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Places to Visit

This contains a large number of places you can visit and their details. Please ensure you check the details before you visit.

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Amberley, near Arundel, West Sussex. Covers 36 acres of former chalk pits. Has over 30 buildings, hundreds of exhibits, a variety of working crafts people, nature and woodland trail.

01798 831370 www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

Arundel, West Sussex. See, feed and learn about wetland birds. 60 acres of ponds, lakes and reedbeds. Educational events for children.

01903 881522 www.wwt.org.uk

Ashdown Forest Llama Park

Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex. A leading llama breeding centre in the country. Farm work, museum, shop, picnic and play areas.

01825 712040 www.llamapark.co.uk

Bank of England Museum

Find out what the Bank does.  Learn about banknote design and try to lift a gold bar.  Audio visual displays and a shop. Free presentations to Groups but booking essential on 020 7601 3822

020 7601 5545 www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum

Bedgebury Forest

Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst.  Adventure in a world of trees.  Children's play area, cycle tracks, dirt jump tracks, freeride areas.  Special events.

01580 879820 www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

near Lewis, East Sussex. Waterfowl, artists, gardens, woodland trails and motor museum.

01825 840573 www.bentley.org.uk

Bewl Water

Lamberhurst, Kent. Boat trips, walks and rides, playground, cafe, shop and special events.

01892 890661 www.bewl.co.uk

Biddenden Vineyards

Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden.  Kent's oldest commercial vineyard.  Guided and non-guided tours.  Ideal visit for Fellowships and Networks.  Combine it with a meal or visit to another local attraction.

01580 291726 www.biddendenvineyards.com

Birdworld

Farnham, Surrey. Stunning collection of colourful and exotic birds from all around the world set in 26 acres. Admission also includes entry to Underwater World and Jenny Wren Farm.

01420 22140 www.birdworld.co.uk

Blue Reef Aquarium

Hastings, East Sussex. Open top tanks allow close encounters with friendly rays, while "hands on" tide-pools and crashing surf displays recreate the seas' many different aspects.

www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/hastings

Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex. Preservation of steam railways and museum.

01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Borde Hill

Haywards Heath, West Sussex. 22 acres of parkland with different gardens.

01444 450326 www.bordehill.co.uk

Broadlands

Romsey, Hampshire. The historic home of Lord Mountbatten. House and exhibition. Visit in conjunction with Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre.

01794 529750 www.broadlandsestates.co.uk

Brogdale Horticultural Trust

Faversham, Kent. Home of the national fruit collection, tours, plant centre, tea rooms and gift shop.

01795 536250 www.brogdalecollections.co.uk

Buckingham Palace and Clarence House

London. Summer opening of state rooms and Clarence House.

www.royalcollection.org.uk

Canterbury Walking Tours

Explore Canterbury's historic past with a 90 minute walking tour led by a Canterbury Tourist Guide. 

01227 459779 www.canterbury-walks.co.uk

Chartwell

National Trust Property - the home of Winston Churchill.  House, gardens and restaurant located in the Weald of Kent.

01732 868 381 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Chislehurst Caves

Miles of mystery and history beneath your feet.  45 minute guided tours.

020 8467 3264 www.chislehurst-caves.co.uk

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London. The rooms have been kept exactly as they were before the lights were finally extinguished after six years of war. Visitors can step back in time as they walk through the actual rooms, experiencing the atmosphere and conditions and witnessing where Winston Churchill took decisions crucial to the survival of the nation.

020 7930 6961 www.iwm.org.uk

Crampton Tower Museum

The Broadway, Broadstairs.  Houses the inventions and collections of Thomas Crampton. 

01843 871133 www.cramptontower.co.uk

Denbies

London Road, Dorking, Surrey. England's largest vineyard.Train tour and cellar wine tastings.

01306 876616 www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk

Diggerland

Strood, Kent. You can drive and dig using real machinery. Play area, cafe.

0871 2277007 www.diggerland.com

Docklands Light Railway

The DLR elevated track sweeps between buildings and water, exhilarating views of this area of great contrasts. Lively commentaries on selected trains. Can board at various places and connect to Underground stations. Ideal to combine with visit to National Martime Museum etc at Greenwich.

www.dlr.co.uk

Doddington Place Gardens

Sittingbourne, Kent. Gardens, shop and restaurant.

01795 886101 www.doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk

Druidstone Wildlife Park and Enchanted Woodland

Honey Hill, Blean, Kent. Animal park, adventure playground, peace and tranquility in the woodland, cafe and gift shop.

