The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre is the headquarters of The Faversham Society and can be found in three adjoining properties in 10-13 Preston Street.
The individual buildings were acquired separately from 1971 onwards, with the Heritage Centre itself opening in No.13 Preston Street in 1977 after considerable fundraising by the Society. The buildings now house the town’s Visitor Information Centre and gift shop, a Museum and Gallery, and a Kentish Heritage Bookshop.
All three properties have an entrance on Preston Street – the VIC, Museum and Gallery – and all three have distinctively different, but important, architecture and history. Visitors are welcome to browse in the Museum Reception & Shop where they can find out more about the history of the Heritage Centre buildings. The Society has also produced an excellent publication on the subject.
The Heritage Centre is open Monday – Saturday, 10-4; Sunday 10-1 apart from Christmas and New Year. Admission to the Museum is a very reasonable £5 for adults, £3.50 for concessions, and £1.50 for children and students whilst Society members get in free. The Gallery is also free to all.
Despite the fact that the three buildings extend to the rear of the site and offer so much to see, there is no room for a refreshment area. However, Faversham has many excellent coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, many of them in historic buildings.