Your Tour Itinerary - The Garden of England

Day 1 London – Chartwell House – Hever Castle – Canterbury

Today we’ll take the trail of statesmen and Tudors as we depart London and travel to Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell will give us a glimpse into his private home. From the library to the sitting room and study, this red stone manor is a time capsule brimming with insights into 1930s family life. When we’ve had a look around, it’s onwards to Hever
Castle, the fairytale childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The ornamental English rose gardens and the swan-filled lake are superb for strolling around. Tonight, we’ll sit down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D)

Day 2 Canterbury – Whitstable – Canterbury

To begin the day, we’ll visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site – the oldest working church in England – we’ll discover medieval ruins, the oak-roofed Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave. Then, we’ll leave Canterbury for Whitstable, which is full of snug pubs, quaint shops and quirky alleyways. Here, you can trace the fishermen’s catch from the pebble beach to the harbour market. After, we’ll head to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, where we’ll be treated to a tour – and the
chance to sample some awardwinning beers. Later, the afternoon will be yours to do as you wish back in Canterbury. (B)

Day 3 Canterbury – Tenterden - Bodiam Castle – Rye

We’ll take a step back to the golden age of British transport today as we board the Tenterden Steam Railway, chugging through idyllic rural scenery in a classic carriage. When we reach Bodiam, we’ll find ourselves deep in storybook territory. With soaring towers, an iron-studded wooden portcullis and an iconic moat, Bodiam Castle is every inch the archetypal English castle. While here, we’ll climb spiral staircases, step onto the great hall’s dais and look up to spot murder holes as we pass through the gatehouse. Our third and final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye, where we’ll visit the Rye Heritage Centre. (B)

Day 4 Rye – Dover - Rye

Today we’ll dedicate some time to exploring Rye, strolling along cobbled lanes lined with timberclad
houses and experiencing the magic that inspired writers and artists such as Henry James and Paul Nash. After tracing the shoreline, we’ll arrive at Dover Castle: the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historic tales, far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark
medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon will see us back in Rye, where some free time will allow for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner together. (B,D)

Day 5 Rye - Sissinghurst - London

This morning we’ll travel onwards to Battle, where we’ll visit the historic Monastery. Then, we’ll continue to
Sissinghurst, where we’ll find poet and writer Vita Sackville-West’s famous gardens. When we’ve taken in their beauty, our tour will end back in London. (B)

This tour can be combined with Corners of Cornwall, The Wonders of Wales and/or A Scottish Journey
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Departure dates and prices 2019 The Garden of England - Tour code BEHGOLL-9

Back-Roads brochure price twin/double room from £1519

Travel 55 discount price twin/double room from £1444

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + tour code 

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Back-Roads Touring
The Garden of England

5 days / 4 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1444

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate five days to England’s exquisite South East. Discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown. There are also visits to Chartwell, Churchill's private home, Hever Castle and Gardens and Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West’s famous gardens.

Small group tour up to 18 guests.

To book this lovely Garden of England tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price.

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The Back-Roads Difference

  • Stroll through the iconic Hever, Dover and Bodiam castles
  • Wind through beautiful countryside aboard a traditional steam train
  • Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery

Tour Inclusions - The Garden of England

  • 4 nights’ boutique accommodation

  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Daily full English breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D)

  • Beer tasting in Faversham

  • Kent and East Sussex Railway ticket

  • Entrance included to: Chartwell, Hever Castle and Gardens and Canterbury Cathedral

Why Back-Roads Touring

Smaller groups of up to 18

With a maximum group size of 18 people on Europe tours (22 on French barge tours) and 14 people on Asia tours, Back Roads pride themselves on ensuring that each guest has a personalised holiday experience.


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Hand Picked Boutique Accommodation

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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