Sandwich, Deal and Walmer Castle
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Walk round the ancient town of Sandwich then drive through Deal before visiting Walmer Castle
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After travelling through the edge of the town of Dover and passing the world's busiest ferry port, be taken up between the famous White Cliffs and into the North Downs, a range of rolling hills that runs along the north of Kent, the county known as The Garden of England. On the way you will learn about how the famous Cinque Ports came into being. After a short time we shall leave the main road to go and see the famous "Ham Sandwich" road sign (provided it hasn't been stolen yet again!). From there you will be taken to the ancient town and former fishing port of Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports and an important harbour during the Roman occupation of Britain from the mid-1st century to the early 5th century. Today it is one of the best maintained mediaeval towns in England. During your walk through the town you will see, among other things, the Elizabethan Town Hall, the Barbican built under King Henry VIII, St Peter's Church which was rebuilt by Flemish monks after the tower had collapsed in a storm, and the famous Strand Street with its lovely half-timbered buildings.
From Sandwich you will be taken through the coastal town of Deal, a favourite haunt of the English naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson and his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton. Here you will see its famous Time-Ball Tower, used for signalling the time for ships anchored off the coast to set their chronometers, and will pass Deal Castle, one of three castles in the area built in the 16th century by King Henry VIII. (Sandown Castle which was to the north of the town no longer exists).
After passing the former barracks of the Royal Marines you will come to Walmer Castle which today also serves as the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. This is the third of the trio built in the 16th century and has a history which goes on from those times right up to the modern day. In the castle you will get a complimentary audio tour during which you will see the desk at which the Duke of Wellington read: the military hero who, together with Blücher decisively beat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. During this tour you will see the chair in which he died peacefully in his sleep and a pair of original Wellington Boots. The castle also has a very interesting garden including a section dedicated to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
On your return to Dover there will be the possibility of a photo stop by Dover Castle.
Cruise ship terminal
Please note :
Not available 16 - 19 July 2020 due to the British Open golf championship.
Price includes entrance to included attractions for 2 persons. Adjustments according to number of people will be calculated at booking stage.
€ 16 per person over 2 people
This Tour includes :
- Travel in executive car
Guided walking tour of Sandwich
Entrance to Walmer Castle & audio guide
This Tour does NOT include :
Price for the whole party, not per person
Options (+ or -) may apply and will be calculated at the next step
This Tour is available in the following languages :
Kids friendly tour
Wheelchair friendly tour
Limited due to stairs in Walmer Castle
Meet your guide :
Based near Canterbury in the delightful county of Kent, known as the Garden of England, Frank holds the highest guiding qualification, the coveted blue-badge, for South East England and is qualified to guide in both the English and German languages on foot, on a coach or in his own luxury car which is fully licenced and insured for carrying passengers.
After leaving school he studied at universities in both Britain (German) and West Berlin (Business Studies). While in Berlin, he started running skiing holidays for fellow students, and he still has friends he made at that time.
After university Frank set up his own business in tourism, first of all in Kent, then later opened a branch office in Germany, and he considers himself to be very lucky to have been in Berlin on 11 November 1989 when the Wall "fell", an experience he will never forget. After some years, with major shifts in the industry, he decided to change direction and train as a tourist guide. His only regret: that he hadn't made the change many years earlier.
Frank has a range of hobbies which include photography and sailing his small boat, and he is active in his local community, sitting on various committees, one of them being, thanks to his extensive sailing experience, the local Water Safety Committee.
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