KENT AND SUSSEX: THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND

5 Day Tours of Great Britain
CanterburyCanterbury, Rye, Dover and Hastings • UP TO 16 GUESTS
Anne Boelyn's Tudor Hever Castle and Churchill's home are two of the highlights of this tour to Kent and Sussex, two of the counties near London. Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret wartime tunnels at Dover and enchanting Sissinghurst Gardens as we dedicate five days to England’s exquisite Kent and Sussex. Discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown. Map

 

The Lynott Tours Difference

  • Visit iconic castles – from Anne Boelyn at Hever Castle to Dover Castle
  • Wind through beautiful countryside aboard a traditional steam train
  • Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer

Day 1 London – Chartwell House – Hever Castle – Canterbury
Today we’re on the trail of statesmen and Tudors. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill. But a chance to see inside Chartwell gives us a glimpse into his private home. This rust-red stone manor is a time capsule of 1930s family life, letting you see into the Churchills’ library, sitting room and study. Outside, there are over 800 acres of woodland and farmland to explore all-year round, with rose-lined trails, kitchen gardens and picturesque lakes.

Hever CastleThen it’s on to Hever Castle, the fairytale childhood home of Anne Boleyn – before she became Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife and her story turned sour. The beautifully preserved rooms will have you feeling like you’re in another century, with intricate tapestries, enormous four-poster beds and a collection of Tudor portraits that rivals the country’s best galleries. Look out for Anne Boleyn’s very own prayer books, complete with her hand-written name. But that’s not all. Ornamental English rose gardens and the lake that’s ruled by regal swans are superb for strolling around. Tonight’s hotel, near Canterbury, is where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Accommodation: (Canterbury Lodge)(D)

Day 2 Canterbury – Whitstable – Faversham – Canterbury
We’ve seen a grand country estate and an enchanting castle, and now our attention is about to be captured by a magnificent cathedral: Canterbury. In this World Heritage Site – the oldest working church in England – we discover medieval ruins, the oak-roofed monks’ Chapter House, staggering gothic nave, 11th-century crypt and the grisly site where Thomas Becket became a martyr.

Onwards from Canterbury, we take a circular route to Whitstable. Here, quirkily named alleyways are home to snug pubs and quaint shops, and you can trace the fishermen’s catch from the pebble beach to the harbour market where Whitstable’s famous oysters are the star attraction. To quench our thirst after all that salty sea air, we head to Shepherd Neame in Faversham where we’re treated to a tour and the chance to sample the award-winning beers made at Britain’s oldest brewery. It’s been a busy day, so this evening in Canterbury is yours to enjoy however you choose. Accommodation: (Canterbury Lodge)(B)

Day 3 Canterbury – Tenterden – Bodiam Castle – Rye
We’ll take a step back to the golden age of British transport today as we board the Tenterden Steam Railway, chugging through idyllic rural scenery in a classic carriage. When we reach Bodiam, we’ll find ourselves deep in storybook territory. With soaring towers, an iron-studded wooden portcullis and an iconic moat, Bodiam Castle is every inch the archetypal English castle. While here, we’ll climb spiral staircases, step onto the great hall’s dais and look up to spot murder holes as we pass through the gatehouse. Our third and final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye, where we’ll visit the Rye Heritage Centre. (Mermaid Inn Rye)(B)

English villageDay 4 Rye – Dover – Rye 
Today we dedicate time to Rye, soaking up stories of smugglers and Norman conquests, strolling its cobbled lanes lined with timber-clad houses, and swooning over the charms that inspired writers and artists from Henry James to Paul Nash. Tracing the shoreline, we arrive at Dover Castle and the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historical tales, far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon sees us back in Rye, where free time gives you the chance to see more of the town – or revisit some of the sites from this morning. (Mermaid Inn Rye) (B, D)

Day 5 Rye – Hastings – Sissinghurst – London
We can’t leave this part of the country without paying a visit to Hastings – the site of the eponymous battle and our first point of call on our tour’s final day. We first meander around Hastings’ Old Town before standing at the very spot where King Harold fell – and English history took a new course – in the market town of Battle. It might be a serene landscape now, but we’ll soon be able to picture the swords and shields that clashed here. We round up our tour of South East English castles at handsome Sissinghurst, where poet and writer Vita Sackville-West’s renowned, romantic gardens are a picture of beauty. Look out for her favourite roses. And peer inside the library, chock-a-block with books and intriguing antiques. It’s our last stop before our tour reaches its conclusion back in the capital. (B)

