Interesting Kent

#1
I have a few days in Kent next week near Dymchurch. My other half has a few things to do in the area. Can anyone recommend places to go and see with a military bent that might not be at the top of googles first page? Ships, aircraft and army stuff from all eras interest me and I like a good walk as well. Ho and pubs like them a lot.
Ta.
 
#2
I lived in Hythe for 2 years which is next to Dymchurch. Not much left in this area in terms of military. You could poke around the woods at the back of Shorncliffe Camp. Lots of redoubts and stuff to nosey around. Further afield there's lots to look at around Dover, especially around western heights:

Dover Western Heights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also have the Spitfire Museum in Manston but its a good 45 mins away I should imagine and it's not that good anyway.
 
#5
Bit of a trek, but if you've got a day spare the wartime tunnels at Dover are an absolute must. All still intact, and were secret throughout the war dug into the cliffs and a manner of other good stuff.

Other than that not really a huge amount of warry stuff in Kent. Gunpowder works in my hometown where the Royal Artillery of old used to try out new mixes, but that's not worth the hours drive from Dymchurch.
 
#8
Not exactly on your doorstep in Dymchurch but the Chatham Historic Dockyard and Fort Amherst close by, are both worth a visit
 
#9
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway had a military train during the war. If you want older military connections, have a look at the Dr Syn books by Russell Thorndike, covering the fictional accounts of smuggling on Romney Marsh of the Vicar of Dymchurch.
 
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#12
Hawkinge is well worth the visit, sadly the Hop Farm is not what it was.
Chatham Dockyard and the RE museum are good as are the tunnels at Dover
Manston Spitfire museum is interesting, as is the detailed history of the airfield that is housed in the buildings beside the museum car park

Oh and don't forget the Batle of Britain memorial on the cliff between Dover and Folkestone
 
#13
Hever Castle is good - Home to the Boleyns, Romney Hythe and Dymchurch light railway, plus the one at Tenterden. Nip over the border to Groombridge Place or on to Ashdown Forest (Winnie the Pooh related stuff). Scotney Castle, plus the vineyard at Lamberhurst, Bewl water just down the road as is Bodiam Castle. Penshurst Place is another good visit, plenty of tea rooms and pubs in the village. The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells during one of teh festivals can be fun. High Rocks and the Pub there is nice and you can get the Spa valley railway from Eridge all the way through to Tunbridge Wells and it connects to Eridge main line now.
 
#16
Try these as well: Sound Mirrors

just down the road from you!


Always overlooked by history buffs,but fascinating things to see.
Mix a walk with finding others?
One on the cliffs at Dover (Abbots Cliff grid reference TR27083867) plus one cut into the cliffs Ramsgate way- not much to see though- right beside the Digby pub
Dover to Folkestone cliff top has all manner of gun emplacements/tumble down ex WWII buildings- even a range if a stroll plus exploring fits the plans
 
#17
Great suff. Keep them coming please as I have four days in the garden of England. So far I'm up for the sound mirrors, Hawkinge and the military canal. Dog will enjoy them as well . Dover castle and, er.. the Hornby/Airfix museum at Thannet if poss as well.
Being a black powder buff I would like to see the powder mill. I knew Chatham dockyard as a Sea cadet (that dates me)!
Any historic boats ships around kent?
 
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#19
Great suff. Keep them coming please as I have four days in the garden of England. So far I'm up for the sound mirrors, Hawkinge and the military canal. Dog will enjoy them as well . Dover castle and, er.. the Hornby/Airfix museum at Thannet if poss as well.
Being a black powder buff I would like to see the powder mill. I knew Chatham dockyard as a Sea cadet (that dates me)!
Any historic boats ships around kent?
As others have said, it's just a canal, but I heard a rumour that there's monster pike in there.

Perhaps you could find out and let me know :)

(Dover Western Heights and the Drop Redoubt are pretty interesting too, don't know if all of it is open to the public though)
 
#20
and if you're coming from the South West, go via Chichester and stop off at the old RAF Tangmere, signposted (IIRC) as Aviation History museum.
 

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