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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

English Heritage 2021

PRICE FROM ? £635 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. Within Britain’s oldest county lies a treasure trove of historic landmarks entwined with enchanting castles, and on this fascinating break we visit impressive Roman ruins dating back to the 1st century, the stunning city of Canterbury, and some of England’s most remarkable coastal fortresses.

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 and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle & Walmer Castle and Gardens
This morning we make our way to 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.

Next we visit Deal Castle, a fine Tudor artillery fortress that was built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect England’s coast from invasion. We learn more about the castle’s fascinating history on our guided tour where we explore from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence.


We round off our day 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. We enjoy cream tea here before a guided tour of the magnificent gardens with a member of the gardening team.

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 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.

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 our more fascinating stories during our guided tour.

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 and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided tours of Down House, Deal Castle, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided gardens tour and cream tea* at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *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 £60pp 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

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Down House, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided tours of Down House, Deal Castle, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided gardens tour and cream tea* at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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 – 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 and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle & Walmer Castle and Gardens
This morning we make our way to 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.

Next we visit Deal Castle, a fine Tudor artillery fortress that was built on the orders of Henry VIII to protect England’s coast from invasion. We learn more about the castle’s fascinating history on our guided tour where we explore from the storerooms to the first-floor captain’s residence.


We round off our day 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. We enjoy cream tea here before a guided tour of the magnificent gardens with a member of the gardening team.

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 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.

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 our more fascinating stories during our guided tour.

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 and Amphitheatre, Deal Castle, Walmer Castle and Gardens, Canterbury, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided tours of Down House, Deal Castle, St Augustine’s Abbey & Dover Castle
  • Guided gardens tour and cream tea* at Walmer Castle and Gardens
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *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 £60pp 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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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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