Museums and Heritage Centres
Ashford has a number of museums, heritage centres and archives dedicated to preserving and promoting the borough’s rich history and heritage. Discover more about each site by clicking on the links below:
Ashford Borough Museum
Situated in the town centre Church Yard, it features many displays that cover the town’s history over the centuries; lost businesses, local archaeological finds, smuggling, both World War efforts, plus extensive rail memorabilia.
- Ashford Borough Museum, Ashford town centre TN23 1QG
- Ashford Borough Museum website
Situated in the rural village of Brook in superb period buildings, the collection consists of a large range of items relating to the agricultural history of Kent.
- Agricultural Museum, Brook TN25 5PF
- Agricultural Museum website
The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum
The museum records the life and work of Holman Fred Stephens, light railway promoter, engineer and manager.
- The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, Tenterden TN30 6HE
- The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum website
Pluckley Heritage Centre
This Heritage Lottery funded project aims to create a centre at the back of St Nicholas’ Church for visitors and villagers alike, which brings to life the history of the church and the people who have lived here through the centuries.
- Pluckley Heritage Centre, Pluckley TN27 8RT
- Pluckley Heritage Centre
Smarden Heritage Centre
Located at The Charter Hall in the heart of one of Wealden Kent's loveliest villages, the centre forms part of Smarden Local History Society and consists of original and digital historical material relating to Smarden's history, its society and architecture.
- Smarden Heritage Centre, Smarden TN27 8NF
- Smarden Heritage Centre website
Tenterden and District Museum
Exhibits show the history of Tenterden and the Cinque Ports, reflecting the rich history of the area.
- Tenterden and District Museum, Tenterden TN30 6HN
- Tenterden and District Museum website
One of the largest, and still active smock mills in the south of England. Discover how a windmill works and see for yourselves how wheat is ground to make flour.
- Willesborough Windmill, Ashford TN24 0QG
- Willesborough Windmill website
Woodchurch Village Life Museum
Housed in an 18th century barn and 17th century shed, the museum is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Woordchurch’s History.
- Woodchurch Village Life Museum, Woodchurch TN26 3RE
- Woodchurch Village Life Museum website
Newly restored to working order, Woodchurch Windmill is an excellent example of a Kentish smock mill.
- Woodchurch Windmill, Woodchurch TN26 3QJ
- Woodchurch Windmill website