Kent Coast & Garden Of England 5 Days-King Charles
Our base is historic Gillingham, the birthplace of the Elizabethan seafarer William Adams, founder of the first Japanese Navy, made famous by James' Clavell's novel "Shogun". Today Gillingham boasts a wide range of shops, services and amenities to explore. Our tour includes excursions to explore the surrounding areas of Kent.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Full Day Lullingstone Castle - The World Garden & Rochester
One of the oldest family estates in England, Lullingstone Castle dates back to the times of Domesday. The World Garden combines planting heritage with cutting-edge horticultural practises and rare and important botanical species continue to be added. The Hot & Spiky House contains over 1,000 varieties of cacti and succulents, The Cloud Garden has a ‘jungle’ feel with plants from warm climates and the Orchid House features some 200 varieties of orchid including the world’s most dangerous plant – the Deadly Stinger which sit safely behind a wired cage! We’ll also call at the historic town of Rochester./n
Day 3 - Full Day Royal Tunbridge Wells & Sissinghurst Castle Garden
We’ll enjoy a visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells before making our way to Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Transformed in the 1930s, Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop to a diverse history – from time as a prison in the 1700s to being a home to the women’s land army there is so much to see and learn. Divided into a series of ‘rooms’, the gardens here re filled with informal arrangements around a theme – the White Garden, the Purple Border and the Cottage Garden for example. Amateur gardeners and keen horticulturalists are sure to be inspired!/n
Day 4 - Full Day Ramsgate & Margate
Coastal splendour awaits as we visit the very edge of the Garden of England today. We’ll make our way to the original seaside town of Margate – a timeless resort which combines olde worlde charm with modern, artistic attractions and Ramsgate where the bustling harbour gives a continental feel and you could learn more in the Maritime Museum or perhaps explore the fascinating Ramsgate Tunnels, a unique civilian wartime tunnel complex. /n
Day 5 - Return Travel
King Charles Hotel
Conveniently located in the heart of Gillingham, with its extensive shopping and amenities including the Royal Engineers Museum and Chatham Historic Dockyard, the King Charles Hotel offers quality accommodation and traditional dining. Lounge bar.