4 days

From £595


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

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Linda Robinson

Tour Manager

Linda Robinson has been an Tour Manager for almost 20 years, leading cultural, walking and wildlife tours. Through her travels she discovered the joy of plants, particularly when seen in their natural habitats. Keen to learn more, she recently graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture.

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Pashley Manor Gardens

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Tothill St, Westminster
0845 1615
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.

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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
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15 September 2020 BWCP200915 15 September 2020 (Tuesday) 18 September 2020 (Friday) Linda Robinson £595
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10 June 2021 BWCP210610 10 June 2021 (Thursday) 13 June 2021 (Sunday) Linda Robinson £595
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£90 £545
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9 September 2021 BWCP210909 9 September 2021 (Thursday) 12 September 2021 (Sunday) Linda Robinson £595
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