History and Heritage

Discover Swale’s treasure trove significant maritime and aviation history together with a trail of historic churches and buildings with links to Charles Dickens, Nelson, King Henry VIII and the Magna Carta.
Find out more at our Heritage Centres and museums and discover who has been attracted to Swale before you and the parts they played.

Museums and heritage centres

The accredited Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre in Faversham is managed by Faversham Society volunteers who also provide a tourist information service for the area. The Bluetown Heritage Centre on the Isle of Sheppey is open throughout the year to assist you in your exploration of Island's maritime and aviation history. You can also find out more about Britains Oldest Brewery at the Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre in Faversham.

Swale also hosts a range of smaller seasonal museums such as The Guildhall Museum in Queenborough, Minster Gatehouse Museum and Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities on the Isle of Sheppey. The Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, Heritage Hub and the Milton Regis Court Hall Museum bring to life the development of Sittingbourne and Milton Regis. Faversham has a wealth of heritage on its doorstep with the Maison Dieu in Ospringe, Chart Gunpowder Mills and Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park and Visitor Centre to be explored. A must for those interested in the people and places that made the Swale area what it is today.

The Wheels of Time - Children aged between five and eleven can join 'Roamin Rex' and discover many of Kent's museums and heritage sites (including ten in the Swale area), whilst collecting individual badges along the way. There are twenty five sites across the whole of Kent to visit and when you have collected ten different badges you have the opportunity to be awarded with a special 'Roamin Rex' award badge.
Kent Childrens University learning credits are available to KCU students aged between five and fourteen years of age at some of Swale's heritage attractions.