WHITSTABLE & HEVER CASTLE DAY TOUR
DISCOVER WHITSTABLE'S SEASIDE.
ENJOY LOCAL OYSTERS AT THE HARBOUR.
EXPLORE HISTORY AT LOVELY HEVER CASTLE.
Sat 1st April, Sat 3rd June, Sat 12th Aug
We will first visit beautiful Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Dating back to the 13th century, its splendid panelled rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an important collection of Tudor portraits and beautifully illuminated prayer books. Despite its splendour, Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated, haunted, with lots of armour and gruesome torture devices. A permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery brings the 16th century to life with costumed figures illustrating key events in Anne’s life at the Castle.
You’ll have plenty of time to explore Hever’s 125 acres of magnificent award-winning gardens. Marvel at the Pompeiian wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden. The Loggia, overlooking the 38-acre lake, is the perfect spot to relax before exploring the many cascades, grottoes and fountains. A stroll through the Tudor Garden, Blue Corner or Rhododendron Walk, provide colour and interest throughout the year. Wander further afield and enjoy Sunday Walk and Church Gill Walk that follow the course of a stream through peaceful woodland or Anne Boleyn’s Walk, with its impressive collection of trees planted more than 100 years ago.
From there, we will visit Whitstable - Kent’s coolest destination. Full of quirky charm and character. Shoppers can delight in the town's bohemian charm with independent craft and gift shops, galleries, delicatessens and fashion shops trading side by side with butchers and bakers. When you need to recharge with a drink and food you will be spoilt for choice with a wonderful choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Whitstable is one of a very few places in the country that has a pub on the beach.
Whether you take the main route through the town or enjoy haphazard progress through quiet lanes and alleyways with eccentric names such as Squeeze Gut Alley, you'll end up at the working harbour. Constructed in 1831 the harbour has an interesting history including diving, shipbuilding and fishing.Along the coast at Tankerton, grassy slopes dip to meet the sea throwing out an invitation to visitors and locals to walk along the prom and take in some bracing sea air. There's a chance too to get unsurpassed views of Whitstable's skyline from The Street, a wide ridge of shingle stretching out to sea, but only revealed when the tide is low.
Departure/Drop off point
Tower Hill Coach Park
Look for the sign-posted pedestrian entrance on Petty Wales (painted yellow, underneath Wagamama) take the steps on the right and wait in front of the coach bays.
09.30 – Depart Tower Hill Coach Park
11.00 – Arrive Hever Castle, depart at 14.00
15.30 – Arrive Whitstable, depart 18.30
20.00 – Arrive back at Tower Hill Coach Park
Return travel from London in a comfortable coach, the services of a tour guide
Tickets to Hever Castle: £13 adult, £12 senior, £10 student, £7 child (Group rates, please bring cash to benefit from these reduced prices), Food & drink, gratuities
*Timings are approximate and the schedule is subject to change when required. Please check your booking confirmation for any changes to departure time. Your tour guide will confirm times to be back at the coach at each stop, the schedule above is a guideline only. See here for full terms & conditions.
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