Scotney Castle: Things to See and Do Nearby



When you visit Scotney Castle, it’s easy to become immersed in the gardens and the castle itself, along with 700 acres of land. The estate itself can take an entire day to enjoy. But there is also a lot that you can explore nearby to keep the adventure going.

Scenic Adventures, Parks and More History

If you’re visiting the area for the first time or love the majestic atmosphere of Scotney Castle, it’s time to take it a step further. Within minutes, or under 30 minutes, you can reach the following destinations nearby:

  • Bewl Water: The Bewl Water is just a 5-minute drive from the castle, and you can hire a bike to ride around the reservoir. There are trails to bike and walk on to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the countryside.
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest: Another great place to go for a walk, ride or picnic. This beautiful forest comes to life with colors, and there are areas for kids to play on, too.
  • Dunorlan Park: Another quick drive from Scotney, this park is beautiful and filled with wildlife. Run along the water, talk a boat tour and enjoy the scenery.

If you want to enjoy other estates on your trip, there are two estates within 20 minutes from Scotney that deserve a visit:

  • Bateman’s: Home of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman’s features the iconic Jacobean House.  The home was built in 1634, and it was owned by a former iron master. Several forges still exist in the area, and the famous poet Rudyard Kipling made the beautiful home his own, which he wrote about in 1902. His wife would be granted the home on his death, but the home and the 330-acre estate was given to the National Trust on her death.
  • Sissinghurst Castle: A refuge of beauty, this castle’s garden is the main draw. One of the most famous castles in all of England, this castle dates back to 1930 and was created by the famous poet Harold Nicolson. Farms and buildings still exist on the property along with white gardens. The cottage garden has a beautiful garden seat with budding flowers all around.
  • Bodiam Castle: Bodiam Castle brings you back to a 14th century moated castle that is nothing short of breathtaking. The castle is an ancient monument, with a tower to look out upon as well as a ruin where knights have said to traversed. Richard II approved the building of the castle, and it was used for defense during the Hundred Years’ War.

These are just some of the many great things to do and see nearby.

If you have a long day, there is more that you’ll want to do than simply look at beautiful scenery – you’ll want to eat, too.

Restaurants and Pubs

Food and drink can be found restaurants nearby, which offer delicious cuisine and fun atmospheres. A few of the most recommended places to dine when visiting Scotney Castle include:

  • La Dolce Vita: One of the best places to sit down and eat Italian food in the heart of England. The name has changed to “The Riverside” recently, but it still provides the same great taste with local produce. Fish, meat and pasta are included in virtually every main course.
  • Brown Trout: Open 12pm to 11pm every day of the week, this pub offers seafood and traditional British cuisine all day long. The best ale in the city is available at the Brown Trout.
  • The Hiltonz: The Hiltzons offers a quick pub lunch or something even more traditional. A traditional farmhouse menu is included. The pub aims to be a blast from the past, featuring a 600-year-old pub atmosphere.

If you’re up for a longer trip, you can visit the town of Maidstone, which is to the north. This is where you’ll find an abundance of food and drink available, with the most popular restaurants and pubs in the city being:

  • Shamrat: A great Indian restaurant with a flavorful menu of food that features tender meat and a touch of spice. This is the most popular restaurant in town.
  • Prezzo: Italian cuisine at its finest can be found at Prezzo. Top notch food at prices you can afford is the best way to explain Prezzo.
  • White Rabbit: The White Rabbit is a true pub, and it’s a delight from start to finish. A long bar is stocked with countless ales, and the food is fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, and tasty food awaits all visitors.

It’s not hard to find restaurants in the city, but the best-of-the-best are listed above.

There’s also a lot to do at Scotney Castle, too, with outdoor excursions and frequent groups that will help you learn about the history of the surrounding area and the estate itself.

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