4 days

From £625

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The historic pleasure gardens at Walmer Castle in Kent have been dramatically brought back to life thanks to a £2.3m restoration project funded by English Heritage, and they form the centrepiece of this new tour which also visits the ‘Cinque Ports’ of Hastings, Sandwich, Hythe, Dover, and Romney.

We begin at the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor on the Kent/Sussex border and continue to Hastings to see the ruins of William the Conqueror’s castle. We visit the Salutation Garden near Sandwich and explore this, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the UK, before moving on to Walmer. A trip on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway ticks off the third and fourth of our historic ports, and is shortly followed by the fifth as we tour Dover Castle, one of the most impressive of all English fortresses, which has witnessed centuries of history unfold before it.

A visit to Smallhythe Place, actress Helen Terry’s 16th century cottage and rose garden, rounds of our journey through the Garden of England and the Cinque Ports.

Tour highlights:

  • Pashley Manor’s romantic landscapes
  • Walking in famous footsteps at the extensively rejuvenated Walmer Castle
  • The diminutive yet powerful steam engines of the RH&D Railway
  • Impressive Dover Castle, a key part of the nation’s defences for centuries
  • Theatrical memorabilia at Smallhythe Place

Departure Routes

Location Depart Return
Bus stop outside DoubleTree Hilton, Redcliffe Way
07.00 19.45
Holiday Inn Express, Frankland Rd
08.00 18.45
Outside Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
09.15 17.15
Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
10.30 16.00

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.

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Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £90

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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
6 October 2022 BWCP221006 6 October 2022 (Thursday) 9 October 2022 (Sunday) Michael Gill £625
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