Places to visit

There really are plenty of interesting places to visit near the Inn. Animal lovers should definitely find their way to Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, which is widely known for the breeding of endangered species and its close relationships between staff and animals. The park is also home to the largest herd of African elephants in the UK and one of the largest groups of western lowland gorillas in the whole world.

The Dungeness National Nature Reserve is also nearby, if you prefer the wildlife to animal parks. Dungeness is one of the largest shingle beaches in Europe, conserved for its geomorphology, plant and invertebrate communities and bird life. It is a very special landscape providing a home to 600 species of plants, as well as countless insects, spiders and migratory birds. There have also been seven lighthouses at Dungeness, five high and two low, with only the fifth high one still fully operating.

However, if animals and wildlife isn’t your thing, there are other kind of attractions close by: one of the Kent’s top tourist attractions is the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. The railway has full size Steam & Diesel locomotives driving their way along the 13, 5 miles long track from Hythe to Dungeness with four stations in between, each within walking distance to a beach. One of them, New Romney Station also has a Model Railway Exhibition and a 1940’s Museum and Play Park.

Those interested in history would also want to visit Leeds Castle, “The Loveliest Castle in the World”, used by for example Henry VIII, and nowadays one the most visited historic buildings in Britain. Leeds Castle covers almost 900 years of history, has several museums and exhibitions, an open air theatre as well as 500 acres of parklands and gardens. Children will love the huge maze and underworld grotto also located in the castle.

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