Quex Park is a unique country Park of 250 acres in East Kent set within an estate of 1800 acres around Birchington, Acol and Richborough. The Park is an oasis of parkland and trees in a Thanet landscape of open topography and urban development. All the trees were planted in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors who realised when planting that they would never live to see the true beauty of their vision.
A landmark within the Park is the Waterloo Tower built 1819 with its extremely rare secular peal of 12 bells, to which exclusive guided tours are run on two days during the summer. The Park also has a Guntower which was built as a sea lookout post and a clocktower built circa 1820 with a pre-reformation hour bell.
One of Quex Park's best known visitor attractions is the Powell-Cotton Museum, with the most impressive Natural History dioramas in Europe. Visit the most inspiring museum in the UK to engage with its eclectic mix of world-class natural history, World Cultures and Asian art. Quex House attracts visitors from near and far to explore the historic country home of the adventurous Powell-Cotton family. Our friendly and knowledgeable House Stewards will entertain you with many a tale about the family, their lives, and the eclectic array of collectables from all over the world. Quex Gardens have been enjoyed by the Powell-Cotton family and their friends for generations. Their love of outdoor green spaces is evident today in our seven acre gardens with their stunning Victorian layout and landscaping. An exciting three year restoration project is currently under way. Enjoy the seasonal delights of Quex Gardens your way – wander through the Walled Kitchen Garden and spot some of our unusual plants.
Within the grounds there is also a beautiful wedding and functions venue Mama Feelgoods Boutique Cafe
Like many traditional country estates, the profitability of farming alone was not able to provide for the upkeep of the various historic buildings and parkland. As a result the Estate has diversified its many redundant outdated agricultural buildings.
Visitor attractions and leisure activities abound, along with bespoke retail and food & drink outlets and a packed and exciting annual events calendar for the whole family to enjoy. Looking for things to do in Canterbury and beyond? Within the Park there is a Children’s Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Paintball & Laser Rush, Build-a-base Nerf Centre, Farmshop and Restaurant and in the summer, a giant Maize Maze. Entry on to Quex Park is free and each leisure facility has its own opening hours & admission fees where applicable.
Quex Park is the home of the Trust for Thanet Archaeology which is a charitable Trust, set up to promote the study of Thanet's Archaeology. The Trust offers professional archaeological services in Thanet and East Kent as well as maintaining a Thanet Sites and Monuments Register.