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Kent's Heritage Coast

Kent's Heritage Coast

Kent's coastal castles and iconic cliifs, The Battle of Britain legacy and inland the jewel in the crown - the beautiful city of Canterbury.


Kent's coastal castles and iconic cliifs, The Battle of Britain legacy and inland the jewel in the crown - the beautiful city of Canterbury.

Kent’s Heritage Coast is home to stunning sandy beaches, iconic chalk cliff faces, areas of outstanding natural beauty rich in wildlife and a whole host of ancient sites. Kent's coastal castles have always been the nation’s first line of defence, guarding our shores for 20 centuries. The Battle of Britain focussed action in the skies over Kent and museums and memorials offer a fascinating look into life during the 1940s. Head a little inland to discover the jewel in Kent’s crown – the ancient and beautiful city of Canterbury whose 11th century cathedral dominates the skyline and is surrounded by gorgeous medieval streets.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset we drive along the South Coast past Chichester and Brighton to stop in Lewes, the quirky ancient town overlooked by its castle. After time for lunch and sightseeing continue to our hotel near Ashford.

Tuesday - Morning to the historic Cinque Port of Hythe with its Victorian promenade and beautiful beachfront giving stunning views of the English Channel. Later we shall join a nostalgic journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway "Kent's Mainline in Miniature" - 2½ hours roundtrip to the unique shingle headland at Dungeness. Continuing into neighbouring East Sussex we shall call into the picturesque town of Rye, with its cobbled streets and historic buildings.

Wednesday - Head to the ancient city of Canterbury with its atmospheric old streets, medieval walls and stunning cathedral, now a World Heritage Site. A city where great stories are told from the bloody history of its religious sites to the mead-soaked tales from pioneering pilgrims. Later we make our way to the Cinque Port of Sandwich - the most complete medieval town in England, idyllic, rustic and a true hidden gem. A knowledgeable local guide will lead a short walking tour and regale us with stories, facts and history.

Thursday - Head to White Cliffs Country and discover 2000 years of history at Dover Castle. A defensive fortification since 800BC and playing a pivotal role in 2 World Wars it hosts lavish palace rooms, a WW2 hospital, the fire command post, massive battlements, museums, exhibitions and the secret wartime tunnels. Later we call into the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, dedicated to the heroic and selfless deeds of the men who won the battle of Britain in 1940.

Friday - We head homewards, calling into Guildford where lunch can be sourced on the attractive High Street. Return to Dorset late that afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

International Hotel, Ashford.

Your 4 star escape in the heart of the Kent countryside perfectly situated for exploring the highlights of England’s gateway county. 179 contemporary bedrooms with luxurious touches to ensure a comfortable stay. All are equipped with private bathroom including free toiletries and hairdryer, television, phone, tea tray, iron, seating and free wifi. The brasserie style restaurant provides a range of meals using local ingredients and the Quench Bar is a great place to socialise and enjoy a drink. There are plenty of ground floor rooms and a lift serves the upper 2 floors. Guests are welcome to use the extensive leisure facilities which includes an indoor pool, sauna and spa treatments (extra).


Tour Price: £529.00 Per Person.

Single room supplement: £130.00


Includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Porterage, RH&D Railway Fare, Sandwich guided walk, Entry to Dover Castle & Tunnels, Entry to Memorial to the Few.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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