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Animal Reserve & Safari

Port Lympne Reserve is home to over 900 animals across 75 species, including Kent's only spectacled bears as well as giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, gorillas, monkeys and more!
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Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
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Port Lympne Reserve is home to over 900 animals across 75 species, including Kent's only spectacled bears as well as giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, gorillas, monkeys and more!

Steam Railway

Since 1927 the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, our world famous one-third full size steam & diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve. With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, our railway provides you with an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent. Coast & country walks, with all manner of wildlife & flora to be seen, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic lighthouses are all on our doorstep. With excellent catering facilities available at some stations, our ever-popular Model Railway Exhibition, play parks, good station shops, free car parking and facilities to assist our disabled visitors, RH&DR is the perfect any-weather, all-generations great day out.
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Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
2 Littlestone Road
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Since 1927 the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, our world famous one-third full size steam & diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve. With 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach, our railway provides you with an opportunity to explore this unique corner of Kent. Coast & country walks, with all manner of wildlife & flora to be seen, cycle rides, medieval churches and iconic lighthouses are all on our doorstep. With excellent catering facilities available at some stations, our ever-popular Model Railway Exhibition, play parks, good station shops, free car parking and facilities to assist our disabled visitors, RH&DR is the perfect any-weather, all-generations great day out.
The railway you see today at 10½ miles in length and runs from Tenterden to Bodium Castle. The Kent & East Sussex Railway is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and follows the wide unspoilt Rother Valley for much of the journey. Our small rural stations are typical of light-railways of the period, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see or do! Almost all our staff are volunteers and we’re always pleased to help you get the most from your visit, including: The award-winning Railway Museum, where you can discover more about Colonel Stephens, the entrepreneur who built and operated the railway, is an absolute must. Located near the car park at Tenterden Town Station, the museum is open when trains are operating and entry is free Find out more about the fascinating story of how the K&ESR was preserved in an informative display in the Model Railway Room at Tenterden. Kids will love the model railway too – collect a token from the booking office. Enjoy light refreshments in a unique station setting – or take them on board the train as you travel through the beautiful Rother Valley! Become a nature detective – look out for the unique mix of nature as you travel along the line. Both family nature trails and on board information is available – https://kesr.org.uk/what-to-see-from-the-train/ Pick up that perfect souvenir of your visit from the Gift Shop. Get up close and personal with the beauty of the local countryside with one of our downloadable Rail Trail walks. Or explore the diverse range of independent shops in the beautiful market town of Tenterden. Combining the excitement of a train ride with a visit to Bodiam Castle? If you’re a member of the National Trust, entry to the castle is free – but if not, remember to show your valid K&ESR ticket at the entrance to receive 10% off your castle admission!
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Kent & East Sussex Railway
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The railway you see today at 10½ miles in length and runs from Tenterden to Bodium Castle. The Kent & East Sussex Railway is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and follows the wide unspoilt Rother Valley for much of the journey. Our small rural stations are typical of light-railways of the period, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see or do! Almost all our staff are volunteers and we’re always pleased to help you get the most from your visit, including: The award-winning Railway Museum, where you can discover more about Colonel Stephens, the entrepreneur who built and operated the railway, is an absolute must. Located near the car park at Tenterden Town Station, the museum is open when trains are operating and entry is free Find out more about the fascinating story of how the K&ESR was preserved in an informative display in the Model Railway Room at Tenterden. Kids will love the model railway too – collect a token from the booking office. Enjoy light refreshments in a unique station setting – or take them on board the train as you travel through the beautiful Rother Valley! Become a nature detective – look out for the unique mix of nature as you travel along the line. Both family nature trails and on board information is available – https://kesr.org.uk/what-to-see-from-the-train/ Pick up that perfect souvenir of your visit from the Gift Shop. Get up close and personal with the beauty of the local countryside with one of our downloadable Rail Trail walks. Or explore the diverse range of independent shops in the beautiful market town of Tenterden. Combining the excitement of a train ride with a visit to Bodiam Castle? If you’re a member of the National Trust, entry to the castle is free – but if not, remember to show your valid K&ESR ticket at the entrance to receive 10% off your castle admission!

