This tour is an Explore & Discover Kent tour; an innovative and immersive arts tourism experience around the Kent coastline.
From 1 day to 5 days your itinerary will take you into the heart of the historical, artistic and cultural highlights of the county’s coastline with local guide and professional fine art photographer Alex Hare.
Please contact Alex to discuss group size and length of tour for a bespoke itinerary and quotation.
You will explore and discover:
- the remains of 18th Century wooden shipping hulks on the River Thames
- coastal castles, Napoleonic forts and WWII gun towers out at sea
- short walks with breath taking views, including White Cliffs of Dover, marshland walks full of bird life, and tours of Medieval Canterbury and it’s iconic Cathedral.
- the Roman settlement at Reculver, also where the famous “Dambusters” ‘bouncing bomb’ was tested.
- the Georgian & