Kent has played a significant role in Britain’s maritime history over the centuries and during the dark days of World War 2 the ‘Garden of England’, found itself at the forefront of wartime activities. Join us on this new break witnessing the nostalgia of the era. We include visits to Dover Castle, the Battle of Britain Memorial atop the famous White Cliffs and a steam train ride. Our base is the wellknown resort of Folkestone.
The stylish Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel has a superb location in a pleasant area close to the seafront in Folkestone and has undergone extensive refurbishment in 2017. The hotel has a very modern feel and offers friendly, excellent service. All of the en-suite bedrooms are bright and airy, whilst the restaurant is modern in style. There are two bars and lifts serve all floors.
Monday From your front door to the waiting coach for the drive south to Kent. Our first visit is to Broadstairs, a wonderful mixture of Victorian architecture, hidden cobbled squares and sandy beaches. Later we spend time delightful Sandwich, noted for its maze of narrow streets and medieval buildings before continuing south and arriving at the Burlington Hotel late afternoon for a welcoming tea or coffee.
Tuesday We enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we depart for the famous White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle. The castle, sited here since Roman times to look out over the channel, played a vital role in WW2. The secret tunnels beneath the white cliffs were the heart of the operation to evacuate Dunkirk. There is an underground hospital where you can experience the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the Second World War hospital with its operating theatre. Above ground we find the museum of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment. After time to look around we make our way to The Battle of Britain Memorial which is located in a peaceful spot, offering views across the Channel. We return to the hotel late afternoon with time to relax before dinner.
Wednesday This morning we visit the picturesque market town of Tenterden. After time to explore we board the Kent & East Sussex Railway for a steam train ride through delightful scenic countryside to Bodiam. On our return we enjoy an included before rejoining the coach in Tenterden for the drive back to our hotel.
Thursday A morning drive along the coast to New Romney then across Walland Marsh to the lovely Cinque Port of Rye. We have time to wander this busy little town and perhaps visit the weekly market before we re-join the coach. Our return includes time in Hythe before our final evening at our hotel.
Friday A leisurely breakfast at the hotel before we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home. We drive across Kent through picturesque villages to spend time in the popular and historic resort of Whitstable. Mid-afternoon we complete our journey as we arrive on our home areas after a memorable holiday in Folkestone.
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