Historic places

Explore 2000 years of history during an action-packed day out at Dover Castle. Step inside the Great Tower and discover the grandeur of Henry II’s medieval palace. Explore vividly-recreated rooms filled with colourful furnishings and imagine the world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition. Make sure to climb to the rooftop for unmissable views across the English Channel. Fast forward over 700 years and discover the vital role Dover Castle played in two world wars at the recreated Port War Signalling Station. On weekends, meet costumed characters who will reveal the medieval story of Dover Castle as the recreate the court of Henry II at the mighty medieval Great Tower. There are over 80 acres of castle grounds to explore too. Walk the battlements and mighty defences as you stretch your legs and imagination at England’s greatest fortress.
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Доувър
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Explore 2000 years of history during an action-packed day out at Dover Castle. Step inside the Great Tower and discover the grandeur of Henry II’s medieval palace. Explore vividly-recreated rooms filled with colourful furnishings and imagine the world of courtly intrigue and royal ambition. Make sure to climb to the rooftop for unmissable views across the English Channel. Fast forward over 700 years and discover the vital role Dover Castle played in two world wars at the recreated Port War Signalling Station. On weekends, meet costumed characters who will reveal the medieval story of Dover Castle as the recreate the court of Henry II at the mighty medieval Great Tower. There are over 80 acres of castle grounds to explore too. Walk the battlements and mighty defences as you stretch your legs and imagination at England’s greatest fortress.
The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, in 597AD who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes The Cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that all visitors enjoy a first class visitor experience. We usually have eight or so trained volunteer Welcome Assistants and Guides on duty who are there to help you make the best of your visit.
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Кентърбърийска катедрала
11 The Precincts
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The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, in 597AD who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes The Cathedral offers a wide range of facilities to ensure that all visitors enjoy a first class visitor experience. We usually have eight or so trained volunteer Welcome Assistants and Guides on duty who are there to help you make the best of your visit.
Bodiam is the quintessential English castle, an echo from distant and very different times. Originally built in 1385, Bodiam Castle has spent centuries as one of the best loved and best known castles in England. Perhaps it is the design of the building, with an iconic moat and beautiful lush green scenery, or simply the amazing history of the building, which makes it so popular A beautiful place to visit and relive your childhood memories of knights in shining armour, Bodiam Castle is more than just some fascinating ruins, it also is packed with amazing and educational events too. Whether it is getting a glimpse into the past, or learning about the present castle and the wildlife that calls it their home, this is definitely a place to head to. Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA
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Bodiam Castle
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Bodiam is the quintessential English castle, an echo from distant and very different times. Originally built in 1385, Bodiam Castle has spent centuries as one of the best loved and best known castles in England. Perhaps it is the design of the building, with an iconic moat and beautiful lush green scenery, or simply the amazing history of the building, which makes it so popular A beautiful place to visit and relive your childhood memories of knights in shining armour, Bodiam Castle is more than just some fascinating ruins, it also is packed with amazing and educational events too. Whether it is getting a glimpse into the past, or learning about the present castle and the wildlife that calls it their home, this is definitely a place to head to. Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA
1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD Discover the atmosphere of one of England’s most significant historic sites on an unforgettable day out. In the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed here at the Battle of Hastings. Now, you can stand on the very spot where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided. See the Harold stone, marking the spot where King Harold fell, or walk the battlefield trail to encounter carved wooden sculptures depicting Norman and Saxon soldiers. Enjoy the gatehouse exhibition revealing the abbey’s role in the country’s future, then head to the roof for stunning views of the battlefield. Take in the beautiful Sussex landscape, and enjoy the fresh air and open spaces surrounding the breathtaking ruins of the Abbey built, by William shortly after his victory. 1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD Address: High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AE
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Battle Abbey
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1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD Discover the atmosphere of one of England’s most significant historic sites on an unforgettable day out. In the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed here at the Battle of Hastings. Now, you can stand on the very spot where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided. See the Harold stone, marking the spot where King Harold fell, or walk the battlefield trail to encounter carved wooden sculptures depicting Norman and Saxon soldiers. Enjoy the gatehouse exhibition revealing the abbey’s role in the country’s future, then head to the roof for stunning views of the battlefield. Take in the beautiful Sussex landscape, and enjoy the fresh air and open spaces surrounding the breathtaking ruins of the Abbey built, by William shortly after his victory. 1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD Address: High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AE

