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Kent Castles, Roman Remains & Canterbury

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8642

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Heritage 2022

PRICE FROM ? £695 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 on this captivating journey into the past. Within Britain’s oldest county lies a treasure trove of historic landmarks entwined with enchanting castles, from impressive Roman ruins dating back to the 1st century to some of England’s most remarkable coastal fortresses such as Dover Castle, perched atop the famous White Cliffs. A special cream tea at Walmer Castle and a visit to the stunning city of Canterbury, renowned for its wealth of historic delights, completes this delightful break.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Down House & Lullingstone Roman Villa
Our first stop is Down House, where we enjoy a guided tour of the 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 continue on to Lullingstone Roman Villa, one of the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. As well as the remains of the buildings, we can 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 – Richborough Roman Fort, Deal Castle & Walmer Castle and Gardens
This morning we make our way to Richborough Roman Fort. 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.

Next we visit Deal Castle, steeped in history and a fine Tudor artillery fortress that was built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect England’s coast from invasion. There is plenty to explore, from the tunnels below up to the circular rooms above.

We round off our day with cream tea at 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.


Excursion Three – Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
We start the day with a visit to Canterbury, one of medieval Europe’s great centres of pilgrimage and learning. Here 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.

Afterwards we have time at leisure to explore Canterbury. Why not pay a visit Canterbury Cathedral? Our country’s oldest cathedral boasts awe-inspiring architecture, including a sweeping Gothic nave and cavernous crypt, and one of England’s largest collections of medieval stained glass. Recent research has shown that it’s among the earliest stained glass in the world, meaning the windows would have witnessed the murder of Thomas Becket and other key events in British history.

Finally we head 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 find out more fascinating stories during our atmospheric guided tour of Annexe – the Underground Hospital. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the dressing station with its operating theatre, dark corridors and recreated Second World War wards. Providing a fascinating insight into the past, this is where Dover bombing casualties were treated and stabilised before being sent to inland hospitals.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 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 Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Richborough Roman Fort, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided tours of Down House, St Augustine’s Abbey & Annexe – the Underground Hospital at Dover Castle
  • Cream tea* at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Richborough Roman Fort, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided tours of Down House, St Augustine’s Abbey & Annexe – the Underground Hospital at Dover Castle
  • Cream tea* at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Coach Itinerary

Excursion One – Down House & Lullingstone Roman Villa
Our first stop is Down House, where we enjoy a guided tour of the 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 continue on to Lullingstone Roman Villa, one of the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. As well as the remains of the buildings, we can 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 – Richborough Roman Fort, Deal Castle & Walmer Castle and Gardens
This morning we make our way to Richborough Roman Fort. 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.

Next we visit Deal Castle, steeped in history and a fine Tudor artillery fortress that was built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect England’s coast from invasion. There is plenty to explore, from the tunnels below up to the circular rooms above.

We round off our day with cream tea at 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.


Excursion Three – Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
We start the day with a visit to Canterbury, one of medieval Europe’s great centres of pilgrimage and learning. Here 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.

Afterwards we have time at leisure to explore Canterbury. Why not pay a visit Canterbury Cathedral? Our country’s oldest cathedral boasts awe-inspiring architecture, including a sweeping Gothic nave and cavernous crypt, and one of England’s largest collections of medieval stained glass. Recent research has shown that it’s among the earliest stained glass in the world, meaning the windows would have witnessed the murder of Thomas Becket and other key events in British history.

Finally we head 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 find out more fascinating stories during our atmospheric guided tour of Annexe – the Underground Hospital. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the dressing station with its operating theatre, dark corridors and recreated Second World War wards. Providing a fascinating insight into the past, this is where Dover bombing casualties were treated and stabilised before being sent to inland hospitals.

Coach Bullets

  • 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 Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Richborough Roman Fort, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided tours of Down House, St Augustine’s Abbey & Annexe – the Underground Hospital at Dover Castle
  • Cream tea* at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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

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Accommodation

Bridgewood Manor Hotel

The4-starBridgewood 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 available at extra cost).

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