Kent, known as the ‘Garden of England’, is a county of many contrasts from historic Canterbury with its famous Cathedral to the historic naval dockyard to the marshlands of the south.
The 4 star Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone, is set in 26 acres of private grounds, with an extensive Health and Leisure Club which includes an indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. All bedrooms are en-suite and have television, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Public rooms include a restaurant, bar and lounge. 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 we drive the distance to arrive at the Mercure Great Danes hotel where tea/coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.
Tuesday After breakfast we have the delightful drive to Faversham, nestling between the rural gently sloping Downs and the austere 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 the town and have lunch. From here we continue 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 and 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. Take 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! Now on to Tenterden, 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 docks 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.
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