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Kent - Key to England Tour

Kent - Key to England Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: 5 Star Accommodations

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

England’s Channel coast looks over to it’s nearest overseas neighbour, France. Over the course of time, invasion forces have always attempted to capture the county of Kent and so it came to be called the "Key to England", as once taken the rest of the country should soon follow.

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Kent is a delightful, undulating patchwork of orchards and pastures decorated with ancient woodland and picturesque villages. It also boasts many of the finest historic properties in England from churches and cathedrals to castles and grand stately homes. The evocative coast, distinctive for the White Cliffs so significant in WWII, has a rich and varied wildlife.

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Itinerary

Kent has many castles and we begin with two of the smaller forts at DEAL and WALMER. Each castle was built by Henry VIII as a defence against the Spanish and French. Walmer Castle is one of the best preserved castles of that era and had many significant guardians, including Winston Churchill. Next, we go back in time to AD43 – the establishment of RICHBOROUGH Fort. This was a Roman stronghold and the point where all modern English roads begin. Driving a few miles to the ancient Cinque Port of RYE. Once a thriving trading port but over the centuries the sea has receded and left a Medieval time capsule.

Day One: Walmer Castle - Richborough - Rye

Kent has many castles and we begin with two of the smaller forts at DEAL and WALMER. Each castle was built by Henry VIII as a defence against the Spanish and French. Walmer Castle is one of the best preserved castles of that era and had many significant guardians, including Winston Churchill. Next, we go back in time to AD43 – the establishment of RICHBOROUGH Fort. This was a Roman stronghold and the point where all modern English roads begin. Driving a few miles to the ancient Cinque Port of RYE. Once a thriving trading port but over the centuries the sea has receded and left a Medieval time capsule.

Day 2: White Cliffs - Dover Castle - Dixter

Day 2: White Cliffs - Dover Castle - Dixter

As we drive along the cliff tops towards the WHITE CLIFFS, there are a number of memorials to the heroes of WWII - you may get a view of France. Dominating the coast is DOVER CASTLE. The castle offers a spectrum of history from pre-history to the present day - it is said is the oldest standing building in England, a Roman lighthouse and a warren of tunnels beneath the castle formed a control area in WWII. This area has lovely scenery and we will stop at the beautiful gardens at GREAT DIXTER. These gardens were laid out by Christopher Lloyd where he pioneered the use of natural plant regimes.

Day 3: Canterbury - Sissinghurst - Bodiam

Day 3: Canterbury - Sissinghurst - Bodiam

CANTERBURY an ancient city with architecture from the Roman period. Known for three World Heritage Sites, the Cathedral is the home of the Anglican Church. Possibly more significant is the tiny church of St Martins, arguably the oldest in the country. Across the NORTH DOWNS takes us to one of the World’s most celebrated gardens, SISSINGHURST CASTLE. Created by Vita Sackville West surrounding an Elizabethan mansion, the garden is a series of compartments providing outstanding colour and an intimate atmosphere. A few miles away is BODIAM CASTLE - the quintessential English moated castle.

Day 4: Leeds Castle - Knole - Chartwell

Day 4: Leeds Castle - Knole - Chartwell

LEEDS CASTLE is billed at the most beautiful castle in the World. Built over 1000 years ago and once a palace to Henry VIII, the castle sits serenely in the surrounding countryside. Attractions include; the maze, an aviary, several gardens and museums. Heading back towards London, KNOLE is a Tudor palace. Owned by Henry VIII following the reformation, the house has sumptuous suite of state rooms and numerous works of art. Contrasting with this house is CHARTWELL, home to Winston Churchill from 1922. The house is left as it was when Churchill was alive, with cigars and the day’s newspapers on display.


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