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Tour Suggestions - South-East England

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Come with us to Canterbury Cathedral, one of England’s finest ancient churches. Or how about a visit to Hever Castle, once the residence of Anne Boleyn then on to nearby Chartwell, home to Winston Churchill. Kent is famous for its gardens, so let a Blue Badge Driver Guide show you Sissinghurst and Penshurst, a great idea for a summer day out.

Dover and Canterbury Cathedral

Dover Castle sits atop the White Cliffs of Dover, beside a Roman lighthouse and a church with Saxon origins. Explore the magnificent medieval castle keep of King Henry II or follow in the footsteps of a wounded Battle of Britain pilot in the secret underground tunnels.
Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of the worldwide Anglican faith, was founded by St Augustine in 6thc and is the place where Thomas Beckett was murdered in 1170. It houses wonderful stained glass, some of which dates back to 12thc.

Dover Castle

Canterbury and Leeds Castle

Canterbury is an interesting town to explore with many medieval buildings and even a Roman museum. There is much more than just a Cathedral.
Leeds Castle was a Norman fortress before becoming a medieval palace for England’s queens. It was totally restored in the early 20thc and is still used today. The 500 acre park has gardens, a duckery, a maze, an endangered species aviary and many special events.

Canterbury - crooked house

Hever Castle and Chartwell

This day is a chance to see two very different types of home, both used by important statesmen. Hever Castle dates back to 1270 and was the Boleyn family home, visited by King Henry VIII. There are wonderful gardens, including a maze.
Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death. It gives a good idea of Churchill’s life and the studio is full of his paintings.
Hever Castle

Sissinghurst and Great Dixter

A chance to visit two world-famous gardens in one day: Sissinghurst which was created by the husband and wife team of Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson in the early 20thc, plus the gardens of Great Dixter, which surround the 15thc medieval timber-framed house where Christopher Lloyd was born.
There are many other gardens in the surrounding area.

Sissinghurst gardens

Gardens of Kent and Sussex

Penshurst Place is still the family home of Viscount De L’Isle and the gardens have been developed since 1500s. There is a wonderful Baron’s Hall dating from 1341. Penshurst Place was used in the film “The Other Boleyn Girl”.
Scotney Castle is a 14thc moated ruin in the centre of a garden in the picturesque style. Try and find the Ice House.
Pashley Manor is a family home with an award winning garden which is still evolving.
Penshurst Place

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