Kent Castles, Gardens & Coastline
3 day tour

  • White Cliffs of Dover
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Sissinghurst Castle
  • Leeds Castle

A magnificent exploration of the architecture, flavours, and history of the 'Garden of England'.

Tour map

Highlights

Castles
Cathedrals

Places you'll explore


North Downs - This chalk ridge offers excellent views and splendid trails.

Leeds Castle - Sitting on an island in the centre of a lake, this impressive castle has played host to many important moments in history.

Canterbury Cathedral - Follow the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you immerse yourself in the spiritual home of Christianity in England.

White Cliffs of Dover - Look out from the white chalk cliffs across the English Channel to continental France.

Whitstable Oysters - Enjoy one of the Roman Empire’s most decadent delicacies in a charming fishing town.

The Cinque Port of Rye - A town that bastioned against Napoleonic invasion and is full of old smuggling tales.

Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens - Known by horticulturalists for its magnificent gardens in the shadow of a Tudor Hunting Tower


Your journey


England is an expert in luxury.

Its palaces have rooms larger than a small zoo. Its gardens have plants rarer than a blue moon. And its royal dinner menus have more courses than you would usually eat in a week.

So, on this tour, we let you discover the extravagant side of England.

You survey the gorgeous grounds surrounding ancient castles, climb the internal heights of a spectacular cathedral, and look across to France from the White Cliffs of Dover.

What’s more, ’foodies’ can sample local English wines and fresh oysters, whilst history lovers can learn tales of treacherous kings and queens.

So, join this leisurely tour and discover the luxurious and beautiful attractions of South East England.


Tour Details

Departs
09.15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Returns
19.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Marvel at the stunning Leeds Castle, known as “the loveliest castle in the world”.
  • Walk along the path of pilgrims past, as you explore the intricate beauty of the holy site of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Sample a British delicacy in the small fishing town of Whitstable, the Whitstable oyster

Departing London, you head southeast close to the route of the ancient Roman Watling Street, the connecting route that ran from London to Dover and ultimately to Rome itself.

You head to the astonishing Leeds Castle. Set in majestic parkland and built partially upon an island on the River Len, this is one of the most elegant castles and antiquated palaces in the world.

After taking in the beauty of this ancient structure, we spend time in the fishing port of Whitstable, one of the best places in England to sample locally-sourced Oysters. Try them and you’ll understand why the Romans used to import them back to the heart of their empire

In the late afternoon, you take the short drive inland to the Cathedral town of Canterbury, our base for the next two days.

Day 2

  • Stroll the superb chalk majesty of the White Cliffs of Dover and look out over the English Channel
  • Survey the Tudor fortifications and castles in the towns of Walmer and Deal
  • Wander the unique town of Sandwich, a settlement left high and dry by the strength of nature

Leaving Canterbury behind, you head towards the Kent coast. You drive the short distance to the port town of Dover, then take a stroll along the world famous White Cliffs of Dover.

You stop for scenic views before heading to the historical site where Louis Bleriot landed the first cross-Channel flight in 1909.

Travelling north along the coast, you make stops in Walmer and Deal, two coastal towns that sit close to one another, and where Julius Caesar first landed in Britain in 55BC. You have the option to visit Deal Castle or Walmer Castle, ramble along the pier at Deal, or simply relax at one of the fine beach front restaurants and bars.

After a restorative lunch, you continue towards Sandwich, a distinctive town that lay on the shores of the English Channel until the Great Stour river silted up the marshlands around it and stranded Sandwich inland.

Lastly, you head back to Canterbury, where you have time to explore the town a little further.

Day 3

  • Take in the medieval town of Rye, a fascinating maze of narrow lanes and passages
  • Explore the gardens of Sissinghurst Castle, famed as a hunting tower in the 16th century

Leaving Canterbury and heading South, you make for Rye. Now landlocked two miles from the English Channel, Rye was once home to a rogue’s gallery of smugglers, raconteurs, royalty, and writers. Getting lost in its winding lanes and narrow passages was the appeal for them, a charming sentiment that you can share.

Continuing on, you head to the beautiful 16th century hunting tower of Sissinghurst Castle, known for its impressive grounds and formal gardens. A former prison during the Seven Years’ War, you can feel the stories of years past within its powerful walls. Wander the vibrant gardens, designed by poet Vita Sackville-West and considered the finest in England, with views across the Weald of Kent to the North Downs.

From here, you begin your journey back to London via the ancient Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, where you can sample the health giving waters of the Chalybeate Spring (Easter to September only). We arrive back at Greenlines coach station in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful Kent

Judy Hayes Posted on 23/05/2017

I just completed the tour with Guide Kevin and trainee Dean. There were 10 of us on the tour, all Aussies and Canadians. We packed a lot into 3 days, and the scenery was so beautiful. Leeds Castle on a cloudy rainy day was still amazing. Highlights for me were Leeds Castle, the little village of Rye - stepping back in time, complete with Roman road bits, and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Accommodation in Canterbury was very good. I took a lot of great photos, and some of them will become paintings. Ive already booked my second Rabbies tour in August - this time to Scotland. The Outlander Tour. Jude

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Canterbury.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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