Tyland Barn
Tyland Barn
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  • jdtootell
    Chatham, United Kingdom137 contributions
    Free wildlife attraction
    Tyland Barn is great for kids, as shown by the number of school trips that are done there. It is free to go there, as is run by the Kent Wildlife Trust. Consists of a large barn with exhibition area and small cafe, and then a nature area outside. Here there is a pond, where they do pond dipping, along with various other nature displays focussed around minibeasts / birds etc. Good for kids.
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2012
  • Anitakay
    4 contributions
    educational
    staff are lovely and friendly suitable for the younger ones
    Written May 4, 2012
  • Judith N
    Rochester, United Kingdom175 contributions
    SUCH A LOVELY FRIENDLY PLACE
    We went with the grandkids on the last day of their summer holidays. We have been thinking of volunteering there so did a trial day. We built a fence from branches, lashed together to stop little people walking into an unsuitable area. It took us the whole morning, once we had been given a tour of the reserve by Celia, the gardener. This place has such a lovely feel. We went to an owl demonstration last year, which was fabulous. The owls from the Owl Academy were brought along to Tyland Barn for the children to learn all about hem ad fly them in the education centre. I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. It was a fabulous morning. We learnt so much about owls. The grandkids still remember all the interesting facts. On the basis of our morning's experience, I have now volunteered and spent my first whole day there last week. It's an amazing place. So full of interesting stuff - teepees made from discarded branches, structures, an amazing structure made of willow, planks for the kids to look under to find mini-beasts, a pond with lots of dragonflies, birds of prey roosting in the trees with a spycam on them, a lovely little cafe selling quality snacks and lunches. The best thing it's free......
    Written September 11, 2019
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Scott C
40 contributions
Aug 2019
This barn is a great place to go to learn about the natural environment and is a great day out for kids or families.

The diverse environment makes for a great variety of wildlife which can be spotted easily due to the staff and volunteers hard work in creating information boards and areas specially adapted for each species.

There is free parking, and the journey from Maidstone takes between 5 - 10 minutes.
Written October 3, 2019
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Kaz
8 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Lovely little place to visit with the children. Nice day out with little cost. Not to hard to find either
Written September 14, 2019
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Judith N
Rochester, UK175 contributions
Sep 2019
We went with the grandkids on the last day of their summer holidays. We have been thinking of volunteering there so did a trial day. We built a fence from branches, lashed together to stop little people walking into an unsuitable area. It took us the whole morning, once we had been given a tour of the reserve by Celia, the gardener. This place has such a lovely feel. We went to an owl demonstration last year, which was fabulous. The owls from the Owl Academy were brought along to Tyland Barn for the children to learn all about hem ad fly them in the education centre. I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. It was a fabulous morning. We learnt so much about owls. The grandkids still remember all the interesting facts. On the basis of our morning's experience, I have now volunteered and spent my first whole day there last week. It's an amazing place. So full of interesting stuff - teepees made from discarded branches, structures, an amazing structure made of willow, planks for the kids to look under to find mini-beasts, a pond with lots of dragonflies, birds of prey roosting in the trees with a spycam on them, a lovely little cafe selling quality snacks and lunches. The best thing it's free......
Written September 12, 2019
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Malco
6 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Visited with grandson. Great staff. amazing variety of wildlife
Includibg stag beetle,newts and a nest cam.
Written June 4, 2019
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Veronica H
Dartford, UK641 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Lots of great info about local wildlife (plants/birds/animals) and how to support them. Almost all of it was also accessible for our 31-year-old son in his wheelchair too. Highly recommended for all ages.
Written May 26, 2019
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Normansview
Maidstone, UK3 contributions
Apr 2019
We had a lovely hour or so looking at the various “bug hotels” and lifting logs to see which creatures were hiding underneath. Friendly staff. Good cafe. Clean toilets.
Free to enter, but plenty to see and do.
Written April 16, 2019
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philipphowe
Maidstone, UK4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Yes it’s small,
Yes there is not much to do.
It’s a wildlife trust site so their is a lot of plants and wildlife ( bugs, pond life, hedgehogs)
If your lucky enough to see them.
But there are benches around and the kids can run around overturning logs looking for insects. A nice little cafe and little shop. Also good for a picnic. Perfect for the holidays when the bank account is hammered and you want to get the kids out of the house for an hour or so.
Written August 27, 2018
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Jo W
Maidstone, UK116 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This place is a lovely little gem, we came on a day where the weather was perfect. Some of the comments here say that there isn't a lot to see, but there is and you have to look a little for it but makes it more exciting when you do find something.

What is nice is that it is a low cost, good value trip out. There is parking there, you can make a donation to visit and it is relatively quiet. Plus there is a nice area where you can bring your own picnic or there is a café selling the usual items should you wish to. Also a nice gift shop and lovely cards.

My daughter had been here pond dipping with the brownies which can be done on an organised event, however you can go round and spot things and we were happy to spend an hour here.

Big shout out also to the gentleman who works there, he was very helpful and happy.
Written April 24, 2018
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cadders12017
Maidstone, UK8 contributions
Aug 2017
Took my kids here when younger and now my granddaughters. It’s a great little gem hidden away off the bottom of Bluebell Hill. There is plenty to see and do, especially in the warmer weather. Friendly staff, happy to chat and they know their stuff. Informative, interesting and great fun, highly recommended.
Written January 22, 2018
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Jadie Collins
Kent, UK110 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
there's no animals. there is literally a bit of grass and some herbs being grown.not really sure what there is to do here as we spend all of 5 minutes and we'd walked round the whole thing and had seen and done nothing!
Written August 27, 2017
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