At just over 30 minutes from London Kent is the gateway to England. With a rich history of repelling invaders from Europe, the birth of English Christianity, it’s an area not to be missed. Castles and gardens abound and the history from World War II will stir the soul. We have selected fantastic walking and cycling routes throughout the region to make our tours of Kent an experience you wont forget.
From the founding of St Augustine’s in the 6th Century, Canterbury has been the centre of Christianity ever since. Guests on our Kent walking and cycling tours marvel at Canterbury Cathedral and immerse themselves in the stories from Dover Castle and the famous white cliffs during the dramatic coastline walks, standing guard at the gateway of England for 1000 years.
We head to the home of Winston Churchill at Chartwell, see the sites of the Battle of Britain and wonder at the civilian heroism at Dunkirk. We also visit a number of stunning castles, from the American inspired Leeds Castle through to the home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. The gardens at Chartwell, tended by Churchill’s wife Clementine, the stunning Sissinghurst gardens and world-renowned vineyards at Biddenden (yes really!) are all on the itinerary.
As well as all the historic landmarks in Kent, there are cultural features unique to Britain to also witness. Experience village walks through the countryside and visit other places of note include the Cinque Ports, Deal and Sandwich and the Turner Gallery in Margate.
With our partners in the Kent we offer charming and high-quality accommodation in the heart of the county including Canterbury and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells.
With 1500 years of history Kent is everything you would expect from historic England and more! Friends and memories are made for life in the wonderful, atmospheric landscape.
Below are a few quickfire questions and answers on Kent, England.
Kent is to the south-east of London, a gorgeous lowland county with a long coastline. Rural Kent has long been known as the ‘Garden of England’ for its orchards and vineyards. It is one of the top coastline walking destinations as its bordering the English Channel and North Sea.
We visit Kent’s most iconic places, including Canterbury and its Cathedral, and staying within its grounds. Kent is famous for its historic coastline; its trading and raiding history stems back to the Norman conquest, and the coast is dotted with castles, including Dover Castle, over the White Cliffs of Dover, and Leeds Castle, approaching 1000 years old! Kent is also famous for its vineyards and its award-winning white and sparkling wines.
Dorset has a mild climate, with July being its hottest month with an average high of 21 degrees Celsius. Because of its coastline and southern location, Kent is often warmer than other parts of the UK; this has been vital to the success of its orchards and vineyards.
Cycle through 1500 years of England’s History along the Kent coast and along its inland tracks and paths. From the birthplace of English Christianity and Canterbury Cathedral, to Churchill’s home at Chartwell. Castles galore with Dover Castle on the White Cliffs, Hever, home to Anne Boleyn, and the American inspired Leeds Castle. Gardens abound with Sissinghurst and England’s best vineyards!
Walk through 1500 years of England’s History along the Kent coast. From the birthplace of English Christianity and Canterbury Cathedral, to Churchill’s home at Chartwell. Castles galore with Dover Castle on the White Cliffs, Hever, home to Anne Boleyn, and the American inspired Leeds Castle. Gardens abound with Sissinghurst and England’s best vineyards!