Nature Reserve

There is a remarkable variety of wildlife living at Dungeness, with over 600 different types of plants: a third of all those found in Britain. It is one of the best places in Britain to find invertebrates such as moths, bees, beetles, and spiders; many of these are very rare, some found nowhere else in Britain. Dungeness is the perfect migration hotspot. Watch the sky for hundreds of swallows, swifts and martins as they gather in huge numbers in the spring and autumn as they arrive and leave country. In the spring, listen for the booming of our bitterns and the unmistakable call of the cuckoo. In the autumn, look for the bearded tits in the reedbeds as they feed of the seed heads. Dungeness also boasts wonderful sunsets. With the flat open ground and large sky it is the perfect place to be in the evening, watch the sun go down in this tranquil place and enjoy nature at a different time of day.
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Dungeness
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There is a remarkable variety of wildlife living at Dungeness, with over 600 different types of plants: a third of all those found in Britain. It is one of the best places in Britain to find invertebrates such as moths, bees, beetles, and spiders; many of these are very rare, some found nowhere else in Britain. Dungeness is the perfect migration hotspot. Watch the sky for hundreds of swallows, swifts and martins as they gather in huge numbers in the spring and autumn as they arrive and leave country. In the spring, listen for the booming of our bitterns and the unmistakable call of the cuckoo. In the autumn, look for the bearded tits in the reedbeds as they feed of the seed heads. Dungeness also boasts wonderful sunsets. With the flat open ground and large sky it is the perfect place to be in the evening, watch the sun go down in this tranquil place and enjoy nature at a different time of day.
Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Vineyard

Chapel Down is England’s leading wine producer with an award-winning range of sparkling and still wines. Based in Kent, in the heart of the Garden of England, we produce wines of the highest quality and which we believe offer the best expression of England. Our winery estate is open to the public for guided tours and experiences Chapel Down Winery, Small Hythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG
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Tenterden Vineyard Park
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Chapel Down is England’s leading wine producer with an award-winning range of sparkling and still wines. Based in Kent, in the heart of the Garden of England, we produce wines of the highest quality and which we believe offer the best expression of England. Our winery estate is open to the public for guided tours and experiences Chapel Down Winery, Small Hythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG

