South Downs Splendour 5 Days - Royal Norfolk Hotel
Bognor Regis has been a seaside fishing settlement since Anglo Saxon times. It became a fashionable resort in the reign of George III and has been frequented by royalty on numerous occasions. The resort is flat and has an excellent promenade walk. There is a pier and a delightful park, Hotham Park, which boasts a narrow gauge railway, putting green, crazy golf, tennis court and boating lake. On the beach between Bognor Regis and Aldwick lies the wreck of a floating pontoon - part of the Mulberry Harbour which was destined to be towed across to Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944 and was washed up on the beach shortly after D-Day. The beach is predominantly pebbly but the water is clean and the quality of the light often remarkable. Inland the scenery is quintessentially English with the splendour of the South Downs, England's newest National Park, very close at hand.
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 - Chichester & Arundel
Historic Chichester is situated between two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the South Downs and Chichester Harbour. /nThe city centre is built in planned Georgian style around the 12th Century Cathedral. Novium museum explores the city’s history./nHistoric Arundel, with its castle, overlooks the River Arun. Today, most of what you see was built in the 18th and 19th Centuries./nArundel Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror’s sidekick Roger de Montgomery in the 11th Century (entry fees apply). /n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area. /nDon't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.
Day 4 - Portsmouth & Southsea
Portsmouth is an historic naval town with a fascinating harbour./nThe remains of Henry VIII’s Mary Rose and Nelson's flagship Victory are hosted in the Dockyard (docks free entry: entry fee may apply to individual ships)./nThe only UK museum solely dedicated to the D-Day landings is located on Clarence Esplanade./nThere is a Pier, Castle and two public gardens, one of which has a lake./nKeep an eye out for the Hovercraft ferry carrying passengers to the Isle of Wight./n
Day 5 - Return Travel
Royal Norfolk Hotel
Situated in a delightfully sunny spot on the sea front with extensive lawns and superb Channel views, this exceptional Georgian building dates from the 1830’s and has been visited by the Emperor Napoleon III of France and various descendants of Queen Victoria. The Royal Norfolk hotel in Bognor Regis is just a short walk from the pier and shops. All 67 rooms are centrally heated with private bath or shower and WC, television, trouser press, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an attractive lobby bar with television, a split level restaurant, two conference rooms and a bar lounge with small dance floor. Lift serves most rooms (some rooms accessed via several stairs). Entertainment is provided most evenings. It is not surprising this grand hotel is popular among holidaymakers who enjoy coach holidays to Bognor Regis.