JUL 03,2013 - JUL 03,2013 (1 DAYS)
One easy day in Maidstone:
Orientation: Don't expect a lot from Maidstone. No sensational attractions. No famous sites. Just a pleasant town to stroll (or pass) in a rainy day or for a lazy half/full day. The town visit can be combined with a half-day visit in Leeds Castle. I didn't plan to travel to Leeds Castle just because there is no convenient public transportation to/from this site and due to its pricey admission fees...
In this tip I'll provide you with several local points of interest with their accompanying pictures. All of them are in the compact town centre and there's no need for detailed walking instructions...
Archbishops' Palace courtyard - nowadays The Register Office:
The Carriage Museum: Open: Wed. - Sun 12.00 - 16.00. Admission: 1 GBP.
The Museum is located in the Archbishops' Stables, bulit in the 14th century as part of the Archbishops' Palace courtyard opposite the river. The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages is home to a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles. The collection is the legacy of Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt-Drake and viewed as the finest in Europe of its kind. You can spend enjoyable half an hour here.
Maidstone Post Office - 89 Bank Street:
Maidstone Museum & Bentliff Art Gallery:
Free admission. Plenty of exhibits: dinosaurs, a real mummy, the Japan room. Some stuff (local history, pottery, ecology) I found rather boring. Beaware: the museum is not well signposted !
Maidstone Museum - Barbara Villieri - Mistress of Charles II (c. 1660-1674):
Maidstone Museum - Lady Godiva, 1861, John Thomas:
Maidstone Museum - Cloissone Crane - China 1700-1730 - Julius Brenchley Collection:
Maidstone Museum - Print in Japan Gallery - Utagawa Hirashige 1797 - 1858:
Maidstone Museum - Print in Japan Gallery - Katsushika Hokusai - 1760-1849:
Maidstone Museum - Tailboard "Tourist Camera" - George Hare 1865:
I spent two hours strolling around Maidstone centre. Even if it was a rainy day I enjoyed this pleasant town which is kept really well.
Medway River runs in Maidstone centre:
Brenchley Gardens - on the way from Maidstone East railway station to the town centre: