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Captivating Kent 5 Days 13 – 17 September 2020

HISTORIC NAVAL DOCKYARD CHATHAM
CITY OF ROCHESTER
MYSTERIOUS MARSHES – NEW ROMNEY AND LYDD
CATHEDRAL CITY OF CANTERBURY
HISTORIC FAVERSHAM

Kent is a county of many contrasts from historic Canterbury with its famous Cathedral to the historic naval dockyard to the marshlands of the south.

YOUR HOTEL The Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa, Chatham, is renowned for its fine food and service. Hotel facilities include Squires restaurant, open plan lounge and relaxing bar. Spa facilities include gym, swimming pool and sauna. Bedrooms are all en suite, and have television, hairdryer, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY Depart from your home area travelling east and arriving at Bridgewood Manor Hotel late afternoon.

MONDAY Our day begins with a ride to delightful Faversham. Faversham is one of England’s most charming towns with over 475 listed buildings and a good selection of independent shops. We have time to explore the town and have lunch. From here we continue to historic Canterbury. The City is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral, now a World Heritage Site, and the city centre, being very compact, is best explored on foot or by horse drawn carriage. There is a maze of intriguing side streets with a rich variety of specialist shops and welcoming cafes and pubs in which to relax.

TUESDAY This morning we head for southern Kent and the land of mysterious marshes and smugglers. First we come to New Romney. A Cinque Port since 1155, the Great Storm of 1287 changed the course of the River Rother and made New Romney an inland town. Next we arrive at Lydd. As we head inland spot the tower of St Mildred’s Church at Tenterden. Horatio, Lord Nelson’s daughter by his mistress Emma Hamilton, was at one time the vicar’s wife. Known as the ‘Jewel in the Weald’ the town makes an ideal place to finish the day.

WEDNESDAY Today’s excursion takes us first to Chatham and the famous Historic Naval Dockyard. This vast maritime heritage site offers the visitor much to see, with an abundance of historic buildings dating from 1704, three warships, dry docks, Royal Dockyard Museum and much more. This afternoon we visit the City of Rochester with its magnificent Cathedral and historic castle. Take a stroll along High Street and explore the old town and cobbled streets.

THURSDAY After breakfast we leave and head for home.

PRICE PER PERSON £412

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £100 7 AVAILABLE

PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation. Admission to Chatham Historic Dockyard.

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