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Canterbury & the Railways of Kent

(Tour code: CKS17)Enjoy South East England's picturesque scenery by rail

Known as the 'Garden of England', Kent boasts beautiful countryside and a wealth of historic sites. Experience the muchloved Churchill family home, Chartwell, two vintage steam railways, and the old-world city of Canterbury.

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Tour Highlights
  • Canterbury
  • The Bluebell Railway
  • Chartwell House
  • The Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Leeds Castle
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Canterbury Cathedral
Day 1

Arrive in Canterbury

Meet at the aBode Hotel in Canterbury today, where your Tour Manager is waiting to greet you. After settling in, take a walk and familiarise yourself with your beautiful surroundings before dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Includes:
  • Dinner
St Augustines Abbey
Day 2

A guided walking tour of Canterbury

This morning we discover Canterbury's rich history with a guided walking tour of some of its main sights, such as the atmospheric monastery ruins and the famous King's School. Canterbury's centre is remarkably well preserved, with the remains of its 14th century city wall and great examples of half-timbered buildings. Your afternoon is then free for you to explore at your own pace. Be sure to visit the stunning cathedral, the city's major landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perhaps also take in the Canterbury Tales exhibition, which recreates 14th century England through Geoffrey Chaucer's famous narrative.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Canterbury
Bluebell Railway
Day 3

The Bluebell Railway and Chartwell

Today we enjoy a nostalgic steam-hauled journey on the preserved Bluebell Railway through the glorious, flowerfilled Sussex countryside. The railway was England's first heritage line and remains one of its most popular, thanks in no small part to the wonderful scenery it passes. We continue by coach to Chartwell, where Winston Churchill lived from 1924 until his death in 1965. Filled with treasures, the house also features a studio where he painted.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Kent & East Sussex Railway
Day 4

A steam journey and Leeds Castle

We travel by coach to Tenterden, where we join the Kent & East Sussex Railway for an exciting journey through the picturesque Rother Valley. The heritage railway's stations have been lovingly restored to look as they would when they opened in 1900, which adds to the charm of the area's appealing scenery. We then visit historic Leeds Castle. Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning castle gardens.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Leeds Castle
Canterbury
Day 5

Homeward bound

After breakfast our tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
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