01227 765168 www.druidstone.net

Duxford Aviation Museum

Duxford, Cambridge. Over seven acres of indoor exhibitions with an outstanding collection of over 150 historic aircraft. Aviation badges can be completed.  Ring for info and booking form for all badges. Under 16s go FREE.

01223 835 000 www.iwm.org.uk

Eagle Heights

Eagle Heights is one of the UKs largest bird of prey centres with approximately 150 raptors.  Based at Eynsford, Kent. 

01322 866577 www.eagleheights.co.uk

English Heritage Properties

Open free to Scouting Groups by booking in advance.  Includes Dover Castle.

0870 3331181 www.english-heritage.org.uk

Farming World

Nash Court, Boughton, Faversham, Kent. Animal areas, adventure playground, museum and birds of prey flying displays.

01227 751144 www.farming-world.com

Finchcocks Living Museum of Music

Goudhurst, Kent. Entertaining demonstrations and recital tours. Thirteen acres of grounds with magnificent collection of 90 historical keyboard instruments.

01580 211702 www.finchcocks.co.uk

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex. Roman Britain's largest domestic building.

01243 785859 www.sussexpast.co.uk

Footsteps in Time Costumed Tours

  Take a guided walking tour of historic Rochester led by one of Charles Dickens' characters.  Minimum of 10 people - no maximum.  Suitable for wheelchair users.

01634 818630 www.footstepsintimerochester.co.uk

Go Ape

Bedgebury Forest and Leeds Castle.  Award winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings, adventure course and zip slides all set up high in the treetops.

0845 643 9215 www.goape.co.uk

Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest

Groombridge, nr Tunbridge Wells. Something for everyone; gardens, enchanted forest and special events.

01892 861 444 www.groombridge.co.uk

Hastings Lifeboat Station and Visitor Centre

The Stade, Hastings. Station houses the lifeboat ‘Sealink Endeavour’, the launching tractor and inshore lifeboat. It provides visitors with a unique view of the RNLI’s work both locally and nationally. Conducted tours which include video presentations, talk and boathouse tours. Visits can be arranged during days or evenings.

01424 720828 www.rnli.org.uk

Hever Castle

Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and award winning gardens. Splashing water maze and collection of miniature model houses are added attractions.

01732 865224 www.hevercastle.co.uk

High Beeches Gardens,

Handcross, West Sussex. Tea room and restaurant, landscaped gardens.

01444 400589 www.highbeeches.com

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

Gardens and tea rooms in 27 acres of woodland.  Near Handcross, mid Sussex.

01444 400589 www.highbeeches.com

HMS Belfast

Morgans Lane, Tooley Street, London. Europe’s last big gun armoured warship. Free admission for children under 16. Opportunities to "Kip in a Ship".

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

Hole Park

A garden for all seasons located in Rolvenden, Cranbrook.  250 acres of woodland surrounds the formal Edwardian gardens.  Tea room and plant stall.

01580 241344 www.holepark.com

Hop Farm Family Park

Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent. Fun, excitement, discovery combine with rural heritage. Interactive exhibitions, magnificent shire horses, children’s pets corner, Legends in wax exhibition, childrens' driving school and indoor play area.

01622 872068 www.thehopfarm.co.uk

Hornby Visitor Centre

Track the history of Hornby's model trains through their development.  Hornby is also home to Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi.  Visit the well stocked shop.

01843 233525 www.hornby.com/visitorcentre

Howletts and Port Lympne Animal Parks

Canterbury and Port Lympne, near Hythe. Specialist animal parks dedicated to the preservation of rare and endangered animals. Opportunity to complete Beaver, Cub and Scout Activity Badge. - Call the Education officer.

0844 842 4647 www.totallywild.net

Ightham Mote

National Trust Property near Sevenoaks.  House, gardens and estate set deep in the Kent countryside.

01732 810378 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ighthammote

Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London. National collection of treasurers relating to war. Interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities for children. Admission FREE.

020 7416 5320 www.iwm.org.uk

Kent and East Sussex Railway

Tenterden Town Station, Tenterden, Kent. Steam trains run through 10.5 miles of countryside from Tenterden through Northiam to Bodiam, East Sussex. Combine a trip on the railway with a visit to Bodiam Castle.

01580 765155 www.kesr.org.uk

Kent Life

Cobtree, Maidstone, Kent. An attractive 50-acre site the Museum draws together many strands of Kent’s rich heritage. A collection of historic buildings, housing interactive exhibitions, a working farm, orchard, hop and herb gardens, riverside and country walks and craft workers.

0845 070 6255 www.kentlife.org.uk

Kent Wildlife Trust, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent.

Discover amazing wildlife and enjoy a fun, hands on group visit. Open 7 days a week. 5 visitor centres county wide.

