Type:Towns & Villages

Chilham, Kent, CT4 8DL


Renowned for its beauty and charm, the Kentish village of Chilham lies high above the valley of the River Stour in the picturesque Kent Downs.

An incredibly ancient spot, with, at its heart four narrow steep lanes which rise up from the valley to emerge into the beautiful open space of Chilham square.  Surrounding this medieval gem are timber framed houses of Tudor origin, the 16th century church and the imposing Chilham Castle, with its exceptional views across the Stour Valley.

Yet the lure of this village is not simply in its buildings. The surrounding countryside of the beautiful Kent Downs is criss-crossed by many footpaths, bridalways and country lanes. These give visitors excellent access to an exquisite landscape of woodland and open country with breathtaking views, as well as sheltering the hidden Kentish villages of Shottenden and Old Wives Lees.  For the hardier walker, Chilham lies on the routes for the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury.

Should the outdoor activities prove too strenuous, Chilham also offers a traditional brand of Kentish hospitality in its many pubs and cozy accommodations, and provides the perfect base for exploring the area.

For more information, visit the official tourism website for Chilham

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Chilham is located half way between Canterbury and Ashford, between the A28 and A252.
Taylors Hill Car Park is at the bottom of Taylors Hill, off the A252 and less than 200 yards from the village square. Open 7 days a week, 8.00am – 5.30pm, parking is free of charge and disabled facilities are available.

Public Transport Directions

By train:
Chilham Station is on the Ashford Road about ¼ of a mile from Chilham village. Chilham is on the London Charing Cross line to Margate and Ramsgate, via Ashford and Canterbury West.
By bus:
Bus No 652 runs from Ashford to Canterbury Bus Station via Chilham on Monday to Saturday. The bus stop in Chilham village is at the entrance to Felborough Close, near the Woolpack

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