Kent Museums for Nature Lovers

If you are planning to visit Kent for its natural beauties, you most likely do not see yourself spending an afternoon in a museum. Kent indeed has a beautiful landscape offering lots to see and to do, and there is no need to change your plans. On the other hand, a bad weather can always ruin your plans. In addition, not all museums are dedicated to history and arts.

The Powell-Cotton Museum

The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park is definitely worth visiting even if you are not unpleasantly surprised by bad weather. The museum which has its roots in the late 19th century is renowned for its splendid collection of various objects from Africa and Asia as well as outstanding display of African wildlife. The museum’s collection that also includes priceless pieces of weaponry, ceramics and archaeological artefacts bases on trophies that were gathered by Percy Powell-Cotton during his trips to Africa and Asia in the 19th century. Many of the items displayed at the museum are considered just as important as those kept by the national museums.

In addition to the museum itself, the Powell-Cotton Museum includes a 19th century mansion and 15 acre gardens. In the gardens surrounding the Powell-Cotton Museum, will be able to admire beautiful flowers, exotic trees and other impressive plants as well as peacocks that seem to feel excellent in the environmentally-friendly managed gardens. Due to the fact that the garden management uses green gardening methods and does not use chemical insecticides, you will be also able to notice a number of colourful butterflies and moths that are frequent visitors to the gardens. If you like nature, you will without a doubt like the Powell-Cotton Museum too. It is located in the village of Birchington-on-Sea and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Mondays (but it is open on Bank Holidays).

The Down House

The Down House is another must-see for nature lovers. It is the former home of the renowned English naturalist Charles Darwin and is completely open to public. In addition to be able to have a peak into Darwin’s former residence and his life, you will be able to see Darwin’s experiments in his greenhouse, walk down his “thinking path“ and visit sites such as Downe Bank, Keston Ponds and High Elms which played an important role in his work. The Down House is an amazing blend of history and natural history which will delight visitors of all ages. The house is located south of the village of Downe which was in Darwin’s times a parish in Kent (today it is a part of the Outer London). The opening times vary from season to season, so be sure to inform yourself if it is open before you hit the road. Also, keep in mind that car parking is limited. If you live in London or depart from London, you are highly recommended to use public transport.