Chiddingstone Castle And The Denys Eyre Bower Collection

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Chiddingstone Castle holds the collections of Denys Eyre Bower. This unusual character built up an impressive array of items from around the world. When he died in 1977 a private trust was created to preserve and display his artifacts at Chiddingstone Castle.

The Castle holds a range of objects, most of which are divided into four sub-sections: Buddhist, Egyptian, Japanese and Jacobite. There are four rooms at the castle dedicated to each of these fascinating collections.

Chiddingstone Castle is a private trust that was formed after much work by Ruth Eldridge because The National Trust was unable to take the collection over. Today the Castle, collections and grounds are managed and maintained by this private trust.

Guests to Chiddingstone can also enjoy a number of interesting features alongside; the Japanese, Egyptian, Buddhist and Stuart collections. They include a children's activity room, Victorian kitchens, tea room, over 30 acres of grounds and gardens, an orangery, waterfall, lake and gift shop.

The Buddhist Collection

Includes over 100 items, many statues in the Sino-Tibetan and Himalayan traditions. Some beautiful pieces connected to many other Buddhist traditions and countries of origin. There is an unusual painting of the Diamond Mandala and a Japanese sword with a Buddhist inscription.

The Egyptian Collection

Several items of great significance in understand ancient Egyptian culture. Shabti figures, a funerary boat over 4,000 years old, and a very interesting mummified cat.

The Japanese Collection

A number of internationally important items, primarily armor and weaponry from the Edo period. Also some ornaments and pieces of furniture.

The Stuart and Jacobite Collection

Denys Bower felt a particular connection with the Jacobite cause, to such an extent that he was a member of the Stuart Society. This part of the collection includes a number of important paintings, and documents and even some swords used at the Battle of Culloden.

Opening Times 2012

The Castle will be open to the public until the 28th October, 11am until 5pm on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Gardens and Grounds are open twelve months a year the exceptions being those days the castle is holding private functions.

Admission Charges 2012

  • Adults - £8
  • Children under 5* - Free*
  • Children 5 to 13 - £4
  • Families (2 adults+ 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) - £21.50
  • Adult Group per person (min 15 people) unguided - £7
  • Adult Season Ticket - £23
  • Family Season Ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) - £60.50
  • Parking (an honesty box is located in the car park, with a suggested donation of £2 per car) - £2

For More Information:

  • Chiddingstone Castle
    Hill Hoath Road
    Chiddingstone
    Kent
    TN8 7AD
  • Tel: 01892 870347
  • www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Chiddingstone Castle Gardens

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