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Canterbury & The Garden of England


Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways

5 days Sold out

2020 Tour code: 20GKS

About the tour

Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways. Discover cities steeped in rich history, and the picturesque gardens which have earned the area the nickname 'the garden of England.'


What’s included


Day 1 - Canterbury

Your tour begins in Canterbury, where you meet your Tour Manager at the 3* Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, set within 2 acres of landscaped gardens just a short distance from the centre of the city.

  • Dinner
Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, Canterbury
Day 2 - Explore Canterbury

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

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Canterbury Cathedral
Day 3 - Great Dixter House & Gardens

Today visit Great Dixter house and gardens, the family home of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd, OBE. Enjoy a tour of the great tiled and timbered house, built in the Middle Ages, its renowned gardens were designed by noted architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. This afternoon, you take a journey on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway through the picturesque scenery of High Weald. A delicious cream tea is served at your seat.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Great Dixter House
Day 4 - Sheffield Park & the Bluebell Railway

This morning, visit Sheffield Park and Gardens, a beautiful landscaped park and woodland which has been cultivated over the years by each owner, including Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Take a journey along the Bluebell Railway, a well-preserved heritage line which runs vintage steam locomotives. The afternoon is free to explore the gardens at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sheffield Park and Gardens
Day 5 - Homeward bound

Today, you are free to depart at your leisure. Perhaps, before heading home, explore more of the stately homes and gardens which give this area the reputation as being the Garden of England.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Best Western Abbots Barton, Canterbury

Best Western Abbots Barton, Canterbury

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Canterbury & The Garden of England

Explore this beautiful region from its charming steam railways


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