4 days

From £625

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Summary

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 Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
0845 1615
Gatwick
Copthorne Gatwick Hotel
1000 1500

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Today's Price
£625

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £90

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
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  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Pashley Manor Gardens
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • 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
21 April 2022 BWCP220421 21 April 2022 (Thursday) 24 April 2022 (Sunday) £595
(ex. flights)
£100 £90 Book your trip
1 September 2022 BWCP220901 1 September 2022 (Thursday) 4 September 2022 (Sunday) £625
(ex. flights)
£100 £90 Book your trip
9 September 2022 BWCP220909 9 September 2022 (Friday) 12 September 2022 (Monday) £625
(ex. flights)
£100 £90 Book your trip
6 October 2022 BWCP221006 6 October 2022 (Thursday) 9 October 2022 (Sunday) £625
(ex. flights)
£100 £90 Book your trip
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