Step into the “Garden of England” as we travel to Kent, home to Victorian architecture and classic Edwardian resorts.
On this break we have included entrances to Dover Castle and Pashley Manor – where you can enjoy the delights of spring at the splendid Tulip Festival, as well as a tour and tasting at the award-winning Chapel Down Vineyard.
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – Following a leisurely drive South, we arrive at our hotel in Hythe in Kent and enjoy a welcome drink.
Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to nearby Pashley Manor, described as “one of the finest gardens in England.” During this time, the spectacular Tulip Festival will be taking place and sees the garden carpeted with over 30,000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. Later this afternoon we visit Chapel Down vineyard, where we have arranged a guided tour followed by a tutored tasting of the award-winning sparkling and still wines.
Day 3 – We spend free time in Hythe, this small coastal market town is considered to be one of the coastal jewels in the Kentish crown and is home to medieval and Georgian buildings as well as an impressive Victorian seafront promenade.
Day 4 – Our first stop today is Folkestone where there is enough time to enjoy a light lunch, or perhaps visit the National Memorial to the Few, the memorial is free to visit and is dedicated to the heroic and selfless deeds of the men who fought the Battle of Britain. Afterwards, we take you to Dover Castle, where we have included admission. Known as the ‘Key to England’, this great fortress has played a crucial role in the defence of the realm for over nine centuries.
Day 5 – We finish our holiday with free time at the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells before returning home to the midlands.
Stade Court Hotel ***, Hythe
Located opposite Hythe beaches, the Stade Court Hotel offers a terrace which overlooks the English Channel and the restaurant features local ingredients including fish caught just 200 yards away.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Hotel entertainment on 2 nights
Excursions to Folkestone & Royal Tunbridge Wells
Entrances to Dover Castle & Pashley Manor
Tour & tasting at Chapel Down Vineyard
SKILLS REF: LBKC
DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP
Mon 30 Apr 5 £439 £80