Cutty Sark © National Maritime Museum
Lovely Castles in the Garden of England Kent is known as the Garden of England for its abundant flower meadows, orchards and hop fields. Come with us on this stunning tour around the county, taking in a selection of wonderfully preserved castles, houses and their stunning grounds, each offering a glimpse of times past. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Leeds Castle We visit Leeds Castle today. We discover the beautiful castle rooms and explore the lovely grounds, riverside woodland garden and Mediterranean terrace garden, from where we can enjoy beautiful views over the serene lake and parkland. Other attractions include bird of prey displays, a maze and grotto, the Dog Collar Museum, Elsie the land train and the Black Swan Ferry (seasonal) (small charges Today we make our way to the romantic, moated Scotney Castle . We relax in the picturesque garden with its glorious backdrop of a fairytale castle, venture into the beautiful grounds and discover the delights of its Victorian country mansion house with all its secrets and stories. (Please note, a timed ticket will be required to visit the house – these are available from reception on the day of your visit and cannot be pre booked.) Day 4 Penshurst Place & Tunbridge Wells We begin this morning with a visit to the beautiful Penshurst Place , a 14th century manor house with 11 acres of formal gardens. We discover the fascinating interior and beautiful grounds, exploring the state rooms, gardens and parkland. This afternoon we enjoy free time in the delightful town of Tunbridge Wells with time to explore the historic Pantiles area, which dates to the early 17th century and is today home to a range of boutique shops, elegant galleries and popular eateries. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home. apply for the train/ferry). Day 3 Scotney Castle
A Shipful of Tea & History in Kent Kent has played a significant role in Britain’s maritime history and we immerse ourselves in that legacy on this tour. We visit the Historic Dockyard Chatham to discover 400 years of maritime history and spend the day in fascinating Greenwich, home to the Cutty Sark ship, the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. We also visit Chartwell, the country home of Sir Winston Churchill, and pay our respects to those who served at RAF Biggin Hill during the Second World War. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We spend today at the Historic Dockyard Chatham ; the exhibits stretch over 80 acres, including three historic warships, interactive galleries and a collection of RNLI Lifeboats, so there’s plenty to see and do. We discover 400 years of history as we explore the architecture, ships and people that shaped British maritime innovation, engineering and design. We also have a Victorian Ropery Tour , during which we learn about the history and art of rope making, with live demonstrations. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Historic Dockyard Chatham
For an extra special experience at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, why not include a lunch in the Commissioner’s House (not usually open to the public) combined with a private history talk about the Dockyard? For more info, please speak to our sales team. Consider adding a Call the Midwife Location Tour to go behind the scenes of one of TV’s most iconic series and discover how the 400 year old Chatham dockyard is transformed into 1950’s East London. Please request details from your Account Manager.
Day 3 Greenwich Today we have a full day to visit the home of time, Greenwich, where we explore its famous attractions (such as the Royal Observatory, the Old Naval College, Greenwich Park or Greenwich markets, open Tue-Sun), before heading to the Cutty Sark for a late lunchtime entrance. During our History of Tea guided tour we learn about the life of this historic tea clipper in its heyday, enjoying a cream tea at the end - how appropriate! Day 4 Chartwell & Biggin Hill Memorial Museum This morning we visit Chartwell , which was purchased by Sir Winston Churchill in 1922 and used as his main base during the ‘20s and ‘30s for writing, painting and entertaining. Housing the largest collection of Churchill’s paintings and filled with treasures from every aspect of his life, the rooms remain much as they were when he lived there. The hillside gardens, which visitors are encouraged to explore, reflect Churchill’s love of the landscape and nature – including the lakes he created. In the afternoon we make our way to the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum , situated on the same site as St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, built in 1951 to remember those who served and died at Biggin Hill during the Second World War. Our 1 hour guided tour follows the story of RAF Biggin Hill through an exceptional collection of stories and objects of those who served here. During our visit, we also enjoy scones with tea/coffee. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Penshurst Place Rose Garden © Penshurst Place & Gardens
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