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Museum of Kent Life

Sandling, Kent

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The Museum of Kent Life is an open air museum located at Sandling, next to Allington Locks on the east bank of the River Medway.

Oast House at Meusium of Kent life
picture by N Edmonston

Converted to B&W by us using Capture NX2

The museum has a variety of buildings, most of which have been dismantled and re-erected at the museum. These include 2 farmhouses,  a barn, cottages, granary, forge, chapel, hopper huts, Oast, shepherds hut, tack room, village hall and wagon store.

At the museum, various aspects of farming are recreated. There are two small hop gardens, growing Fuggles and Goldings hops. Apple and plum orchards, a herb garden, a soft fruit garden and various livestock.

If you live nearby or feel you would be likely to visit several times, it would appear that if you buy a ticket by Gift Aid, you get a ticket valid for a year (excluding events).  You have to be a UK taxpayer to qualify.

Location: Museum of Kent Life, Sandling, Kent

Grid Reference:TQ749582 Ceremonial County: Kent

Map Link: multimap

Aerial photo: multimap

Getting there: The Museum is located next to the M20, five minutes from the centre of Maidstone. It is one hour from London and 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and ports.


M20 Coast bound: Exit at Junction 6. Take the 3rd exit at the first roundabout and 3rd exit on the second roundabout towards Aylesford. The Museum is on the left past The Village Hotel.


M20 London bound: Get into the Maidstone/Chatham filter lane and exit at Junction 6. Then take the 4th exit off the large roundabout towards Aylesford. The Museum is on the left past The Village Hotel.

By River Boat: The Kentish Lady sails from outside the Archbishop's Palace opposite the Court House in the centre of Maidstone, just five minutes walk from Maidstone West, 10 minutes from Maidstone East and a few minutes from the Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre. Please call 01622 753740 to check sailing times.

Website:  own    museum map
Other Useful Websites: wiki 
Email: enquiries@museum-kentlife.co.uk
Address: The Museum of Kent Life, Cobtree, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent
Postcode: ME14 3AU Telephone: 01622 763936
Opening Times: Mid Feb to early Nov, open every day, 10am to 5pm, open at other times for groups.   Event List 

Charges: Adults 7.50; Children 5.20; under 3 free; concessions 6;

Special events 1 per head more.

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Other Location Pages:

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List of Living History Museums

Living history museums introduction

Notes: Their website is not the easiest to find information on, to find information on different buildings go to the site museums map page and take the hyperlinks in the list under the map.


CIN Page Ref: kent_life

Classification: Living History

Date Updated: 07/2008

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