Kent Coast, Garden of England & Canterbury

Kent Coast, Garden of England & Canterbury

Discover the captivating essence of the Garden of England

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Discover the captivating essence of the Garden of England

Kent is steeped in history and heritage and is also rightly renowned throughout the world as the Garden of England. The extensive coastline boasts an enviable array of blue flag award winning beaches.

 

Canterbury St Augustine was sent by the Pope in 597 AD to re-establish Christianity in southern England and came to Canterbury. Ruins of the monastery built by Augustine still remain and he founded the first cathedral in England where the present magnificent building now stands. Canterbury has been a European pilgrimage site of major importance for over 800 years since the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. Today it is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in England. The medieval city centre bustles with famous name stores and exclusive boutiques while the picturesque side streets are home to smaller specialist shops, pubs and restaurants.

Broadstairs

Broadstairs is brim-full of nostalgic, old-world, seaside charm where sandy bays meet surf schools and fishermen's cottages meet Charles Dickens connections. The town has a wealth of inviting cafes, restaurants and bars including two 1950's ice-cream parlours providing flavourful scoops of nostalgia.

 

Tenterden

Widely regarded as one of the most charming towns in the South East, Tenterden, and its surrounding villages and countryside, is a fascinating place to visit and explore. It stands on the edge of the remnant forest The Weald, overlooking the valley of the River Rother. It was a member of the Cinque Ports Confederation but its riverside today is not navigable to large vessels. With its unique mix of fascinating history and heritage, traditional shopping, great country activities and events, Tenterden and its surrounding villages have something for everyone. So if you are looking for a great day out, no other place offers so much to see and do, whatever the weather or time of year. The town itself boasts a vibrant High Street and adjoining lanes full of quirky shops.

The town's name is derived from the Old English "Tenet Waraden", meaning a den or forest clearing in the forest which belonged to the men of Thanet.

Chapel Down Winery

Chapel Down is located in the beautiful Kent countryside, close to the picturesque market town of Tenterden. Set amongst 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', the Chapel Down winery has excellent facilities for visitors including a high quality restaurant and a shop stocking a variety of local produce. Visitors are also welcome to explore the grounds, the beautiful herb garden and complimentary vineyard walks. A guided tour of the Chapel Down vineyards and winery is followed by a tutored tasting of the award-winning range of sparkling and still wines.

 

 

Dover Castle, the 'Key to England'. By "unlocking" the castle hostile forces believed they could push open the door to the rest of the country. Today you can unlock the compelling WW2 world of the Secret Wartime Tunnels, where the evacuation of Dunkirk was masterminded. The recently transformed Great Tower elaborately tells the story of King Henry II and his court. Also take time to explore the atmospheric Medieval Tunnels, see one of Europe's best-preserved Roman lighthouses and walk the extensive battlements.

 

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent's most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience and is why this Heritage Railway is one of Kent's Top Tourist Attractions. Over 13 miles of track stretch across the picturesque Romney Marsh from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness; one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world and designated as a National Nature Reserve. 

Rye

Rye is 2 miles from the coast in East Sussex but medieval times, as an important member of the Cinque Ports confederation, it was at the head of an embayment of the English Channel, and almost entirely surrounded by the sea.

In the centre, cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street are lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. The redbrick Lamb House was once owned by writer Henry James. Nearby, the tower of the Norman St. Mary’s Church overlooks the town. The 14th-century Ypres Tower, which formed part of Rye’s defences, is now Rye Castle Museum, with paintings and displays on local history.

Day 1

We depart Cumbria in the morning for the journey south to Kent arriving at our hotel, the Burlington in Folkestone, with time to freshen up before dinner is served in the hotel.

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Day 2

A full day excursion visiting the city of Canterbury, the birthplace of English Christianity before continuing on to the seaside resort of Broadstairs where Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield and Bleak House. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3

A tour today through the countryside made famous in the hit T.V. series ‘Darling Buds of May’, first to the village of Pluckley, said to be the most haunted in Britain, then on to Tenterden with its many antique shops for lunch before an afternoon visit to the award-winning Chapel Down Winery where we will enjoy a tour of the winery and vineyards. This hugely successful winery produces world-class sparkling wine, supplying some of the grandest restaurants and finest chefs. To complete the experience we will have a tutored tasting of the fabulous award-winning wines. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

We head through the Kent countryside to Dover, where we have an included visit to the most iconic of all English fortresses, Dover Castle, commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors, then delve deep within Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the drama in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War. On our return to Folkestone we call at the National Memorial to the Few, dedicated to the men who fought the Battle of Britain.

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Day 5

This morning, we will make the short journey to Hythe where we join the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway for the half hour train journey to New Romney Station, where we rejoin our coach and head to the pretty Cinque Port town of Rye, with enchanting cobbled streets, Medieval St Mary’s Church, the fascinating Ypres Tower and beautifully preserved historic houses. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the Burlington for the return journey to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.

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Burlington Hotel

The hotel is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Overlooking the Leas Promenade and English Channel and a 10 minute walk from the centre of Folkestone. Set in leafy gardens, it features a traditional restaurant.

Set in a grand Victorian building, the spacious rooms at The Burlington each have a private bathroom and tea and coffee facilities. Double rooms have standard double beds.All rooms have Freeview TV, hairdryer and free WiFi. Some deluxe and superior rooms enjoy sea views.

The Bay Tree Bar & Grill Restaurant serves traditional British cuisine using the best locally and ethically sourced ingredients including Saltmarsh Lamb and seafood. There is also a cosy bar area, and full English breakfasts are available daily. Burlington Hotel also offers room service and a spacious terrace.

The Burlington also has one of the best-rated locations in Folkestone.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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