Archbishops Palace

Discover some riverside delights

Visit two of Maidstone River Park’s most iconic buildings during next month’s Heritage Open Days.

On Thursday 7 September, you have an opportunity to see inside Archbishops Palace. This magnificent medieval Ragstone Palace was originally built as a resting place for the Archbishops of Canterbury on their way to London. It is now home to the Kent Register Office. Guided tours will take place at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 4pm.

There is a maximum of 25 people per tour and places must be pre-booked in advance via email to registerofficemaid@kent.gov.uk. Please give details of the tour time you’d like and the number of guests.

Next door to the Palace is All Saints Church. This historic church was built in 1395 by Archbishop Courtenay and it became one of the grandest Perpendicular churches in England. The church will be open from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September.

On Saturday, there will be a teddy bear abseil from the church tower. The cost is £2 per teddy and all the brave bears will get a certificate. Proceeds from the abseil will go towards the All Saints Restoration and Development Trust.

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