01622 662012 www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk

Kentish Lady Boat Trips

Trips on the scenic River Medway .  Trips start at Archbishops Palace Maidstone or Allington Lock.  One hour, three hour or private hire trips.

01622 753740 www.kentishlady.co.uk

Leeds Castle

Maidstone, Kent. Castle, dog collar museum, wood, garden, aviary, vineyard, maze and grotto, walks and trails.

01622 765400 www.leeds-castle.com

Lords Cricket Ground

Guided tours of the cricket ground and MCC Museum.  The most famous cricket ground in the world founded in 1787 by Thomas Lord.

020 7616 8595 www.lords.org/tours

Madame Tussauds

Marylebone Road, London. Wax works with over 400 life-like figures. ‘Spirit of London’ time travel ride whisks you through the sights, sounds and smells of 400 years of London life.

0871 894 3000 www.madame-tussauds.com

Marwell Zoo

Colden Common, near Winchester. Over 200 species of animals and birds.

01962 777407 www.marwell.org.uk

Merriments Gardens

Hurst Green, East Sussex. Unique combination of specialist nursery, large garden, shop and restaurant.

01580 860666 www.merriments.co.uk

Michelham Priory

Upper Dicker, Halisham, East Sussex.  Michelham Priory offers you a day out of true peace and tranquility.  Explore the gardens, exhibitions, garden sculptures.  Have a meal and see one of England's oldest working watermills.

01323 844224 www.sussexpast.co.uk

Monkton Nature Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve in Thanet near the junction of the A253/A299 Thanet Way. They have facilities to cater for sessions with small groups and can assist with badges such as Astronomer Activity badge, Global Conservation and Naturalist badge. 16 acres contains a variety of diverse habitats from woodland, cliffe, chalk grassland with water-life in the ponds and bats in the cave.

01843 822666 www.monkton-reserve.org

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Hernhill, nr Faversham,Kent. Nine acres of gardens, tea room and shop.

01227 751496 www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk

MV Princess Pocahontas

West Street, Gravesend, Kent. Cruises along the Thames available for private hire.

01732 353448 www.princess-pocahontas.com

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich, London. Discover the story of the sea and seafarers and the effect on our lives. Hands-on exhibits for children. Have a go at the Beaver Scout Explore Badge sponsored by the Museum.  Free resources on web site.  Admission FREE.

020 8858 4422 www.rmg.co.uk

Nausicaa - Boulogne, France

For those who might like to travel further afield. A unique encounter between man and the sea. Nausicaa reveals how the sea is used through spectacular exhibits covering the ocean. A dazzling variety of coral, tropical, deep water, sharks and sea lions.

www.nausicaa.fr

Newhaven Fort

Newhaven. 16 casemates with interactive WW1 and WW2 displays. Cafe and shop.

01273 517622 www.newhavenfort.org.uk

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent. Sail back in time aboard a real steamship.

01634 827648 www.kingswearcastle.co.uk

Paradise Park

Newhaven, East Sussex. Garden and exhibitions, playground and childrens activities.

01273 512123 www.paradisepark.co.uk

Pashley Manor

Ticehurst, East Sussex. Landscaped gardens and programme of events. Cafe.

01580 200888 www.pashleymanorgardens.com

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent. Historic house with toy museum. Adventure playground and nature trail.

01892 870307 www.penshurstplace.com

Powell Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens

Quex Park, Birchington, Kent. Museum based on the collections of Major Powell- Cotton featuring animals, African art, pottery and masks. Educational visits can be pre-booked with hands-on activities for groups.

01843 842168 www.quexmuseum.org

RAF Manston History Museum

The history of the airfield from 1916 to the present day.  Its use by the RAF and civil airlines.

01843 825224 www.rafmanston.co.uk

RAF Museum, Hendon

Hendon, London. Historic hangars, bomber hall and hands on exhibits.

020 8205 2266 www.rafmuseum.org.uk

Ramsgate

Discover the delights of Ramsgate and all it has to offer.

www.ramsgatetown.org

Rare Breeds Centre

Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent. Children's Barn, tractor rides, playground, woodland walks and 'Meet the animals'.

01233 861493 www.rarebreeds.org.uk

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Stations at Hythe, New Romney, Dymchurch and Dungeness. The World’s smallest public railway with a toy and model museum at New Romney Station. The end of the line is Dungeness with the power station, lighthouse and café within walking distance.

01797 362353 www.rhdr.org.uk

Romney Marsh Wartime Collection

Romney Marsh, Kent. Museum with comprehensive range of exhibits relating to the 2nd world war.

01797 344747 www.brenzettaero.co.uk

Royal Engineers Museum

Museum and Library which tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers.  Recommended by local Beaver Scout Colony for a visit.

01634 822839 www.re-museum.co.uk

Royal Observatory

Greenwich, London. Brand new exhibition for the millennium, ‘The Story of Time’. Displays of clocks and visitors can stand astride the Greenwich Meridian. Planetarium shows, astronomy and time galleries.  Admission FREE, but additional cost to Planetarium.

020 8312 6608 www.rmg.co.uk

Rye Heritage Centre

The Rye Heritage Centre provides an ideal introduction to the town bringing together the story of Rye, set within the Rye town model which is a complete sound and light show.

01797 226696 www.ryeheritage.co.uk

Shell Grotto

Margate, Kent. The only underground shell temple in the world. 2,000 square feet of winding passages with exquisite mosaic designs.

01843 220008 www.shellgrotto.co.uk

Shepherd Neame Brewery

Faversham, Kent. Suitable for our Network and Scout Active Support members! Guide through the heart of a busy working brewery and tasting.

01795 542016 www.shepherdneame.co.uk

Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre

Rock-A-Nore, Hastings. Exhibition of 3000 years of shipwrecks, live radar, video and radio to monitor shipping in the channel. Adjacent to Sea Life Aquarium.

01424 437452 www.shipwreck-heritage.org.uk

Shoreham Airport

Shoreham. Visitor Centre, history of airfield and guided tours by appointment.

01273 467373 www.shorehamairport.co.uk

Smugglers Adventure

St. Clements Caves, Hastings, Sussex. Dark caverns and winding tunnels of St. Clements Caves deep within the West Hill of Hastings to discover the Smugglers Adventures. More than 50 life size figures activated by push buttons, dramatic sound and eerie lighting. Situated 5 minutes from Hastings Castles where the 1066 story is brought to life.  Buy a combined ticket to the 1066 story and Blue Reef Aquarium.

01424 444412 www.smugglersadventure.co.uk

Squerryes Court Manor House

Westerham,Kent. House and gardens.

01959 562345 www.squerryes.co.uk

The Canterbury Tales

St. Margaret’s St, Canterbury. Fascinating and humourous introduction to five of Chaucer’s tales with a reconstruction of medieval Canterbury.

0845 070 6255 www.canterburytales.org.uk

The Chapel Down Winery at Tenterden Vineyard Park

Small Hythe, Tenterden, Kent. Largest producer of English sparking wine. Guided and self-tours, herb garden, plant centre, wine and gift shop, café.

01580 766111

The Historic Dockyard - Chatham, Kent

The foundation of the naval power that built the British Empire. Contains Wooden Walls Exhibition, RNLI museum, battle ships, ropery, craft workshops and much more.  HMS Cavalier offers the opportunity to sleep on board!

01634 823815 www.thedockyard.co.uk

The Observatory Science Centre

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex. Domes of discovery exhibition, hands on science and discovery park.

01323 832731 www.the-observatory.org

The Tower of London

Tower Hill, London. 900 years of history. The crown jewels and other artefacts are on display.

0844 482 7777 www.hrp.org.uk

Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge, Kent. History comes alives with an interactive tour of the castle. Most complete motte and bailey castle in Kent.

01732 770929 www.tonbridgecastle.org

Tulley Maze Fun Park

Experience the Wild West and enter the Giant Maize Maze. Panning for Gold, bouncy castle, galloping horse hops, farm shop and tea rooms.

01342 718472 www.tulleysfarm.com

Twickenham World Rugby Museum and Stadium Tours

Stadium tours which show you the inside story of the England dressing room.  You will also see the Royal Box, Pitchside, VIP areas, Hospitality box, stadium and includes admission to the museum.

020 8892 8877 www.rfu.com/museum

Watercress Line

Alresford, Hampshire. Hampshire's heritage railway.

01962 733810 www.watercressline.co.uk

Wilderness Wood

Hadlow Down, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex. A 61 acre working wood with trails and exhibtions.

01825 830509 www.wildernesswood.co.uk

Wildwood

Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent. A unique woodland discovery park in Kent. Visit the Saxon village, and the leafy forest where the only breeding pack of European wolves is based. Night Tours available.

0871 7820081 www.wildwoodtrust.org

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Experience the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and embark on a stunning multi-dimensional tour of the traditions, the triumphs, the emotions and the sights and sounds that have made Wimbledon the most coveted title in tennis.  Easily accessible from all points around London.

020 8946 6131 www.wimbledon.com/museum

Windsor Castle

Windsor. Details for booking as Buckingham Palace. Oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. State appartments, chapel and tours.

www.royalcollection.org.uk

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