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Chilstone Sculpture Gardens open all year.
How to find us - opening times and Show Gardens
Our 35 acres of grounds are set in the heart of some of Kent's most beautiful countryside 4 miles outside Tunbridge Wells and within 3 miles of a variety of tourist attractions and some of Kent's award winning pubs and restaurants. Everyone is welcome to visit our gardens and sculpture walks, and to explore our extensive woodland and lakeside walks. Each area features many examples of our stonework including fountains, temples, benches, urns and sculptures.
WINTER November to February
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
SUMMER March to October
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Bring the family and explore at your leisure.
Dogs on on a lead are welcome too.
Michael Dibben founded Chilstone Garden Ornaments in 1953 at Great Linford Manor in Buckinghamshire. In 1976 the company moved to Sprivers, a beautiful National Trust property. In 1996 it was felt that the new show gardens should be constructed at Langton Green, near Tunbridge Wells. This would consolidate our workshop and retail sites and make Chilstone's show gardens more accessible to the public. The new show gardens were opened by Alan Titchmarsh in 1997.
Every Chilstone piece is made entirely by hand, by our craftsmen, in our workshops just outside Tunbridge Wells, using the process we invented over 50 years ago; to give you a product that represents a genuine alternative to natural stone, with many advantages – especially cost!
The exact composition of Chilstone remains a secret, but basically it is a fine crushed sandstone and a special cement binder, carefully packed by hand in layers into moulds as a semi-dry mix. This gives the finished article a finish and texture almost identical to natural stone, and which will mature and mellow with age just as natural stone does.
Chilstone has many advantages over the more commercial wet-cast products that are available, there is virtually no shrinkage with Chilstone, there is no aggregate separation, no stratification, and Chilstone actually looks like natural stone, unlike the hard and glassy finish of some of our competitors’ products. Our compressive strength is around 24 N/mm2 and Chilstone can be readily cut without specialist tools and can easily be engraved if desired.
Establised in 1953, Chilstone's long history has enabled us to perfect a reconstituted stone with a superb texture, making it it virtually indistinguishable from quarried stone.
Our stone is entirely hand made by craftsmen, giving us the kind of control during the production process which enables us to readily adapt our standard items to your design requirements. We are always pleased to advise on how to realise your ideas in Chilstone Stone.
We are proud to have such lovely show gardens, we recommend visiting to see our wide range of products.
You can of course contact us by phone or fax, or by completing the contact form opposite
TELEPHONE 01892 740866 TELEPHONE outside UK +44 1892 740866
FAX 01892 740785 FAX outside UK +44 1892 740785
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Kent TN3 0RD
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