Kearsney Abbey

Kearsney abbey


The car park at Kearsney Abbey has been re-opened. We will be closely monitoring how it is used. If it becomes apparent that national guidelines are not being followed, we may be required to close the car park again.

There is a temporary café and temporary toilets (including one with disabled access) in Kearsney Abbey.

The Kearsney Park permanent café and toilets will open once the development works have been completed and DDC takes possession of the building.

The following statement has been issued by our contractors, idverde:

idverde are continuing to work with their clients to monitor and review this rapidly changing situation. In line with Government information and guidelines, we are constantly putting further measures in place for sites that are still open to ensure the safety of our colleagues.

This is constantly being reviewed. Additional guidance and safe working measures have been put in place to ensure those colleagues able to work can travel there safely and can adhere to the prescribed social distancing measures both in workplaces and in transit to work. Where the minimum distance measures cannot be maintained, including travelling, work will not continue.

Thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.

If you are concerned or have any queries please contact 0800 917 6263.


Cafe extension

As part of our National Lottery funded project at Kearsney Abbey we're building a 180 sq. m. extension to the cafe. This will provide an enlarged café with modern kitchen facilities, along with new customer toilets.  The extension and toilets will be fully accessible, including a Changing Places facility.  A new outside terrace space will provide additional seating.

Please excuse our appearance whilst this exciting project is underway.  For the latest news on the project, see our press release.  

Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover, Kent, CT16 3EQ

Kearsney Abbey is a beautiful and popular location, situated on the outskirts of Dover. The gardens are laid out as informal parkland around two ornamental lakes, with the River Dour flowing through. There are plenty of opportunities to relax watching the wildlife on the lakes, or to enjoy a family picnic in the gardens. The lower lake is used for model boating. 

The west wing of a grand country house that once stood in the park is now used as a tea room, with a variety of food and drink to suit all tastes, plus locally produced ice cream.


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Kearsney Parks website »

We have been awarded £3.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s 'Parks for People' programme to bring our Kearsney Parks project to life.

Event planning »

Our step by step guidance for event planning at Kearsney Abbey.

Visiting the parks

The Kearsney Parks are accessible to all, although some routes into the parks may be considered less accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. 

  • The parks are accessible on foot or on bicycle
  • Disabled parking is available in the main car park
  • Kearsney train station is just a five minute walk away
  • Stagecoach buses stop right outside


  • Tea room is currently closed 
  • Toilets and disabled toilet facilities are all currently closed 
  • There are currently no alternatives to any of the above facilities

Kearsney Abbey Junior Parkrun - FREE

Your Leisure and River Parish Council have kindly provided the funding for the park run set up costs.

More information can be found on the  Parkrun website.

Park run

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