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Gravesend Visitor Centre

01474 337600


Cobham Hall,
DA12 3BL

Cobham Hall - Front View

Cobham Hall - Front View


Cobham Hall is an outstandingly beautiful red brick mansion dating from 1584, which demonstrates an exciting combination of Elizabethan, Jacobean, Carolean and 18th Century styles. The Hall is set in 150 acres of parkland situated within easy reach of the A2/M2, M25 and M20.

It yields much for the student of art, architecture and history. The Elizabethan wings date from 1584 while the central section contains the Gilt Hall, wonderfully decorated by John Webb, Inigo Jones' most celebrated pupil, in 1654. Further rooms were later decorated by James Wyatt in the 18th Century.

Many English monarchs have enjoyed the splendour of Cobham Hall from Elizabeth I to Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor. Charles Dickens regularly walked through the grounds from his house in Higham to the Leather Bottle pub in Cobham village. In 1883 the Honourable Ivo Bligh, later the 8th Earl of Darnley, led the victorious English cricket team against Australia and brought home the ""Ashes"" to Cobham Hall.

Today, visitors to the House should not miss the many fine 17th century marble fireplaces and the 18th Century historic Snetzler organ in the Gilt Hall.

The gardens, landscaped for the 4th Earl of Darnley by Humphrey Repton, are being restored by the Cobham Hall Heritage Trust. Extensive tree planting and clearing have taken place since the hurricane of 1987. The Gothic Dairy, The Pump House and some of the classical garden buildings are also being renovated for all our visitors to enjoy.

The grounds yield many delights for the lover of nature, especially in Spring, when the gardens and woods are resplendent with daffodils, narcissi and a myriad of rare bulbs.
Cobham Hall is now an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 years.

Opening details

On the following days the House and Gardens are open to the public. No advance booking is required although you are advised to check the dates in advance. The House opens at 2pm and closes at 5pm; therefore last tour is at 4pm. Garden closes at 6pm. Cream Teas are available from 2pm to 5pm.


Adults - £5.50, Concessions - £4.50, Self-Guided Tour of Gardens only - £2.50.



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Map reference: TQ 681683  Lat: 51.38885 Long: 0.41459

Cobham Hall is adjacent to the A2/M2 between Gravesend and Rochester, 8 miles from Junction 2 on the M25.

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Sole Street station