Kent Museums for Kids

Visiting museums with kids does not have to be stressful. On the contrary, many kids enjoy visiting museums as long as there is something for them too. In Kent, there are no museums specialized for young visitors but most of them offer fun and educative activities, and/or interactive exhibitions which will entertain your kids and enable you to learn more about the local history, art, natural history, archaeology or whatever interests you the most.

There are many Kent museums that are appropriate for kids of all ages. Here are only a few that offer something for the entire family:

Dover Museum

Dover Museum. Here you can learn more about the local history and archaeology. Periodically (once to twice a month), the museum offers Family Days on various topics suitable for families with children of all ages. Dover Museum is located in the centre of Dover and is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Sundays from September to March, on 25th and 26th December, and 1st January.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle. The medieval castle above the White Cliffs of Dover is one of the most popular Kent attractions. Exiting exhibitions showing the history of the castle from the Middle Ages until the end of World War II including the secret wartime tunnels are enjoyed by children of all ages. Opening times vary from season to season, so be sure to call in advance if you do not live nearby. It is closed from 24th December to 1st January and in case of strong winds. These are very rare, however, it is a good idea to inform yourself about the weather conditions in Dover before departing, especially if you are travelling far distance and would really like to visit this spectacular castle.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle. This castle, also known as The Loveliest Castle in the World offers a fun experience for the entire family. It is located east of the village of Leeds in a breathtaking surroundings that makes it truly one of England’s most impressive castles. It can be visited daily all year round from 10:30 am to 5 pm except for 5th and 6th November, and Christmas Day.

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Canterbury Heritage Museum. Another popular museum among families offers exciting exhibitions and hands-on activities from pre-Roman period to modern history. The museum also features the Rupert Bear Museum that is particularly interesting to young kids. It is located in the medieval Poor Priests’ Hospital in Stour Street in the centre of Canterbury and is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm. The museum is closed on 25th and 26th December, 1st January and Good Friday.

Kent Life

Kent Life. This open air museum is best known for the historic rural buildings which have been dismantled and rebuilt on the site. However, Kent Life also offers a number outdoor activities for children enabling them to learn about life in a farm and have a great time at the same time. Kent Life is located at Sandling and is open daily (except for 25th and 26th December, and 1st January) from 10 am to 6 pm during weekends and school holidays, and until 5 pm during midweek.