Museums and Heritage Centres
Ashford has a number of museums, heritage centres and archives. These are used to preserve and promote the borough’s rich history and heritage. The links below provide more information about each site.
Ashford Borough Museum
The museum is located in the Church Yard in the town centre. It has displays that cover the town’s history. This includes lost businesses, archaeological finds, smuggling, the part Ashford played in both World Wars and railway memorabilia.
The museum celebrated its 30th birthday in 2019. To celebrate, a new exhibition on Ashford's Victorian police force. This includes a real life prison cell – the perfect size for misbehaving children!
- Ashford Borough Museum, Ashford town centre TN23 1QG
- Ashford Borough Museum website
The Agricultural Museum is located in the village of Brook. Housed in period buildings, you can find a collection of items linked to the agricultural history of Kent.
- Agricultural Museum, Brook TN25 5PF
- Agricultural Museum website
The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum
The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum is located in Tenterden. It records the life and work of Holman Fred Stephens who was a light railway promoter, engineer and manager.
- The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, Tenterden TN30 6HE
- The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum website
Pluckley Heritage Centre
This Pluckley Heritage Centre is a Heritage Lottery funded project. It is located at the back of St Nicholas’ Church, Pluckley. Take a step inside to learn about the history of the church and the people who have lived here over the last few hundred years.
- Pluckley Heritage Centre, Pluckley TN27 8RT
- Pluckley Heritage Centre
Smarden Heritage Centre
The Smarden Heritage Centre is located at The Charter Hall, Smarden. It forms part of the Smarden Local History Society. It contains original and digital historical material around the village's history, its society and architecture.
- Smarden Heritage Centre, Smarden TN27 8NF
- Smarden Heritage Centre website
Tenterden and District Museum
The Tenterden and District Museum shows the history of the town and the Cinque Ports. It highlights the rich history of the area.
- Tenterden and District Museum, Tenterden TN30 6HN
- Tenterden and District Museum website
Willesborough Windmill is one of the largest smock mills that is still active in the south of England. Take a visit to see how wheat is ground to make flour.
The windmill celebrated its 150th birthday in 2019. This was marked by a series of special events. Visit their website below for more information.
There is also a commemorative floral tribute in Ashford's Memorial Gardens.
- Willesborough Windmill, Ashford TN24 0QG
- Willesborough Windmill website
Woodchurch Village Life Museum
The Woodchurch Village Life Museum is located in Woodchurch. it is housed in an 18th century barn and 17th century shed.
- Woodchurch Village Life Museum, Woodchurch TN26 3RE
- Woodchurch Village Life Museum website
Woodchurch Windmill has recently been restored to working order. It is a great example of a Kentish smock mill.
- Woodchurch Windmill, Woodchurch TN26 3QJ
- Woodchurch Windmill website