Godinton House & Gardens

Ancient house of Dutch gables set in an early twentieth-century Blomfield garden, with surviving seventeenth century built features.

Godinton Park, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP

Godinton House and Garden in Kent

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
for the latest information.
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
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Let us know here

Godinton is a comfortable, much-loved home; each room has a different feel, a contrast on a theme, not designed by architect or curator but for the taste and enjoyment of those who lived here over the centuries and now for visitors.

Tours of the house are led by expert guides unravelling the 600 years of history and revealing an excellent country house collection of furniture, art, porcelain and curios.

Enjoy delicious homemade cakes and refreshments in the old Billiard Room.

The famous yew hedge surrounds the formal gardens with the wild, Italian and walled gardens beyond, full of colour and interest through the seasons.

Events, courses and workshops are run throughout the year to be enjoyed by all. Godinton is an excellent teaching resource tailored to suit individual needs.

A working estate with lovely walks, close to the picturesque village of Great Chart.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Gardens: Open Tuesday to Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays from 1 March to 31 October, 1pm–6pm (last booked entry 5pm).

House: Friday and Saturday from Friday 7 April to Saturday 30 September.
Tours at 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm.

Tearoom (for House & Garden/Garden visitors only): The main tearoom in the house is open Friday and Saturday (plus on Sundays for special events only) from 1pm to 5pm. There are takeaway refreshments available from our Ticket Office.

Note for Historic Houses members: We request that if members are not able to attend they contact 01233 643854 to release their tickets. Capacity is limited due to the current restrictions.


Historic Houses members visit free on normal open days. Book online and select a free Historic Houses member ticket. Enter the number of visitors, date and time of the visit, and the Historic Houses membership number(s). Cards must be presented on arrival.

House prices
Adults £15, Children (under 16) Free, except on some event days.

Garden prices

Adults £8, Children (under 16) Free, except on some event days.

Group Visits

Book an exclusive group visit to the house Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm. All tours of the house are guided by our very enthusiastic and informative guides, a tour takes approximately one hour. Maximum group size is 53, minimum size 12.

Educational Visits

Godinton welcomes visits from primary and secondary schools.

Further information is available on request.

Please contact us

01233 643854

for the latest information.
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Godinton Park, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3BP

Situated on the outskirts of Ashford, 2 minutes from A20. Good access from M20 (J9), high speed rail London to Ashford 40 mins

Take the train to Ashford International station, taxi rank outside. Bus, Ashford to Maidstone 10X service and then approx. 20 minute walk along country lane.

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