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Canterbury & The Garden of England

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(Tour code: 20GKS)

Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways

Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways. Discover cities steeped in rich history, and the picturesque gardens which have earned the area the nickname 'the garden of England.'

Highlights
  • Canterbury
  • Great Dixter House & Gardens
  • Journey on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway
  • Sheffield Park and Gardens
  • Journey on the Bluebell Railway
What’s Included
  • Journey on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway
    Journey on the Bluebell Railway
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals

Canterbury & The Garden of England 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, Canterbury
Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, Canterbury

Canterbury

Your tour begins in Canterbury, where you meet your Tour Manager at the 3* Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, set within 2 acres of landscaped gardens just a short distance from the centre of the city.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral

Explore Canterbury

This morning you discover Canterbury's rich history on a guided walking tour of some of its main sights, such as the atmospheric monastery ruins and King's School, the oldest extant school in the world. Canterbury's centre is remarkably well preserved, with the remains of its medieval city wall and great examples of half-timbered buildings. Your afternoon is free to explore at your own pace. You could visit the stunning cathedral, the city's major landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, or take in the Canterbury Tales exhibition, which recreates 14th-century England through Geoffrey Chaucer's famous narrative.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Great Dixter House
Great Dixter House

Great Dixter House & Gardens

Today visit Great Dixter house and gardens, the family home of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd, OBE. Enjoy a tour of the great tiled and timbered house, built in the Middle Ages, its renowned gardens were designed by noted architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. This afternoon, you take a journey on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway through the picturesque scenery of High Weald. A delicious cream tea is served at your seat.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Sheffield Park and Gardens
Sheffield Park and Gardens

Sheffield Park & the Bluebell Railway

This morning, visit Sheffield Park and Gardens, a beautiful landscaped park and woodland which has been cultivated over the years by each owner, including Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Take a journey along the Bluebell Railway, a well-preserved heritage line which runs vintage steam locomotives. The afternoon is free to explore the gardens at your own pace.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Canterbury
Canterbury

Homeward bound

Today, you are free to depart at your leisure. Perhaps, before heading home, explore more of the stately homes and gardens which give this area the reputation as being the Garden of England.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner each day
  • Guided tour of Canterbury
  • Visit Great Dixter House & Gardens
  • Journey on the Kent and East Sussex Railway
  • Journey on the Bluebell Railway
  • Explore Sheffield Park and Gardens

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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Helen
Luke Simpson
Luke
Canterbury & The Garden of England

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