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INCLUSIONS

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced driver and tour leader
  • Comfortable mini-coach transportation
  • 2 dinners
  • Beer tasting in Faversham 
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway ticket
  • Entrance tickets to:
  • Chartwell, Hever Castle and Gardens and Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Tour departs from Arbor Hotel Hyde Park 830AM, returns 530PM
  • Canterbury Abode Canterbury or similar
    Maidstone Leeds Castle
    Rye Mermaid Inn 

2019 TOURS

Jun-19
Jul-19
Aug-19
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Mon 26 Aug Fri 30 Aug
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2,025
Sep-19
Mon 2 Sep Fri 6 Sep
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2,025
Mon 9 Sep Fri 13 Sep
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2,025
Mon 16 Sep Fri 20 Sep
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2,025

This itinerary reflect the inclusions for 2019. There may be slight variations in the 2020 itinerary.

KENT: THE GARDEN & CASTLES OF ENGLAND
Canterbury | Maidstone | Rye | Sissinghurst

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate six days to England’s exquisite South East. On our travels we’ll see why Whitstable has been dubbed the ‘Pearl of Kent’ – and discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown. Map

THE LYNOTT DIFFERENCE

  • Visit the iconic castles and gardens of Hever, Leeds, Dover and Sissinghurst
  • Delve into history on a behind-the-scenes tour of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery

DAY 1 LONDON – CHARTWELL HOUSE – CANTERBURY
After meeting the group in London, we’ll set a course for our first historic stop: Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell will give us a glimpse into his private home. From the library to the sitting room and study, this red stone manor is a time capsule brimming with insights into 1930s family life. We’ll move on to Canterbury this afternoon – where a welcome dinner awaits. (D)

Accommodation: Abode Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 CANTERBURY – SANDWICH – BROADSTAIRS – MAIDSTONE
Our second day will begin with a visit to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. The oldest working church in England, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to medieval ruins, an oak-roofed Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave. Then: we’ll move on to medieval Sandwich, and Broadstairs – which Dickens immortalised as ‘Our English Watering Place’. Tonight, we’ll rest our heads in the grounds of the spectacular Leeds Castle. (B,D)

Accommodation: Leeds Castle

DAY 3 MAIDSTONE – FAVERSHAM – WHITSTABLE – MAIDSTONE
This morning we’ll take some time to explore Leeds Castle on a guided tour of the famous moat, the areas below stairs and the grand bedrooms (some of which were favoured by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during their frequent stays). Then: onwards to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, where we’ll be treated to a tour – with the chance to sample some award-winning beers. We’ll round off the day with a seaside stroll in the quaint town of Whitstable before returning to the castle for the evening. (B)

Accommodation: Leeds Castle

DAY 4 MAIDSTONE – TENTERDEN – RYE
Next stop: historic Tenterden, a quintessentially English town overlooking the valley of the River Rother. After taking a look around, we’ll pull up a chair and get comfy at the Chapel Down winery – where we’ll clink glasses over an included wine tasting. Our final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye, where we’ll pay a visit to the Rye Heritage Centre. (B,L)

Accommodation: The Mermaid Inn (or similar)

DAY 5 RYE – DOVER – RYE
Today we’ll dedicate some time to exploring Rye’s cobbled lanes and timber-clad houses, experiencing some of the magic that inspired writers and artists such as Henry James and Paul Nash. After tracing the shoreline and spotting those famous white cliffs, we’ll arrive at Dover Castle: the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historic tales, not to mention far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon will see us back in Rye, where some free time will allow for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Mermaid Inn (or similar)

DAY 6 RYE – SISSINGHURST – HEVER CASTLE – LONDON
There’s still time for two more stops before our tour comes to a close. After visiting Sissinghurst Castle (where we’ll find poet and writer Vita Sackville-West’s famous gardens), we’ll move on to Hever Castle – the fairytale childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Then: back to London, where we’ll say our goodbyes. (B)

INCLUSIONS

  • 5 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Lynott Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)
  • Beer tasting at Shepherd Neame in Faversham  
  • Wine tasting at Chapel Down in Tenterden
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Hever Castle and Gardens, Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, Rye Heritage Centre, Dover Castle, Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Chartwell House
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