Kent is rightfully called the Garden of England. Inside its sea-lined borders you will find a beautiful landscape of gentle hills, farms and fruitful orchards. It also serves as the booze garden of England, producing the famous Kent hops, country’s finest ales and award winning wines. There are beautiful coastal stretches dotted with beaches, small towns and villages. We will start out trip visiting Canterbury.
Day 1: Canterbury - Dover - Rye
Canterbury is one of southern England’s top attractions. Canterbury Cathedral dominates its centre and considered by many to be one of the Europe’s finest locations. The town’s narrow medieval alleyways, riverside gardens and ancient city walls are absolutely wonderful to explore as well. But also the Canterbury is a spirited and lively place with its huge student population, sporting a great selection of bars, restaurants and art.
Canterbury’s history is very rich. Since AD 200 as a Roman town, which later became the capital of the Saxon kingdom of Kent. When St Augustine arrived to England in 597 to carry the Christian message to the pagan hordes , he choose Canterbury as his primary seat and set about building an abbey . Following the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Canterbury became a most important centre of pilgrimage. The city of Canterbury still remains the primary seat for the Church of England. After viewing this historical beauty we will be on the way to Rye and Dover.
The Dover port's vital strategic position, so close to mainland Europe, gave rise to the sprawling hilltop Dover castle, with some 2000 years of history to its credit. This multilayered castle has played many roles in the defence of the British Isles since 1198 when the first keep was built by Henry II on the site of an Anglo-Saxon fortress. Dover Castle is one of the most impressive in England, was built to bolster the country’s weakest point at this, the shortest sea-crossing to mainland Europe. It sprawls across the city’s hilltop, commanding a tremendous view of the English Channel, imposingly eyeing the French coastline.
If you are looking for the best example of a medieval settlement, look no further than Rye, described by many as the most attractive smaller town in England. Even the most hardened cynic can’t fail to be bewitched by Rye’s cobbled lanes, mysterious passageways and crooked Tudor buildings. Romantics can lap up the townsfolk’s tales of resident smuggles, ghosts, writers and artists.
A short walk from the Rye Heritage Centre and you will see the famous Mermaid Street, bristling with 15th century timber-framed houses with quirky house names like “The House with Two Front Doors”. You will see the famous Mermaid Inn dating from 1420. If you will stay for a night at this place you are likely to spot a celeb or a royal as the resident ghost. In Rye we will stay for a night in the hotel of the chosen category and will have a walk around the town in the evening.
Day 2: Battle - Hastings - Brighton
After the night at the hotel and an always welcome traditional English breakfast we will, literally, take you to Battle. This small village grew up around the spot where invading French Duke William of Normandy, aka William the Conqueror, scored a decisive victory over local King Harold in 1066, so beginning Norman rule and changing the face of the country forever. If there'd been no battle, there'd be no Battle, as local people sometimes say.
On this spot raged the pivotal battle of the last successful invasion of England in 1066. Four years later the Normans began constructing an abbey in the middle of the battlefield, a penance ordered by the Pope for the loss of life incurred here. Only the foundations of the original church remain, the altar’s position marked by plague – also supposedly the spot England’s King Harold infamously took an arrow in his eye. Other impressive monastic buildings survive and make for atmospheric explorations.
Take a trip to Bodiam Castle . It magically sparks your desire to see a fire breathing dragon appear or a golden-haired princess in distress lean over its walls. It is the legacy of the 14th century soldiers of fortune (the polite term for knights who slaughtered and pillaged their way throughout France) Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, who married the local heiress and set about building a castle to make sure everybody knew who was the boss. We will then depart to Hastings...
We can visit The Fishermen’s museum, Blue Reef Aquarium, West Hill Cliff Railway, Hastings Castle.
Forever associated with the Norman invasion of 1066, even though the crucial events took place 6 miles away, Hastings thrived as a Cinque Port, and in its Victorian heyday was one of the country’s most fashionable seaside resorts. Hastings last hit the news in October 2010 when the Victorian pier burnt down following an alleged arson attack. The illustrious ballroom at the end of the pier, where groups like the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones once performed, was then completely destroyed.
Brighton. Raves on the beach, Rockers in bank holiday fisticuffs, hens and stags on naughty weekends, classic car runs from London, and last but not least, the UK’s biggest gay scene and the Channel’s best clubbing – this city by the sea evokes many images among the British, but one thing is for certain: is where England’s seaside experience goes from cold to cool.
With it’s bohemian atmosphere and reputation for free thinking, lesbian and gay Brighton has long been considered the UK’s Gay Capital. Brighton has one of the most popular Pride Festival in the UK and is one of the top destinations for Civil partnership ceremonies.
Brighton rocks all year round , but really comes to life during the summer months, when tourists and language students keenly explore the city’s legendary nightlife, summer festivals and multitude of trendy restaurants, boutique hotels and shops, pour into the city.
Walk along Brighton Pier (www. Brightonpier.co.uk). This grand old centenarian pier, full of glorious gaudiness, is the place to experience the tackier side of Brighton. There are plenty of fairground rides and amusements arcades to keep you amused.
Look west and you will see the sad remains of the West Pier, a skeletal iron hulk that attracts flocks of birds at sunset. It’s sad end for a Victorian marvel upon which the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel once performed.
DEPARTURE TO LONDON:
The trip includes: transfer, hotel of chosen category with traditional English Breakfast, guide services and a lots of fun along the way is certainly guaranteed.