Packed with history, and perfect for a day out, Lullingstone would be easy to miss if you didn't know to look for it. Entrance to the hamlet is via a bridge or a ford on the River Darent near Eynsford.
Driving into Lullingstone via the ford or the bridge
Lullingstone Roman Villa, thought to have been settled around AD 100, is one of the best-preserved Roman residences in Britain. In recent years a museum has been built over the entire ruins of the villa, protecting them from the elements.
Inside the museum that preserves Lullingstone Villa
The ruins reveal a lot about the lives of the Romans who lived there, and about their ingenuity. This includes the ruins of an early Roman-Christian chapel, a heated baths area that used water from the nearby stream, and a large granary. Art within the villa indicates the change from paganism to Christianity by the residents.
There are a number of preserved mosaics, including two on the dining room floor. The first tells the story of the abduction of the princess Europa by the god Jupiter who is disguised as a bull, while the second tells the story of Bellerophon killing the chimera with four sea creatures around them.
Once outside the museum, there is a beautiful, shaded walk along the River Darent which has excellent paddling for children. There are also ducks and squirrels to be seen along the path, along with other birds and the occasional rabbit or fox.
The River Darent walk is a great place to look for birds and wildlife