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Christmas Time At The Castles Of Kent

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8431

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

NT Festive 2018

PRICE FROM ? £529 per person
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Itinerary

Description

The Garden of England is Britain’s oldest county, steeped in thousands of years of history and full of treasures, from romantic castles to medieval manors, some of which we discover on our festive break.

Self Drive

Excursion One – Bateman’s & Bodiam Castle

17th-century Bateman’s so enchanted Rudyard Kipling when he discovered it that he made it his home in 1902. With its stone-mullioned windows and Sussex oak beams, it’s a romantic retreat that has been left virtually untouched since Kipling’s tenure here. The ground floor is decorated for a Kipling family Christmas with a roaring fire, traditionally decorated tree and a table set for dinner all adding to the cosy, festive feel of an Edwardian home at Christmas.

We continue on to Bodiam Castle, one of Britain’s most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. This archetypal 14th-century moated castle with a ruined interior gives us a glimpse of medieval splendour and boasts an original wooden portcullis, spiral staircases, tower rooms and battlements. The castle will be decorated as if for a medieval Christmas and costumed characters will entertain us with tales of medieval Christmas traditions.

Excursion Two – Leeds Castle & the Historic Dockyard Chatham

We pay a visit to the magnificent Leeds Castle, a quintessential moated castle set in 500 acres of glorious parkland. Dating back to the 12th century, it has been a Norman stronghold, the royal residence of six medieval queens and was once home to Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Latterly, it became an elegant early 20th-century retreat for the influential and the famous. Our visit with audio guides gives us a chance to explore the castle’s impressive state rooms which will be decorated for Christmas.


 

Later we continue to the Historic Dockyard Chatham, an impressive maritime museum. Celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2018, there are 80 acres to explore here with over 100 buildings and structures, most of which were built between 1704 and 1855. The Three Historic Warships attraction is particularly interesting and showcases over 100 years of life at sea.

 

Excursion Three – Hever Castle & Rochester Castle

We head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Dating back to the late 13th century, this double-moated castle originated as a gatehouse and walled bailey and is home to various historic artefacts such as Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. The castle was lavishly restored and extended in the early 20th century by American millionaire, William Waldorf Astor. We enjoy an exclusive private guided tour of the castle which is beautifully decorated for the festive season with fairy lights, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. We then enjoy an included lunch in the impressive Pavilion Restaurant overlooking the lake.

Our final visit is to Rochester Castle. This imposing fortress stands on the east bank of the River Medway and is one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. The castle has a chequered history of destruction and rebuilding, having been subjected to siege three times and partly demolished by King John in 1215. Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the 16th century.

 

Please note the order of excursions is subject to change.

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  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bateman’s, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Hever Castle & Rochester Castle
  • Audio guided tour at Leeds Castle
  • Exclusive private guided tour at Hever Castle
  • Festive lunch* at Hever Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bateman’s, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Hever Castle & Rochester Castle
  • Audio guided tour at Leeds Castle
  • Exclusive private guided tour at Hever Castle
  • Festive lunch* at Hever Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

*Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

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Coach Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bateman’s, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Hever Castle & Rochester Castle
  • Audio guided tour at Leeds Castle
  • Exclusive private guided tour at Hever Castle
  • Festive lunch* at Hever Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

*Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

Coach

Excursion One – Bateman’s & Bodiam Castle

17th-century Bateman’s so enchanted Rudyard Kipling when he discovered it that he made it his home in 1902. With its stone-mullioned windows and Sussex oak beams, it’s a romantic retreat that has been left virtually untouched since Kipling’s tenure here. The ground floor is decorated for a Kipling family Christmas with a roaring fire, traditionally decorated tree and a table set for dinner all adding to the cosy, festive feel of an Edwardian home at Christmas.

We continue on to Bodiam Castle, one of Britain’s most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. This archetypal 14th-century moated castle with a ruined interior gives us a glimpse of medieval splendour and boasts an original wooden portcullis, spiral staircases, tower rooms and battlements. The castle will be decorated as if for a medieval Christmas and costumed characters will entertain us with tales of medieval Christmas traditions.

 

Excursion Two – Leeds Castle & the Historic Dockyard Chatham

We pay a visit to the magnificent Leeds Castle, a quintessential moated castle set in 500 acres of glorious parkland. Dating back to the 12th century, it has been a Norman stronghold, the royal residence of six medieval queens and was once home to Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Latterly, it became an elegant early 20th-century retreat for the influential and the famous. Our visit with audio guides gives us a chance to explore the castle’s impressive state rooms which will be decorated for Christmas.


 

Later we continue to the Historic Dockyard Chatham, an impressive maritime museum. Celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2018, there are 80 acres to explore here with over 100 buildings and structures, most of which were built between 1704 and 1855. The Three Historic Warships attraction is particularly interesting and showcases over 100 years of life at sea.

 

Excursion Three – Hever Castle & Rochester Castle

We head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Dating back to the late 13th century, this double-moated castle originated as a gatehouse and walled bailey and is home to various historic artefacts such as Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. The castle was lavishly restored and extended in the early 20th century by American millionaire, William Waldorf Astor. We enjoy an exclusive private guided tour of the castle which is beautifully decorated for the festive season with fairy lights, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. We then enjoy an included lunch in the impressive Pavilion Restaurant overlooking the lake.

Our final visit is to Rochester Castle. This imposing fortress stands on the east bank of the River Medway and is one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. The castle has a chequered history of destruction and rebuilding, having been subjected to siege three times and partly demolished by King John in 1215. Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the 16th century.

 

Please note the order of excursions is subject to change.

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