Walking in Jane Austen’s Footsteps with a Visit to Chilham, Kent

If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge Jane Austen fan…right down to having a Jane Austen bucket list…ask me about the Bronte sisters and I don’t have a clue!  I was watching the BBC production of Emma a few while ago when I was having a bad day (I like to destress via an Austen drama) and realised that they hadn’t used the village of Lacock in Wiltshire so I put on my PI Google hat and went a googling…and found Chilham in Kent.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

We were heading down to Kent to visit a sick relative so we made a little detour to visit to Chilham and it was everything I had hoped it to be.  As we were driving to Chilham, I told G that there weren’t many photos of Chilham on instagram and it wasn’t insta-famous which I was rather pleased about (I like visiting little hidden gems that aren’t too touristy)…G then took the mickey out of me for the next five minutes over these comments (deservedly so!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

As soon as we pulled into the tiny village, the door was open and I was out of the car before G had even come to a complete stop…I completely forgot about G until 45 minutes later…he was apparently happy as it meant he wasn’t dragged past a million doors.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

The village is only tiny so it doesn’t take very long to wander around however it’s very pretty so you could take a while if you love photography.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Chilham has a grand old history including a visit from Jane Austen as she had dinner at Chilham Castle which you can see from the middle of the square – unfortunately you can’t visit the castle (or possibly fortunately for G as he was hobbling around on crutches!)…it’s a truly wonderful thought that this tiny village that Jane Austen had visited for dinner was then used by the BBC in their production of Emma centuries later.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

^^Chilham Castle

Of course there was a church to visit where it was thought Thomas Beckett was buried…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I was more taken with the snowdrops that have finally started to appear…happy dance as it means spring is just around the chilly corner…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and the tree in the churchyard which is older than the church itself (the church dates back to the 15th century); it was badly damaged in the famous storm of 1987 which the weather man said there would be no storm…the weather man was VERY wrong.  (G’s family talk about this storm quite a lot…the English like to yarn about the weather!)

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

There is a cute little shop in the market square selling all the gifts a girl could want…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I closed my eyes, took a photo of the pretty blankets and moved on…I do love a good ol’ blanket and I have picked up a few on my travels in the past (Our Norwegian blanket that G told me we would never use, is always in use mainly by G!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After almost giving myself RSI from taking way too many photos…I herded G into the cute little tea rooms that I saw while I was wandering around…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and yes they did gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…we sat across from a cute little mother and son, the mother was in her 80’s and was dozing over her cup of tea…she was awfully cute and her son really took care of her making sure she didn’t trip over her extra long scarf on the way out etc; it reminded me of my mummy with birdie nana…you can see them heading back to the car through the window here holding hands…now you see them…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…now you don’t!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

I’m pretty sure aliens have taken over G’s body recently as once again he ordered a bloody tuna salad while I took one for team gluten free and ordered the victoria sponge and a scone…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…both were amazing and I would say the scones are almost on par with Claridge’s and don’t get me started about how great that gluten free victoria sponge was…buttery perfection to a whole new level.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After all that deliciousness, it was time to head back to Rochester where we were staying for the night…complete with a victoria sponge doggy bag!

I absolutely adored Chilham and would highly recommend a visit if you’re into wobbly buildings, fabulous gluten free cake or just love snooping around a tiny little village.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Travel Tips for Chilham, Kent

  • All roads lead to the market square however there is a limited amount of parking but there is free parking at the bottom and it’s an easy stroll up one of the many roads to the centre.
  • Highly recommend Shelly’s Tea Rooms in Chilham if you’re after gluten free cakes and scones…G said it was the best tuna salad he’s had for a while and I think we would happily drive almost three hours just to visit these tea rooms again.
  • There are two little pubs in the village and one of them offers accommodation
  • Chilham is rather close to Canterbury so if you have a car then it would be worth a little detour to visit this little village
  • Some interesting facts I learnt about Chilham while eating cake – Jane Austen stayed nearby at Godmersham Park and dined at Chilham Castle; Chilham has the perfect example of a Tudor Village Square and is often used in tv series and movies due to this and a member of the Digges Family that went on to become the first Governor General of Virginia took a Mulberry cutting from Chilham and planted them on Mulberry Island hence it’s name.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

xx

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14 Comments

    • February 20, 2017 / 7:11 PM

      I thought you would Tanja! xx

  1. Katrin
    February 21, 2017 / 1:59 PM

    Ever since I was in England with my parents on a road trip when I was 10, I’ve been a fan of the English countryside and the villages and small towns. I have actually read Jane Austen as well, although it was quite some time ago now.

    Chilham will definitely be one of the places I visit when I go to England next time! I’m sure there’s a lovely B&B somewhere too, unless I stay at the pub that offers accomodation that is.

    Thanks for the adorable pictures :)

    • March 1, 2017 / 10:24 AM

      Definitely visit as it’s such a beautiful spot, I think Kent is just stunning for pretty little villages and small towns. There was a little pub which had accommodation which looked awfully cute in Chilham. I hope you get back over to England and start walking in Jane Austen’s footsteps xx

  2. February 21, 2017 / 2:07 PM

    Oh I would love to go here :) I am such an Austen geek :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

    • March 1, 2017 / 9:42 AM

      I’m with you Rachael…a total Austen geek! Currently in the middle of watching Austenland hehe xx

  3. February 22, 2017 / 6:51 AM

    Love this! It truly looks like you time traveled back to Jane Austen’s days. What a cute town :)

    • March 1, 2017 / 10:13 AM

      I know right! Absolutely loved visiting Chilham! x

  4. February 26, 2017 / 10:11 AM

    Great photos as always. I always thought Thomas Becket was buried in Canterbury cathedral where he was killed?

    Shelly’s Tea rooms are officially top of my to do list next time I go home, the gluten free cakes/scone looks fabulous!

    Re getting there from Canterbury, you can also take the train. Super easy, takes less than 10 minutes.

    • March 26, 2017 / 5:45 PM

      Ohh I didn’t realise that about the train, will amend the travel tips section so thank yoU!
      Shelly’s Tea Rooms are amazing…the gluten free treats are truly wonderful.
      I got really confused over that as well so I do wonder if there is a myth or someone spinning a tale…and I love a good old tale xx

  5. February 27, 2017 / 9:26 PM

    What a cute wee spot! I love the Jane Austen connection and the suuuuuper wobbly buildings!

    • March 1, 2017 / 9:32 AM

      It sure is, I didn’t realise myself that Jane Austen had visited the village until I was reading about it in the little tea shop! xx

    • March 26, 2017 / 5:39 PM

      So do I Dannielle…they are my crack! x