Kentish Heritage Tour
The beautiful county of Kent, known as the Garden of England, with its stunning gardens, fairytale castles and quirky oast houses.
Tour highlights include:
- Rochester, boasting one of the finest keeps in the country, the Victorian High Street and Charles Dickens Centre.
- 13th Century Hever Castle, a picture-book castle with moat, drawbridge, maze, lake and beautiful gardens.
- Georgian Royal Tunbridge Wells, with the colonnaded Pantiles, picturesque High Street, unique boutiques, tea rooms, antique shops and cafes and the famous Chalybeate Spring.
- Charming Rye with its beautiful cobbled streets and the Romney marshes, home to 13 medieval churches.
- Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover.
- The medieval walled city of Canterbury and the Cathedral, including the site of Thomas Becket's martyrdom and the effigy of the Black Prince.
- Leeds Castle, a favourite country retreat of medieval queens and King Henry VIII, standing on an island and surrounded by lovely parkland.
- Penshurst Place, one of England's greatest ancestral manor houses, standing in charming Penshurst village.
- Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, beautiful home of the author and poet, Vita Sackville-West, where the stunning and imaginative gardens and flowers reflect her writings.
Photographs: Main image: Bluebells in the woodland at Sissinghurst Castle Garden ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley; shopping on The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells ©VisitBritain/Daniel Bosworth; Leeds Castle ©VisitBritain/Craig Easton.