Town

Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne Ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, The Harbour Arm still embraces the town’s working fishing harbour, becoming a pivotal point in the town’s future and its historical past. Since opening in 2015, Folkestone Harbour Arm has cemented itself as a major destination on the Kent coast. Reaching into the English Channel, offering views of the White Cliffs and glimpses of France, the Harbour Arm is a unique cultural attraction; a place to meet friends, see live music and sample the goods from nearly 30 independent food and drink vendors.
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Folkestone Harbour
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Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne Ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, The Harbour Arm still embraces the town’s working fishing harbour, becoming a pivotal point in the town’s future and its historical past. Since opening in 2015, Folkestone Harbour Arm has cemented itself as a major destination on the Kent coast. Reaching into the English Channel, offering views of the White Cliffs and glimpses of France, the Harbour Arm is a unique cultural attraction; a place to meet friends, see live music and sample the goods from nearly 30 independent food and drink vendors.
The history-rich town of Hastings retains the character and charm of a Victorian seaside resort. Explore the lanes and passageways of the Old Town, lined with vintage shops, boutiques and welcoming cafés. Small independent art galleries line the streets to sell their art that is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscapes. When you're on the beach, don't miss the famous black fishing huts that line the seafront. Synonymous with the battle of 1066 between King Harold’s English and William the Conqueror’s Normans. The battle actually took place in the surrounding countryside, where now stands the town of Battle, which is well worth a day trip.
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Hastings
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The history-rich town of Hastings retains the character and charm of a Victorian seaside resort. Explore the lanes and passageways of the Old Town, lined with vintage shops, boutiques and welcoming cafés. Small independent art galleries line the streets to sell their art that is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscapes. When you're on the beach, don't miss the famous black fishing huts that line the seafront. Synonymous with the battle of 1066 between King Harold’s English and William the Conqueror’s Normans. The battle actually took place in the surrounding countryside, where now stands the town of Battle, which is well worth a day trip.
Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained. Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet. Rye has been the home and muse of many literary figures, including Henry James, Conrad Aiken, Joseph Conrad, EF Benson, HG Wells, and GK Chesterton. Lamb House, now a National Trust property, was home to Henry James then EF Benson, and was frequented by many other famous authors, including Rudyard Kipling. More recently it was the setting for the BBC adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia.
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Rye
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Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance. It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained. Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet. Rye has been the home and muse of many literary figures, including Henry James, Conrad Aiken, Joseph Conrad, EF Benson, HG Wells, and GK Chesterton. Lamb House, now a National Trust property, was home to Henry James then EF Benson, and was frequented by many other famous authors, including Rudyard Kipling. More recently it was the setting for the BBC adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia.
The city has three UNESCO world heritage sites, six museums, seven art galleries, six theatres, one castle, one abbey, one cathedral and 24 Canterbury Tales. We're home to Bagpuss, Rupert the Bear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond. We have eight saints, four playwrights, one poet laureate, one black knight, 40 qualified guides and one ghost hunter. Dickens spent a lot of time in Canterbury and its believed its where he was inspired to write David Copperfield.
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Canterbury
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The city has three UNESCO world heritage sites, six museums, seven art galleries, six theatres, one castle, one abbey, one cathedral and 24 Canterbury Tales. We're home to Bagpuss, Rupert the Bear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond. We have eight saints, four playwrights, one poet laureate, one black knight, 40 qualified guides and one ghost hunter. Dickens spent a lot of time in Canterbury and its believed its where he was inspired to write David Copperfield.
Nestling in the heart of the Weald of Kent, Tenterden, rich in history, has largely escaped much modern development and has consequently retained its charm. It has an attractive, broad tree-lined High Street, brimming with interesting shops and tea rooms that have something for everyone. It is believed that the name Tenterden is derived from the Old English 'Tenet Waraden' which meant a clearing in the forest, belonging to the men of Thanet. Tenterden was an important wool trading centre in the 13th century and became prosperous. It is difficult to believe today that Tenterden had access to the sea at Smallhythe, since the coastline has altered so much. Using the wood from the Wealden Forest as its source of timber, Smallhythe was a centre for shipbuilding and produced wooden ships that were large for the time. In 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the prestigious Federation of Cinque Ports, and was able to enjoy all the privilege and status which this position brought. Dating from the 12th century the the distinctive tower of the Parish Church of St Mildred can be seen from the High Street. To get an insight into the history of Tenterden pay a visit to the local museum which has exhibits spanning one thousand years. William Caxton, who pioneered printing in England is believed to have been born in Tenterden. The actress Dame Ellen Terry lived at Smallhythe.
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Tenterden
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Nestling in the heart of the Weald of Kent, Tenterden, rich in history, has largely escaped much modern development and has consequently retained its charm. It has an attractive, broad tree-lined High Street, brimming with interesting shops and tea rooms that have something for everyone. It is believed that the name Tenterden is derived from the Old English 'Tenet Waraden' which meant a clearing in the forest, belonging to the men of Thanet. Tenterden was an important wool trading centre in the 13th century and became prosperous. It is difficult to believe today that Tenterden had access to the sea at Smallhythe, since the coastline has altered so much. Using the wood from the Wealden Forest as its source of timber, Smallhythe was a centre for shipbuilding and produced wooden ships that were large for the time. In 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the prestigious Federation of Cinque Ports, and was able to enjoy all the privilege and status which this position brought. Dating from the 12th century the the distinctive tower of the Parish Church of St Mildred can be seen from the High Street. To get an insight into the history of Tenterden pay a visit to the local museum which has exhibits spanning one thousand years. William Caxton, who pioneered printing in England is believed to have been born in Tenterden. The actress Dame Ellen Terry lived at Smallhythe.

Food scene

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Rocksalt
4-5 Fishmarket
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The Waterfront
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Dungeness Snack Shack
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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Folkestone
6 Clifton Gardens
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Traditional Fish &Chip shop Restaurant & Takeaway In Dymchurch, 15% discount applied to guests staying at the Corner house holiday cottages
Beach 48
48 High Street
Traditional Fish &Chip shop Restaurant & Takeaway In Dymchurch, 15% discount applied to guests staying at the Corner house holiday cottages