The Maison Dieu is a 13th and 16th century flint and timber-framed building of Grade 11* status and is in the Guardianship of English Heritage. It was once part of a medieval Hospital which gained royal patronage under King Henry III.
The hospital site included lodgings for royal visitors and for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury and to the Holy Lands. The building, once thought to have been a chantry priest house, is now run as a museum and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn the history of the hospital foundation and to see a collection of historic objects from archaeological excavations from the hospital site prior to the development of housing in 1977.
Visitors should be aware that the house has limited disability access due to the antiquity of the building but stewards are always willing to provide information about areas which may prove difficult to reach.
Opening times: from Good Friday until the last weekend of the Kent schools’ Autumn break from 2 pm to 5pm every weekend and Bank Holidays during the open season.
Cost: Adult £2.50, Concession £1.50 English Heritage Members Free