!
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe, CT21 4PD
Open from 10am-5pm in winter (last entry 3.30pm),
and 10am-6pm (last entry 4.30pm) in summer.
An excellent Wild Animal Park, owned by The Aspinall Foundation,
and set in beautiful hillside surroundings. It has panoramic views
across the Romney Marsh & English Channel. Port Lympne boasts
the world's largest gorillarium. Known as ‘The Palace of the Apes’
it is home to a family group of gorillas, as well as a wide variety of
other species. It has a different feel to most animal parks - this is
much more open and natural. It may not be the Masai Mara or
Tanzania, but it certainly has an authentic aura, & you can even experience game drives & overnight
wildlife stays, just like you would on a real safari!
South of England Rare Breeds Centre
Highland Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RJ
Tel: 01233 861493
The South of England Rare Breeds Centre is one of Kent's most
popular tourist attractions, especially for families. Both rare and
traditional breeds of British farm animals - such as 'history on the
hoof', cows with handle bar horns, sheep with long curly fleeces,
spotty pigs, ginger pigs, tall ducks ... and lots more! Animals to
see and touch. Tractor and trailer rides, a playground, sandpit,
and toddler's paddling pool. There’s a good Plant Nursery, a gift
shop, plus some wonderful woodland walks. Special events run
through the year, from an Easter Bunny Hunt to Christmas Carols
in the Barn. You can also watch the re-building of a Georgian
farmstead, and meet the most famous pigs in Britain - the Daily Mail Tamworth Two.
Hop Farm Country Park
Beltring, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY
Open Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm).
An excellent family attraction based initially around the old
Whitbread Hop Farm. The site now boasts interests for the
whole family, with children’s activities, a museum, the world
of water, a small animal park, & all manner the famous shire
horses. The Hop Farm also has a vast area of showground
that hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year.
They include garden shows, pop concerts, car festivals, and
the world’s largest military vehicle spectacular - The War &
KEY TO MAP
1. Dickens World
3. Farming World
4. Howletts Wild Animal Park
5. Wildwood Country and Nature Park
6. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
7. Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
8. South of England Rare Breeds Centre
9. The Hop Farm Country Park
10. Druidstone Park
11. Wingham Wildlife Park
12. Lathe Barn
Honey Hill, Blean, Nr Canterbury, CT2 9JR
Whether you like meeting friendly animals, having fun in adventure play areas,
finding peace and tranquility in an enchanted woodland or just relaxing in
idyllic surroundings, you won’t be disappointed with Druidstone Park.
Discover the sleeping dragon and other mystical and magical creatures in the
enchanted woodland, home to a herd of white fallow deer. The farmyard
animals, including chickens, sheep, goats, llamas, ponies, a donkey and the
naughty pigs are always keen to say ‘hello’. The pond is home to ducks,
geese & black swans, and a family of old english goats live in ‘the sunny field’.
Druidstone is a beautiful haven for relaxation, away from the everyday hustle,
and where children can play and discover in a safe and rural environment.