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Often referred to as the “Garden of England”, Kent has a whole host of other things in its larder. The South East has a proud maritime past, and time is spent exploring Chatham Historic Dockyards. This new tour explores Kent's colourful countryside dotted with ancient towns. Included is entry to a castle, a Tudor Royal mansion, and a world class garden dating back hundreds of years, washed down with a glass or two of fine English wine.  


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BW Manor Hotel—Gravesend

Family owned business for over 25 years. This hotel creates a home from home feeling a warm and friendly atmosphere. Each en suite bedroom has free Wi-Fi, a hospitality tray, a hairdryer, a trouser press, digital TV and a telephone.

Excursion’s Include:

Excursions 1— Morning free in the 14th century city of Canterbury, rich in history with timbered houses and famous UNESCO cathedral. Nearby is 900 year old Leeds Castle; The rest of the day is spent exploring its rich interiors and 500 acres of gardens and parkland.

Excursions 2— First stop is the attractive town of Rochester with its Norman castle & ancient cathedral, with curling lane of old buildings leading to the Medway. The afternoon is spent at the most complete Dockyard of the Age of Sail in the world—a leading maritime heritage attraction, set in 80 acres with three Historic Warships, a working Victorian Ropery, Historic Lifeboats Collections, Dockyard Railway, interactive theatre, plus magnificent collections from 2 nations museums. The historical role of Chatham Dockyard spans 400 years until its closure in 1984.

Excursion 3—Penshurst Place is a private estate comprising of a perfectly preserved fortified manor house, built in 1341. Included is a tour of the house and the impressive medieval Barons Hall. The 50 acres of grade 1 listed gardens surrounding the house are described as one of Britain’s most alluring & seductive spectacles, divided into a series of “rooms”. Close by, is one of Kent's finest wineries, with acres of manicured vineyards and apple orchards. Included is a guided tour of the estate followed by a tasting session.


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