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Goodnestone Park Gardens

Goodnestone Park Gardens


Goodnestone Park Gardens

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Goodnestone Park Gardens is a peaceful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen. It has been described by various writers as “the very heart of rural England”, “one of the loveliest gardens in Kent”, “a haven of beautiful tranquillity hidden away in south East Kent”.

One of only three gardens in Kent to be awarded the coveted two stars in the Good Garden Guide. Covering approximately 14 acres, the garden has a formal area around the House, with a small box parterre, planted to celebrate the millennium.

The gravel garden was planted in 2003 and leads to the woodland area, and behind the wood the Golden Arboretum planted in 2001 to celebrate the Golden Wedding of Lord and Lady FitzWalter. The walled garden has always been the peaceful part of the gardens and a water feature which looks towards the village church tower was added in 2009.

The walled garden is covered in roses, wisteria, clematis and jasmine with rose-beds underplanted with perennials. There is also fruit, herbs and vegetables in the kitchen garden.

We have a large car park and pre-booked coaches are welcome.

Following a major restoration project the mansion is now available to let – for details phone 01227 806987

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

There are full disabled facilities and most areas of the Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs. Please note dogs are not allowed in the garden.

Opening details

2016 Opening Times:
Gardens open on the following dates plus Bank Holidays

March: Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
May to August: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 12 noon – 5pm
September: Sundays 12 noon – 4pm


Adults: £7.00
Senior Citizens: £6.50
Students: £5.00
Children 6-16: £2.00
Family Ticket (2x2) £16.00
Season Ticket £20.00
Disabled in wheelchair £3.00
Parties 20 and over £6.50 each
Parties outside opening £8.50 each

Please note we do not have card payment facilities.

Refreshments including home-made cakes and cream scones are available on all open days and light lunches are served during the main season



See location of Goodnestone Park Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 254544  Lat: 51.24421 Long: 1.22810

Goodnestone Park lies south off Canterbury, off the B2046 which runs from A2 to Wingham and is signposted from this road.

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

There are full disabled facilities and most areas of the Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs. Please note dogs are not allowed in the garden.