A Shipful of Tea & History in Kent

Kent has played a significant role in Britain’s maritime history and we immerse ourselves in that legacy on this tour. We visit the Historic Dockyard Chatham to discover 400 years of maritime history and spend the day in fascinating Greenwich, home to the Cutty Sark ship, the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. We also visit Chartwell, the country home of Sir Winston Churchill, and pay our respects to those who served at RAF Biggin Hill during the Second World War.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Historic Dockyard Chatham
We spend today at the Historic Dockyard Chatham; the exhibits stretch over 80 acres,
including three historic warships, interactive galleries and a collection of RNLI Lifeboats,
so there’s plenty to see and do. We discover 400 years of history as we explore the
architecture, ships and people that shaped British maritime innovation, engineering and
design. We also have a Victorian Ropery Tour, during which we learn about the history
and art of rope making, with live demonstrations.

For an extra special experience at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, why not include a lunch in the Commissioner’s House (not usually open to the public) combined with a private history talk about the Dockyard? For more info, please speak to our sales team.

Consider adding a Call the Midwife Location Tour to go behind the scenes of one of TV’s most iconic series and discover how the 400 year old Chatham dockyard is transformed into 1950’s East London. Please request details from your Account Manager.

Day 3 Greenwich
Today we have a full day to visit the home of time, Greenwich, where we explore its famous attractions (such as the Royal Observatory, the Old Naval College, Greenwich Park or Greenwich markets, open Tue-Sun), before heading to the Cutty Sark for a late lunchtime entrance. During our History of Tea guided tour we learn about the life of
this historic tea clipper in its heyday, enjoying a cream tea at the end - how appropriate!

Day 4 Chartwell & Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
This morning we visit Chartwell, which was purchased by Sir Winston Churchill in 1922 and used as his main base during the ‘20s and ‘30s for writing, painting and entertaining. Housing the largest collection of Churchill’s paintings and filled with treasures from every aspect of his life, the rooms remain much as they were when he lived there. The hillside gardens, which visitors are encouraged to explore, reflect Churchill’s love of the landscape and nature – including the lakes he created. In the afternoon we make our way to the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, situated on the same site as St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, built in 1951 to remember those who served and died at Biggin Hill during the Second World War. Our 1 hour guided tour follows the story of RAF Biggin Hill through an exceptional collection of stories and objects of those who served here. During our visit, we also enjoy scones with tea/coffee.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Bridgewood Manor Hotel

Chatham, Kent
A warm welcome awaits at the charming Bridgewood Manor Hotel, which is near Kent’s county town, Maidstone. Each of the 100 spacious bedrooms is equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities, while guests also enjoy free use of the leisure facilities, including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and gym. The restaurant offers a pleasant dining experience and there’s plenty of comfy seating in the bar for relaxing. Outside, there’s also a pretty courtyard to admire.

Bridgewood Manor Hotel

Chatham, Kent

4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £361pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £112

• Entrance to Historic Dockyard Chatham including Ropery Tour
• History of Tea guided tour of the Cutty Sark including cream tea
• Entrance to Chartwell
• Entrance to Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, guided tour with scones and tea

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£361 for 5 days

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