Join our Kent tours from London and discover beautiful scenery and iconic history. Travel in a small-group on a comfortable minibus, in the company of a knowledgable driver-guide. Pass through glorious countryside and charming villages, visit the historic sites of Canterbury Cathedral & Dover castle, and gaze out over the famous White Cliffs…
One of the most recognisable sights in Britain, absorb the views over the famous White Cliffs.
Spend time in this historic city, and visit the most senior church in England, Canterbury Cathedral.
Discover the story of the castle, and the crucial role it played during the Second World War.
Located in the south-easternmost corner of England, it is thought that the name Kent means ‘border’; deriving from the Celtic community who first inhabited the region. In 55bc and 54bc, Julius Caesar made attempts to invade Britain and on both occasions landed in Kent. Although both attempts were unsuccessful, Caesar described the local people as ‘The most civilised of all the Celts’. Then, less than a century later, the mighty Roman army arrived on the beaches of Kent to invade Britain, and begin an occupation that went on to span nearly four hundred years.
Kent was again the setting for another iconic event in British history; the Battle of Hastings, in 1066. Duke William of Normandy had set sail across the channel from France with the aim of conquering Britain. Upon landing they were met by an English army led by King Harold, and a bloody battle ensued at Hastings which saw Harold killed and the Normans victorious. Keen to claim the throne, William moved quickly through Kent, via Dover and Canterbury, before travelling north to London, where he was crowned King William on Christmas Day in 1066.
During the second world war, Kent played a crucial role in some of the most significant events. In 1940 the county, and Dover in particular, were at the centre of Operation Dynamo, which saw 330,000 troops rescued from Dunkirk. Later the same year, the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over Kent, with the RAF resisting the relentless German offensives, causing Hitler to postpone plans to invade in what Churchill iconic described as the ‘finest hour’. Throughout the war, Kent was bombed heavily, and in 1944 Operation Fortitude was launched, a crucial decoy for the Normandy landings.
Kent is known as the ‘Garden of England’, a nickname first given to the area by King Henry VIII. The county is famous for its charming landscape; a traditional fruit growing area with an abundance of orchards and hop gardens. Any venture into Kent should spend time on the rural roads absorbing the natural beauty of the countryside.
Travelling through the heart of Kent will take you to the iconic cathedral city of Canterbury, a settlement occupied for several millenia by Celts, Romans, Jutes and beyond. The main landmark of the city is the Cathedral, which is the most senior church in England. The Cathedral has a history dating back to 597ad, and has been a place of pilgrimage since the Martyrdom of Thomas Becket in 1170. Canterbury is not a large place, with a population of only 55,000, but any visit to Kent must include this historic city.
Kent is an area famously known for its castles. Arguably one of the most important fortresses in the whole of England is Dover Castle; known as the ‘Key to England’ due to its location on the channel. There has been a fortification on the site for more than two thousand years, with the current castle founded by William the Conqueror. During the Second World War, Dover Castle played a crucial role, notably as the centre of Operation Dyanmo, where 330,000 soldiers were evacuated from Dunkirk. Take plenty of time to absorb the history and explore all parts of the castle, allow a couple of hours at least!
Another iconic feature and symbol of Kent is its coastline, of which the county has more than 350 miles. Along the coast you’ll find charming locations and beautiful beaches. But certainly the most striking feature of Kent’s coast are the world-famous White Cliffs. Compromising of chalk, and with a geological history spanning millions of years, the White Cliffs have become not only symbolic of Kent, but Britain overall. They can be seen in several different parts of the county, but the best place is certainly at Dover. For any visitor to Kent, a view over the White Cliffs is a must.
Join our small-group Kent tours and explore the highights of the county in a day. Travel in a small-group on a comfortable minibus, in the company of our knowledgeable driver-guides. Visit the cathedral city of Canterbury, travel through charming villages and countryside, discover the history of Dover Castle and absorb the sight of the iconic White Cliffs.
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