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Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum

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Address: Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, England
Phone Number: +44 1843 842168
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Established in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors,...

Established in the 19th Century by John Powell Powell and his successors, Quex Park is an historic country estate of over 1,800 acres in Birchington-on-Sea on the stunning Kent coast near Margate. Quex Park has in more recent times developed a bespoke leisure destination for all the family to enjoy.

Within the Park there is a Children's Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Paintball, Build-a-base, Laser Rush, Quex Barn Farmshop and Restaurant and in the summer, a giant Maize Maze along with a packed and exciting annual events calendar for the whole family to enjoy.

One of Quex Park's best known visitor attractions is the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens, which attracts visitors from near and far to engage with its eclectic mix of world-class natural history, World Cultures and Asian art. Its natural history collections are of world-class importance as a scientific resource. The Museum as well as Quex House and Gardens are open to the public and is one of the best things to do in the Canterbury area. Within the grounds there is also a beautiful wedding and functions venue Mama Feelgoods Boutique Cafe

Entry onto Quex Park is free, and each leisure facility that makes up the destination has its own opening hours and admission fees where applicable. Please see the Quex Park website for further details.

Visit us today and expect the unexpected at Quex Park

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I'm sure we all deplore the origin of this but..............

I'd meant to visit this for years and finally had a couple of hours in Birchington with two grand children to entertain. It is disgraceful that some rich Englishman went out... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Montbard, France
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Montbard, France
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'd meant to visit this for years and finally had a couple of hours in Birchington with two grand children to entertain. It is disgraceful that some rich Englishman went out there and just shot everything that moved bur they were different times. The displays themselves were very well organised and the "animals" were in very good condition. Wish I'd... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely treat..... Magical !! Choice of meals, including home made shepherds pie and a pudding. Decorating gingerbread men. Christmas short movie. A chat and a present from Santa. And finish of in Just make jim's play area. The room was a little cold so wear a jumper but that was the only negative. The elves were so lovely... More 

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PowellCotton, Operations Manager at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the dinner with Santa experience- and we will work on the heating! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Kind regards More 

Birchington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some very interesting artefacts from Africa collected in many of Powell-Cottons epaditions to Africa including an unbelievable taxidermic collection of wild African Animals I would suspect that some of them are now extinct so will never be seen in the wild a fascinating collection, I think the Museum is closed for the winter until April 2017. The shopping and Restaurant... More 

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PowellCotton, Visitor Services & Retail Supervisor at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm glad you enjoyed visiting the museum and learning more about our collection. You are correct, some of the animals here are either extinct in the wild, critically endangered or endangered, so we are lucky to have them here for people to come and see. Quex House is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had been meaning to go the museum & the house for a while but hadn't got around to it until now. The house is closed until April 2017 but we got to go to the museum and the garden and were so pleased that we did! Such a fantastic place to visit. Great for all ages! The museum has... More 

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PowellCotton, Visitor Services & Retail Supervisor at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Hi, I'm glad that you had a fantastic day the Powell-Cotton Museum & Quex Gardens. We're very proud of the displays here at the museum, they certainly are impressive! Thank you for comments about Quex Gardens, I will pass these on to our gardening team. We try hard to provide a good mixture of products to buy in our Gift... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Collection of both artifacts from Powell-Cotton's expeditions to Africa. Also taxidermical collection of forna from those ventures. Surrounded by beauifully laid out lawns for walks on fine days.

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PowellCotton, Visitor Services & Retail Supervisor at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your positive review of your visit to the Powell-Cotton Museum. We are glad that you liked our gardens! Our gardening team includes over 20 volunteers, who help our Head Gardener and Assistant Gardener with a lot of their work. They are very much appreciated! More 

england
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The worst fire work display I have ever seen, following an extra half hour wait due to poor organisation. Not fun when with a young child and all for the cost of 28 pounds for three people. Never again !!!.

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PowellCotton, Operations manager at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you had a disappointing visit to the annual Bonfire & Fireworks Event here at Quex Park. Quex are purely the land hosts for this event and the event is run by Kent Events. I am aware that there was a delay implemented for the displays due to the huge number of people still approaching... More 

Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Very interesting Park, especially in the Autumn with the lovely colours in the trees. The Powell Cotton Museum is also worth the time to visit as is the House with very informative talks from the House Guides. The only downside in our visit was the toilets as signposted were not there having been burned down. A little annoying as the... More 

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Thank KK48
PowellCotton, Visitor Services & Retail Supevisor at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Hello, Thank your for your review, I'm happy that you found our guides informative. We always do our best to provide our visitors with lots of interesting facts about the Powell-Cotton's collection! Each attraction on the park has it's own toilet facilities, so the only option here at the Powell-Cotton Museum is the toilets past our reception desk. Unfortunately, as... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Party of four adults. So I visited for the first time today, was meeting family for a prearranged visit. I used the google maps to get there using the postcode on line. Sadly I was 55mins late due to google sending me the completely wrong place and did not realise I had flown past it three times. However once arrived... More 

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Thank Jack B
PowellCotton, Operations Manager at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that you were late due to google maps. Nevertheless, we are glad that you did finally make it and that you enjoyed your afternoon tea. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to the cafe staff. Kind regards More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a three in one attraction (plus others on the site) with a fantastic display of animals (stuffed) collected 1900 to 1930's by explorer Cotton Powell, his home, Quex House and its delightful gardens. For under £10 for all three it is a value packed day out.

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PowellCotton, Visitor Services & Retail Supervisor at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Hello, We're glad that you found our attraction good value for money! Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Having ordered 3 welsh rarebits,at a cost of £6.50 each, we were told about 30 minutes, we were ok with that, the teas and coffees arrived, after 30 minutes we asked for our food, then to be told another 10 minutes, i think they had forgotten our order. Then it arrived, 3 halves of toast with some leaves and half... More 

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PowellCotton, Operations Manager at Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the house and gardens, however, are very sorry to hear of your lunch experience when you visited. This must have been hugely disappointing and is not the experience that we want our visitors to have. We will be sure to pass on your comments to the catering... More 

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