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Castles and Gardens of Kent

Leeds Castle

Mon 22 August - Fri 26 August: A54 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Kent with Jones Holidays

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CASTLES & GARDENS OF KENT

 

22 – 26 August 2022

Monday – Friday

5 Days

From £469

 

Kent is renowned for being the Garden of England, rich in culture and historical heritage.  We discover fine gardens and imposing castles as we explore this corner of England’s Green and Pleasant Land.

 

 

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Leeds Castle   |   Canterbury   |   Royal Tunbridge Wells   |   Great Dixter   |    Sissinghurst Castle & Garden

 

DAY ONE – Arrival

We depart from your home and travel south to Kent and our hotel just outside Maidstone, set in scenic countryside.

 

DAY TWO – Leeds Castle & Canterbury

After a leisurely breakfast we take the short journey to Leeds Castle, said to be ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’  The castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

We’ll then travel to Canterbury where we have some free time to wander around this historic city. Canterbury is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Canterbury Cathedral, with its stunning mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic architecture, the modest Church of St Martin (the oldest church in the English-speaking world) and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, once a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent.

 

DAY THREE – Royal Tunbridge Wells & Great Dixter

This morning we’ll visit Royal Tunbidge Wells before our afternoon visit to Great Dixter House & Gardens. This historic Tudor house has a Great Hall that dates to the 15th century and exceptional gardens. Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

 

DAY FOUR – Sissinghurst Castle & Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. Today we have a relaxing stroll around the castle and gardens and explore its fascinating history, a refuge dedicated to beauty.

This afternoon we’ll head back to our hotel with time to relax before dinner this evening.

 

DAY FIVE – Departure

After breakfast this morning we leave our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en route.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick-up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Porterage

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • Tea/coffee after dinner each evening

  • Free use of the hotel leisure facilities

  • Admission to Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

  • Admission to Leeds Castle

  • Admission to Great Dixter.

 

MERCURE MAIDSTONE GREAT DANES HOTEL, MAIDSTONE

Set in scenic countryside next to the famous Leeds Castle, this Kent hotel has tennis, golf, a health club, gym and swimming pool; and it’s one of the finest spa hotels Kent offers.

 

 

DAY ONE

We depart from your home and travel south to Kent and our hotel just outside Maidstone, set in scenic countryside.

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DAY TWO

After a leisurely breakfast we take the short journey to Leeds Castle, said to be 'The Loveliest Castle in the World' The castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England's medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
We'll then travel to Canterbury where we have some free time to wander around this historical city. Canterbury is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Canterbury Cathedral, with its stunning mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic architecture, the modest Church of St Martin (the oldest church in the English-speaking world) and the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, once a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent.

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DAY THREE

This morning we'll visit Royal Tunbidge Wells before our afternoon visit Great Dixter House & Gardens. This historic Tudor house has a Great Hal that dates to the 15th century and exceptional gardens. Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd - it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

B, D

DAY FOUR

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women's land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. Today we have a relaxing stroll around the castle and gardens and explore it fascinating history, a refuge dedicated to beauty.
This afternoon we'll head back to our hotel with time to relax before dinner this evening.

B, D

DAY FIVE

After breakfast this morning we leave our hotel and make our journey home with comfort stops en route.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick-up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Porterage

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • Tea/coffee after dinner each evening

  • Free use of the hotel leisure facilities

  • Admission to Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

  • Admission to Leeds Castle

  • Admission to Great Dixter.

 

MERCURE MAIDSTONE GREAT DANES HOTEL, MAIDSTONE

Set in scenic countryside next to the famous Leeds Castle, this Kent hotel has tennis, golf, a health club, gym and swimming pool, it’s one of the finest spa hotels Kent offers.

 

DAYS

TOUR DATE

DEPARTS

TERMS

SUPPLEMENT

5

22 – 26 AUG 2022

MONDAY

£469

£146 SINGLE



 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to the tour single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply. Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door-to-door pick-up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change. Covid-19 restrictions may apply. When making bookings you accept on behalf of yourself and your party the terms in our Trading Charter which can be found in our brochure, on our website at http://www.jonesholidays.co.uk/Jones-holidays-trading-charter, or a copy can be requested from our Sales office. If your holiday is more than 56 days from departure, we offer a 7-day cooling off period where a full refund will be offered from the date of the initial confirmation invoice (with the exception of flight holidays).

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