Chilham is located in the valley of the River Great Stour, and beside the A28 road 6 miles (10 km) south of Canterbury. It is centered around an erstwhile market square, where a traditional annual May Day is celebrated; the Square and the village are transformed by market stalls and festivities. At each end of the square are its major buildings: Chilham Castle and the 15th century parish church, dedicated to St Mary. The ''White Horse Public House dates from the 16th century.
There are two pubs, the Woolpack and the White Horse. There is also Chilham Castle, which was owned by the Viscounts Massereene and Ferrard until it was sold in 1997. The present owner is Mr Stuart Wheeler.
The Church is a Norman structure and it is believed that Thomas á Becket was buried in the churchyard. A walk around the church will reveal a beautiful 'Queen Anne' Old Vicarage which is just one example of the fine houses in the village.
There is also a privately owned restaurant and tea shop, post office and gift shop.