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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

Heritage 2022

PRICE FROM ? £645 per person
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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. We discover some of these historic gems during our festive break, including Bodiam Castle, a 14th-century moated castle and Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, as well as the oldest cathedral in England, Canterbury Cathedral. With these architectural splendours all evoking a magical festive ambience, this break is an enchanting way to enjoy the countdown to Christmas. 

Itinerary

Excursion One – Bateman’s & Bodiam Castle
This morning we visit Bateman’s, a 17th-century house which 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. During our visit, 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 fortifications. 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.

Excursion Two – Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral
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 gives us a chance to explore the castle’s impressive state rooms which are lavishly decorated forChristmas before enjoying a festive lunch here.


Afterwards we head to Canterbury, where we enjoy a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in England, dating back to Norman times. In 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the cathedral and ever since, it has been a site of Christian pilgrimage. The cathedral contains one of England’s largest collections of early medieval stained glass (which has been proven by a recent study to be some of the oldest in the world!) while its awe-inspiring architecture includes a sweeping Gothic nave and cavernous crypt. With twinkling Christmas trees and a life-size nativity scene, the cathedral has a magical atmosphere during the festive season.

Excursion Three – Hever Castle & Penshurst Place   
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. Take the time to admire the castle’s interior, beautifully decorated for the festive season with fairy lights, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees before enjoying an included lunch.

Next is Penshurst Place. Previously used as a hunting lodge by Henry VIII, the house displays many of its original medieval and Tudor features, a magnificent Great Hall and a fine collection of portraits, furniture and tapestries. All dressed up for the festivities with mistletoe and foliage gathered from the estate, this medieval manor house looks magical during the lead up to Christmas, and we enjoy a special ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour and learn all about how the State Rooms are looked after and conserved during the winter months. 

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  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Bateman’s, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Hever Castle & Penshurst Place
  • Festive lunch* at Leeds Castle
  • Guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Lunch* at Hever Castle
  • ‘Behind-the-scenes’ tour of Penshurst Place
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bateman’s, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Hever Castle & Penshurst Place
  • Festive lunch* at Leeds Castle
  • Guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Lunch* at Hever Castle
  • ‘Behind-the-scenes’ tour of Penshurst Place
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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

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  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Bateman’s, Bodiam Castle, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Hever Castle & Penshurst Place
  • Festive lunch* at Leeds Castle
  • Guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Lunch* at Hever Castle
  • ‘Behind-the-scenes’ tour of Penshurst Place
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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

Itinerary

Excursion One – Bateman’s & Bodiam Castle
This morning we visit Bateman’s, a 17th-century house which 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. During our visit, 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 fortifications. 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.

Excursion Two – Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral
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 gives us a chance to explore the castle’s impressive state rooms which are lavishly decorated forChristmas before enjoying a festive lunch here.


Afterwards we head to Canterbury, where we enjoy a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in England, dating back to Norman times. In 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the cathedral and ever since, it has been a site of Christian pilgrimage. The cathedral contains one of England’s largest collections of early medieval stained glass (which has been proven by a recent study to be some of the oldest in the world!) while its awe-inspiring architecture includes a sweeping Gothic nave and cavernous crypt. With twinkling Christmas trees and a life-size nativity scene, the cathedral has a magical atmosphere during the festive season.

Excursion Three – Hever Castle & Penshurst Place   
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 a private tour of the castle which is beautifully decorated for the festive season with fairy lights, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees before enjoying an included lunch.

Next is Penshurst Place. Previously used as a hunting lodge by Henry VIII, the house displays many of its original medieval and Tudor features, a magnificent Great Hall and a fine collection of portraits, furniture and tapestries. All dressed up for the festivities with mistletoe and foliage gathered from the estate, this medieval manor house looks magical during the lead up to Christmas, and we enjoy a special ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour and learn all about how the State Rooms are looked after and conserved during the winter months. 

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Accommodation

Bridgewood Manor Hotel

The4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotelis situated on the outskirts of Chatham in the heart of Kent. The hotel is designed around a beautiful inner courtyard and offers well-equipped rooms, a bar, restaurant and health club and spa with heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Spa treatments are available at an extra cost.

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