How to find us
Travelling to Maidstone Museum – as well as the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum – is easy, whether you plan on driving or taking public transport. We detail the full array of transport options available to help your visit to Maidstone Museum be as simple as possible.
Exit the M20 at Junction 6 and follow signs towards Maidstone town centre and Maidstone East train station. Continue by following the brown heritage signs to Maidstone Museum. Pay and display car parking is available the Fremlin Walk multi-storey car park, which is located opposite the museum, and a limited number of disabled parking spaces are available on Station Road along the walled edge of Brenchley Gardens.
The nearest train station to Maidstone Museum is Maidstone East, which is a simple two-minute walk through Brenchley Gardens. If you travel via the Medway Valley Line, alight at Maidstone Barracks and take a five-minute walk over the bridge, following the Maidstone East rail tracks to Maidstone East Station.
Maidstone Museum is only a short walk from the Chequers Bus Station, taking approximately ten minutes. However, if you wish to continue by bus, you can take a short stroll from the Chequers Bus Station to King Street, Stop G, where you can catch the 503 or 85 towards Maidstone Town Centre. Disembark at the Royal Star Arcade or Brenchley Gardens stops, and take the short walk to the museum.
Travel between museums
To walk from Maidstone Museum to the Carriage Museum, turn left as you exit the front courtyard and walk towards Week Street. Turn right at Week Street and follow it through town and down Gabriel’s Hill. At the bottom of Gabriel’s Hill, cross over and follow the road past the police station and turn left at the large junction. The Carriage Museum is on your left.
From the Carriage Museum to Maidstone Museum, turn right as you exit the museum and take the first right at the large junction. Follow the traffic past the police station and cross the road near Gala Bingo. Walk up Gabriel’s Hill, and cross straight over onto Week Street. Turn left just before German Doner Kebab restaurant and you will see Maidstone Museum ahead of you on the right hand side.
To drive from Maidstone Museum to the Carriage Museum, continue onto Waterside and turn left onto the A229, following signs for Hastings/Town Centre. The Palace Avenue car park is on your right, opposite Rootes Peugeot garage. Exit the car park in the far right corner, and the Carriage Museum will be on your left. Alternatively, you may choose to pass the Palace Avenue car park, bear right past Gala Bingo, take the first right and stay in the right-hand lane. Turn right again at the traffic lights and the museum will be on your right-hand side. Parking here is very limited.
Travel from the Carriage Museum to Maidstone Museum takes you along the one-way system. Bear left past the Archbishops’ Palace into Bishops Way. Follow signs for the A229 (signposted Chatham, M2, M20). With the river on your left, follow the brown heritage signs. Take the first right into the Earl Street entrance to Fremlin Walk shopping centre car park. Once in Fremlin Walk, turn left between H&M and Next. The museum will be in front of you.
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