Known as the ‘Garden of England’, Kent is a county of many contrasts from historic Canterbury with its famous Cathedral to the historic naval dockyard and the marshlands of the south.
This delightful hotel offers much character with its ideal location and pretty courtyard. Each of the 100 bedrooms are equipped with en-suite facilities, a TV, internet access, trouser press or ironing facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and a telephone. The hotel has a lift.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the journey south. After crossing the River Thames continuing on to our holiday hotel.
Tuesday After breakfast we have the delightful drive to Faversham, nestling between the gentle sloping Downs and the North Kent marshes. Faversham is one of England’s most charming towns with over 475 listed buildings and a good selection of independent shops. We have time to explore and obtain lunch before continuing to historic Canterbury. The City is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral which is now a World Heritage Site and the very compact city centre is best explored on foot or horse drawn carriage. There is a maze of intriguing side streets with a rich variety of specialist shops, welcoming cafes and pubs in which to relax.
Wednesday This morning we head for southern Kent and the land of mysterious marshes and smugglers. First we stop at New Romney, a Cinque Port since 1155, the Great Storm of 1287 changed the course of the River Rother and made New Romney an inland town. We then drive to Lydd where in the 18th and 19th centuries the town was notorious for the activities of ‘owlers’ (local smugglers hooting to each other at dead of night). Have a look around All Saints Church, also known as ‘The Cathedral of the Marsh’ which has a soaring 132ft tower and at 199ft, it is Kent’s longest church and some parts of it date back to Roman times! As we head inland we spot the tower of St Mildred’s Church at Tenterden where Horatio, Lord Nelson’s daughter, was once the vicar’s wife. Known as the ‘Jewel in the Weald’ the town makes an ideal place to finish the day before we return to our hotel for dinner.
Thursday Our final day’s excursion takes us first to Chatham and the famous Historic Naval Dockyard. This vast maritime heritage site offers the visitor much to see with an abundance of historic buildings which date back from 1704 including three warships, dry socks and the Royal Dockyard Museum. This afternoon we visit the City of Rochester with its magnificent Cathedral and historic castle. Take a stroll along High Street and explore the old town and cobbled streets. We return to our hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday After breakfast we depart after a relaxing Kentish break and head home to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG