Castles & Gardens of Kent - Fri 26th April 2024

From GBP £489.00
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Product code: PW1B53

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Kent has so much to offer the visitor. From magnificent castles and houses embedded in to the very heart of England’s history, to towns and cities which have influenced world events over the years - it is perhaps the county which has the most to offer in the whole of Britain. Too many options to choose from!!

This holiday enjoys a varied itinerary with visits to world famous cities, charming coastal towns and resorts, a visit to a hidden gem of a garden plus a wonderful trip on a heritage trainline. We pass through lovely countryside on route to our excursion destinations – Kent is known as the 'Garden of England' due to its success in producing food and drink, particularly fruit, hops and herbs, so look out for orchards, pointy-roofed oast houses and windmills.


Collected from your local pick up point around 8.00/9.15am, we have a lunch stop in the historic centre of Guildford before arriving at the hotel mid-afternoon. Settle in to the comfort of your room before dinner.

Enjoy a splendid full buffet breakfast before heading off for today's excursion Leeds Castle in Kent, England, has been called the “loveliest castle in the world”. Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence and a royal palace. Set on two islands in a magnificent lake, Leeds Castle is one of the most iconic views of British history.  During its lifetime, the castle has been home to six medieval queens and Elizabeth I was imprisoned here for a time before her coronation. Enjoy a full day visit so time to also explore the 500 acres of landscaped parkland and beautiful gardens. Entrance fee included.

After breakfast we head for Canterbury. This historic destination is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral, the oldest in England, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has played such an important part in world history as the base for the Anglican Church. But there is much more to Canterbury, with other ancient ruins such as the Castle and a lovely cobbled centre to explore on foot. Returning to the hotel late afternoon.

Another magical excursion today as we visit two gems of the National Trust. Enjoy a lovely breakfast before we board the coach and head for Scotney Castle. With the garden and estate at Scotney Castle covering more than 780 acres there is plenty to see, from the ruined 14th-century castle to the walled garden and Grade I listed parkland. There are wonderful views to take in as you explore this stunning site. For lunch, head to the tearoom for a selection of delicious offerings!! Afterwards we continue to Sissinghurst Castle Garden. One of the most celebrated gardens in the country if not the world. Climb the 78 steps to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of this enormous, 450 acre estate. Entrance fees included.   

We head home with a stop for lunch in historic Chichester. Arriving back to your local pick up point around 3/4.00pm.

NT Member discount - £30 off per person. Please advise if you are a member and we will apply the discount.

Meal Plan - Dinner, Bed & breakfast

4* Ashford International Hotel

Part of the prestigious Q Hotel group, this four-star hotel is well located to visit the county’s attractions and offers a high-quality experience for the traveller. 

Beautifully decorated throughout in a modern contemporary style, you can be assured of high levels of comfort, facilities and service. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the spacious public areas. Head for the Quench Bar and take a few moments to relax with a drink and newspaper. Or why not enjoy a swim in the superb Health Club? Meals are served in the stylish Horizon Restaurant with a contemporary twist on traditional dishes – 3 course dinner with choice of menu with an extensive breakfast menu on offer. 

All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with modern en-suite facilities including bath and shower, Tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, TV and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi throughout. Passenger lift.