Kent Museums for History Buffs

Kent has a rich history and as a result, the county has a wealth of splendid historic attractions as well as a number museums which will delight visitors interested in both local and national history.

Here are a few suggestions if you are planning to visit Kent and love history:

Kent Battle of Britain Museum

Kent Battle of Britain Museum. This privately owned museum houses the most extensive collection of artefacts from the Battle of Britain including flying equipment, prints, remains of clashed airplanes, weapons and fighters. It is located on the former RAF Hawkindge about 6,5 kilometres from Folkestone. It can be visited from June to September from 10 am to 5 pm, and until 4 pm in April, May and October every day except Mondays (with exception of Bank Holidays).

Chatham Historic Dockyard

Chatham Historic Dockyard. The maritime museum is located on the Chatham Dockyard on the River Medway that served as one of the main facilities of the Royal Navy for hundreds of years. The museum also includes several historic buildings and vessels including HMS Gannet, HMS Cavalier and HMS Ocelot. It can be visited every day from 10 am to 6 pm until 29th October and until 4 pm from 30th October to 27th November.

Tenterden & District Museum

Tenterden & District Museum. A lovely museum which is run entirely by volunteers is housed in a typical 19th century industrial building, while its collection mainly consists of artefacts connected to local history. The museum is open daily except Mondays, while the opening times vary from season to season.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle. This spectacular castle is a must-see if you are travelling far to visit Kent. The castle that dates back to the early 12th century is one of the most popular castles in both Kent and England. When you will see it, you will instantly understand why. You can visit it every day from 10:30 am to 5 pm throughout the year with exception of 5th and 6th November, and Christmas Day when it is closed.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle is another absolute must-see if visiting Kent. The castle, also known as the Key to England dates back to the 12th century and played an important role in the defence of England until the end of World War II. The castle with excellent exhibitions is located on the White Cliffs of Dover and can be visited daily except from 24th December to 1st January. The opening times vary from season to season. Also, keep in mind that it may be closed during strong winds. This happens rarely, however, it is recommendable to call the museum prior departing to make sure that it is open.

Royal Engineers Museum

Royal Engineers Museum. The museum located in Gillingham is dedicated to military engineering and is a great place to spend an afternoon if you are interested in military engineering history in the UK. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and from 10:30 am during Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. It is closed on Mondays.