The county of Kent has many riches to offer to every visitor; from the undulating green hills of the Kent Downs to the woodland of High Weald, to the lush vineyards with their perfect champagne terroir.
Because of its proximity to France, a stone’s throw across the English Channel, Kent has served as a defence point to the Crown for many centuries, and because of this, this South-East corner of England houses more famous castles, historic houses and dazzling gardens than anywhere else in Great Britain. When Henry VIII realized the potential of this fertile land, he cultivated it for crops, vegetables, and orchards and named it the Garden of England, effectively turning Kent into his very own court larder.
The White Cliffs of Dover
But the county of Kent is arguably most famous for the coastline’s spectacular natural feature, the official icon of Britain, the White Cliffs of Dover which has been a symbol of home, hope, and freedom for centuries. Property of the National Trust, this stretch of coastline offers stunning views, serene walks and an abundance of rare wildlife. Facing the Strait of Dover and France, this magnificent place offers breath-taking views across the channel, and on very clear days you may even spot France.
Although the cliffs are best known for their views and famous chalk face, which reaches 106 meters at its highest, they guard an abundance of history if you know where to look. For example, you can spot two wrecks at the base of the cliffs which tell extraordinary stories, or you can discover the lovingly restored Second World War tunnel complex and go on an amazing hard hat head torch lit adventure. The South Foreland Lighthouse, this Victorian marvel, witness to much of history, is not to be missed on this tour.
Charming Seaside Towns
The 350 glorious miles of coastline lined with chalk grassland and golden sands is home to a string of charming seaside towns such as Whitstable, Margate, Broadstairs and Deal, and they are well worth a detour whilst visiting the White Cliffs of Dover.
These delightful little towns have undergone a gradual rejuvenation over the past ten years and they have attracted many visitors back to their shores.
For a closer look at the white cliffs visit the charming little village of St Margaret’s, which lies in St Margaret’s Bay, guardian of the White Cliffs. St Margaret’s village first appeared in the Domesday book as ‘Sancta Margharita’ and it has been a favourite seaside retreat to many famous faces throughout history such as Lord Byron and Ian Fleming. Whilst here, you can also walk the Frontline Britain trail and learn about the role of this little jewel during the Second World War.
Folkestone is filled to the brim with fascinating history and it is a must-see for every visitor. Folkestone is home to the world’s highest brick arched viaduct; the first nunnery in England was founded here around 630AD, and most famously perhaps, millions of troops passed through Folkestone on their way to the front line in World War I. Follow in the footsteps of the many regiments who marched down on what is now called the Road of Remembrance.
England’s Best kept secret
Although technically not in Kent, Rye, just a few miles across the border into East Sussex has been called ‘England’s best-kept secret’, and for a very good reason. Rye is nestled between the lush Kent countryside and the sea, and it is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England, a must-see for visitors heading for the Kent coastline. Immerse yourself in olde-worlde charm and amble along the beautifully preserved streets that time seems to have passed by. Discover the higgledy-piggledy timbered houses, walk down the charming cobbled streets, visit the ancient inns, and castles. Rye is a real treat for visitors and a hidden gem ready to be discovered.
Why Tour with us?
We love Kent and we are passionate about showing this beautiful corner of England off to all our visitors. This county has it all and it is a feast for the eyes and senses from Dover Castle to the sandy beaches and everything in between.
We have a vast knowledge of Kent’s history and our bespoke tours offer an experience with a difference. We specialize in private tours for small groups and we custom design every excursion to suit our clients’ needs. Our tours include well-trodden attractions and many off the beaten track treasures, which cannot be found in guidebooks. We pride ourselves on excellent customer care and satisfaction, and we really hope we can see you soon.