Chevening was the location for the world's earliest known organised cricket match. The Pilgrims' Way crosses the parish.
Chevening House was built between 1617 and 1630 to a design reputedly by Inigo Jones and greatly extended after 1717. Formerly the principal seat of the Earls Stanhope, the house and estate are owned and maintained at the expense of the trust of the Chevening Estate, to serve as a furnished country residence for a person nominated by the Prime Minsiter. The nominee pays for his own private living expenses when in residence but government departments arrange and effect official business at the estate. Chevening House is not an official residence