Kent – Gardens, Vines & Railway Lines

Staying at the Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury

6 DAYS | 12th September 2021

Known as the ‘Garden of England’, Kent’s abundance of picturesque gardens and historic buildings are some of the most beautiful in England. A favourite of King Henry VIII there is everything from ancient woodland to landscaped parkland, flower gardens to herb gardens, vineyards to orchards.

Our base for the tour, the Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury, boasts a traditional restaurant and lounge. The bedrooms each have a TV and refreshments tray.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to Stockwood Country Park where we visit the Mossman horse-drawn carriage collection, the largest of its kind in the UK. Enjoy a picnic or head to the delightful cafe. After our visit we continue on to our hotel.

Goodnestone Park Gardens is our first destination for today; a Palladian house with a eclectic gardens. Jane Austen herself was a frequent visitor. Wander around the parkland, the terrace or the walled garden. Before lunch we head to Sandwich on the River Stour, where you will have time for a stroll and lunch. Taking its name from the well-loved bread snack and its patron John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, the town still has many of the original medieval buildings.

This morning we meet our guide for a part-coach, part-walking tour of the city of Canterbury. Perhaps visit the famous Cathedral, take a stroll around the shops, have lunch in one of the many cafes or maybe take a sail on the river.

Today we visit the world renowned gardens of Sissinghurst. (NT members: free, nonmembers: £14.00). After our visit we take the short journey to Carr Taylor Vineyard for a tour and tasting followed by tea and cake.

Today we venture firstly to the Battle of Britain Memorial to admire the statue of the lone pilot and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall. With stunning views there is also a café where you can enjoy morning refreshments. We will then head to the seaside resort of Folkestone where you will have time for lunch and a stroll along the Lees. Next we travel to Dymchurch for our train ride on the Light Railway to see the picturesque Romney Marsh from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness; one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world. After time for an afternoon coffee we will then head back to the hotel.

This morning we head for home making a coffee stop en-route to a garden centre for lunch. We continue our journey north on the motorway and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance to Goodnestone Gardens, Carr Taylor Vineyard Tour with tea and cake, Guided tour of Canterbury, trip on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.

£585.00 per person sharing twin/double
£50.00 single room supplement
£36.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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