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Kent Castles, Roman Remains & Canterbury

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8642

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

English Heritage 2019

PRICE FROM ? £755 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Discover Kent through the ages and take in the best that the ‘Garden of England’ has to offer. We’ll visit impressive Roman ruins dating back to the 1st century, the historic city of Canterbury, and some of England’s most remarkable coastal castles and fortresses.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Home of Charles Darwin – Down House & Lullingstone Roman Villa

Our first stop is Down House, home of naturalist Charles Darwin and his family for 40 years. Several rooms have been recreated as they appeared when he lived here, including the study where he wrote On the Origin of Species. The house is surrounded by extensive gardens in which Darwin carried out many experiments. We’ll find out more about Darwin and his life on a guided tour.

We then continue on to Lullingstone Roman Villa, which is one of the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. As well as the remains of the buildings, we will see the spectacular 4th-century mosaics, prints of the rare wall paintings, the heated bath-suite and ‘house-church’, as well as galleries displaying Lullingstone’s collection of Roman artefacts.

Excursion Two – Canterbury & St Augustine’s Abbey

This morning we visit Canterbury, one of medieval Europe’s great centres of pilgrimage and learning. We have time to explore Canterbury at leisure, discovering the city’s fascinating history before finding a place for lunch. While here, be sure to visit Canterbury Cathedral (entrance not included), the oldest cathedral in England. The cathedral contains one of England’s largest collections of early medieval stained glass and its awe-inspiring architecture includes a sweeping Gothic nave and cavernous crypt.

In the afternoon we explore the impressive ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey on a guided tour. With its origins in the 6th century, this was one of England’s most important religious sites and a centre of learning and spirituality for almost 1,000 years. A museum houses some of the archaeological finds discovered at the site.


Excursion Three – Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle & Walmer Castle and Gardens

Firstly we visit Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre. The fort is set amid the East Kent marshes and, significantly, was occupied by the Romans from the invasion of AD 43 until the very end of Roman rule in 410. From its origins as a fort, the site developed into a town and port before reverting to military usage as a Saxon Shore Fort. We’ll learn more about its history and explore its huge Roman walls on our guided tour.

Next we venture to Deal Castle, a fine Tudor artillery castle that was built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect England’s coast from invasion. We can explore this castle, from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. A permanent exhibition gives an insight into the castle’s history.

Our final stop today is Walmer Castle and Gardens. Like Deal, Walmer was built during Henry VIII’s reign, but since 1708 its status as the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports has seen the fortress transformed into a home for notable people including the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. We’ll enjoy a cream tea here before being taken on a guided tour of the magnificent gardens by a member of the gardening team.

Excursion Four – Dover Castle

This final excursion takes us to Dover Castle, one of England’s most iconic castles. Situated atop the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the castle played a part in the defence of the country for nine centuries. It endured one of the greatest sieges of the medieval era, and the evacuation of Dunkirk was masterminded from tunnels beneath the castle walls. We’ll find out more about the castle’s history with a talk from an English Heritage historian in the Constable’s Tower, where tea and coffee will be served. We’ll also enjoy lunch here.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, near Maidstone
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Home of Charles Darwin – Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens & Dover Castle
  • Guided tour of Home of Charles Darwin, Down House
  • Guided tour of St Augustine’s Abbey
  • Guided tour of Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre
  • Guided gardens tour, guest speaker from the gardening team and cream tea at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Guided tour, refreshments, English Heritage historian guest speaker and lunch* at Dover Castle
  • Guidebooks for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.

Search Bullets

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, near Maidstone
  • Visits to Home of Charles Darwin – Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens & Dover Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Helpful Information

Please note: You will need a reasonable degree of mobility to keep up with the pace of the tour; you may encounter steep or rough terrain and have stairs to climb. As a general guideline, we recommend that you are comfortable to stroll for 20-30 minutes at a time.

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Coach Itinerary

Excursion One – Home of Charles Darwin – Down House & Lullingstone Roman Villa

Our first stop is Down House, home of naturalist Charles Darwin and his family for 40 years. Several rooms have been recreated as they appeared when he lived here, including the study where he wrote On the Origin of Species. The house is surrounded by extensive gardens in which Darwin carried out many experiments. We’ll find out more about Darwin and his life on a guided tour.

We then continue on to Lullingstone Roman Villa, which is one of the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. As well as the remains of the buildings, we will see the spectacular 4th-century mosaics, prints of the rare wall paintings, the heated bath-suite and ‘house-church’, as well as galleries displaying Lullingstone’s collection of Roman artefacts.

Excursion Two – Canterbury & St Augustine’s Abbey

This morning we visit Canterbury, one of medieval Europe’s great centres of pilgrimage and learning. We have time to explore Canterbury at leisure, discovering the city’s fascinating history before finding a place for lunch. While here, be sure to visit Canterbury Cathedral (entrance not included), the oldest cathedral in England. The cathedral contains one of England’s largest collections of early medieval stained glass and its awe-inspiring architecture includes a sweeping Gothic nave and cavernous crypt.

In the afternoon we explore the impressive ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey on a guided tour. With its origins in the 6th century, this was one of England’s most important religious sites and a centre of learning and spirituality for almost 1,000 years. A museum houses some of the archaeological finds discovered at the site.


Excursion Three – Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle & Walmer Castle and Gardens

Firstly we visit Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre. The fort is set amid the East Kent marshes and, significantly, was occupied by the Romans from the invasion of AD 43 until the very end of Roman rule in 410. From its origins as a fort, the site developed into a town and port before reverting to military usage as a Saxon Shore Fort. We’ll learn more about its history and explore its huge Roman walls on our guided tour.

Next we venture to Deal Castle, a fine Tudor artillery castle that was built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect England’s coast from invasion. We can explore this castle, from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence. A permanent exhibition gives an insight into the castle’s history.

Our final stop today is Walmer Castle and Gardens. Like Deal, Walmer was built during Henry VIII’s reign, but since 1708 its status as the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports has seen the fortress transformed into a home for notable people including the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. We’ll enjoy a cream tea here before being taken on a guided tour of the magnificent gardens by a member of the gardening team.

Excursion Four – Dover Castle

This final excursion takes us to Dover Castle, one of England’s most iconic castles. Situated atop the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the castle played a part in the defence of the country for nine centuries. It endured one of the greatest sieges of the medieval era, and the evacuation of Dunkirk was masterminded from tunnels beneath the castle walls. We’ll find out more about the castle’s history with a talk from an English Heritage historian in the Constable’s Tower, where tea and coffee will be served. We’ll also enjoy lunch here.

Coach Bullets

  • 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, near Maidstone
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Return coach travel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Home of Charles Darwin – Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens & Dover Castle
  • Guided tour of Home of Charles Darwin, Down House
  • Guided tour of St Augustine’s Abbey
  • Guided tour of Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre
  • Guided gardens tour, guest speaker from the gardening team and cream tea at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Guided tour, refreshments, English Heritage historian guest speaker and lunch* at Dover Castle
  • Guidebooks for selected properties
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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

Are you an English Heritage Member?

If you are a member of English Heritage you can save a further £40pp on the price shown. To redeem this all you need to do is tick the "EH Member Discount" box on the "Passenger Options" page during the booking process.

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