Group Travel Tour Operator and DMC for Kent
Wartime Secrets Revealed
Discover the secrets of World War II and the Kent countryside in this wartime tour that combines visits to the home of Sir Winston Churchill (Chartwell), St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, Hall Place and Gardens, Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, and the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.
Look behind the scenes at Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill, with a collection of pictures, books and paintings, and a beautiful garden. Be inspired by St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, built as a memorial to the pilots of the Battle of Britain, and see where a group of American Signal Corps were based during WWII at the Tudor House at Hall Palace.
Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Suggested itinerary by coach
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Chartwell and St George RAF Chapel of Remembrance, Hall Place and Gardens
A look behind the scenes today at Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill with the rooms remaining much as they were when he lived there. In the afternoon we visit St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance at Biggin Hill, a memorial to those pilots who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain and other conflicts. The Tudor house at Hall Place and Gardens in Bexley became an intercept centre codenamed Santa Fe. A group of American Signal Corps who were based there during World War II deciphered Luftwaffe signals and helped in the enigma code-breaking operation run from Bletchley Park.
Dover Castle, Secret Wartime Tunnels and the Kent Battle of Britain Museum
A morning visit to Dover Castle. Hidden beneath the imposing fortifications are a network of secret wartime tunnels. During WWII the castle’s historic tunnels were extended and used as a command centre where Winston Churchill oversaw the Battle of Britain. In the afternoon we visit the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, the oldest established, largest and most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country.
Ask the Greatdays team for ideas about a possible stop-off on the journey.
Suggested Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in March 2018
Mercure Maidstone Great Danes ****
This hotel, located in the heart of the Garden of England, is neighbour to the majestic Leeds Castle. The hotel boasts a rambling estate of 26 acres at the centre of the beautiful Kent Countryside. The hotel has ample free coach parking too.
Holiday Inn Maidstone – Sevenoaks ***
Situated in a rural setting around seven miles from both Maidstone and Sevenoaks, this hotel is a great base to explore Kent. The modern hotel boasts a restaurant, lounge areas and a bar. Guests can use the leisure centre with pool, sauna, solarium and gym. Each of the 105 air conditioned bedrooms is with en-suite bathroom and features tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryer. There is no lift, but the hotel is only on two floors and accessible rooms are available. The hotel provides free on site coach parking in its large car park.
Holiday Inn Ashford – North ***
A warm welcome awaits at this Kent hotel, set in a rural location around 4 miles from Ashford. The hotel is on 3 floors with an open plan lounge area and bar with coffee shop, and restaurant. If you would like to stay fit during your holiday – why not use the mini gym? Make yourself at home in one of the 92 en-suite bedrooms which all feature tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift to all floor and provides ample free coach parking.
|Dates||5 days / 4 nights||Single Supplement|
|2022 dates||From £255.00 per person||From £104.00 per person|
|2023 dates||From £275.00 per person||From £114.00 per person|