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Quex Park and The Powell-Cotton Museum

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Address: Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, England
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+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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One of the best attractions in East Kent.

Quex Park has something for everyone. it's an old manor house with beautifully landscaped grounds but the museum is the star of the show housing a bonkers collection of stuffed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mike M
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quex Park has something for everyone. it's an old manor house with beautifully landscaped grounds but the museum is the star of the show housing a bonkers collection of stuffed African wildlife blasted to oblivion by a boy's own posh bloke from the past. He also amassed a tramp steamer load of tribal artifacts and weaponary from the early 20th... More 

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

Hiya, Thanks so much for your brilliant review, we're loving your description! I'll pass your comments on to our team. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend suggested Quex Park. I looked it up on Google - their website is impressive. Garden centre, Restaurant with local food, Cafe, 7 day a week craft village, natural history museum. Sounded like a good day out. But the barn had burnt down with the restuarant in it - no mention of this on the website. The craft centre... More 

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

We are sorry to hear that your visit to Quex Park was not a good experience. Quex Barn suffered a fire back in October and is currently under going a full refurbishment, which is currently on schedule to be completed by Easter. We hope that when you return to the park on a warmer day, your experience is much better... More 

Birchington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Written this after visiting Quex again, this time for a wedding reception. It's a truly amazing place and deserves much wider recognition. To be honest, you have to get over the fact that you are looking at actual dead and stuffed animal in the impressive dioramas. It is not something we would do now, so the original context is important... More 

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

Hi, Thank you so much for your 5/5 review. We're glad you enjoyed seeing the Powell-Cotton Museum, House & Gardens as part of a wedding reception here. You're right, we have to look at the collections differently now as it was all done in a different time when what Percy Powell-Cotton was doing was widely accepted. I'm happy you liked... More 

Margate, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is laid out with large display cases filled with lifelike scenarios of various animals and various types of jungle. There are several rooms with collections of artifacts collected by Col. Powell Cotton.from his travels in Africa. There is a souvenir shop and a rather nice restaurant. Also right by the entrance to the property is a farmers market.... More 

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

Hi, Thank you for your positive review. We're glad you think that the Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex Gardens is good value for money. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Poorly signposted, poorly managed. Very disappointing as this was my first visit to Quex Park and I had heard good things about it. I visited specifically for the Spirit of Christmas event - Breakfast with Santa and Ice skating. After following signs for parking and following signs for Santa we were then told we were in the wrong spot and... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you found your visit to be disappointing and will be sure to pass all of your comments about Spirit of Christmas onto the event organisers. We hope that you get the chance to come back and visit Quex again and enjoy what else we have to offer. Kind regards More 

birchington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Not very good , poor decorations we expected a better experience from Quex .It was only £5 per person so you get what you pay for... The tractor ride was enjoyed by my grandson who is two.... Could have been better....

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear the the Elf Express was enjoyed by your grandson & we will be sure to pass your comments on the the event organisers. Kind regards More 

Montbard, France
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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

Hi, I'm glad you're looking forward to coming back, and that you enjoyed the displays. I understand that it can be upsetting to see the animals on display, but as you said, it was all done in a different time. We can, however, use the collections we have to support ongoing research. We are currently working with several researchers from... More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 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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Thank 66dawn2016
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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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 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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Thank Vicki H
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 

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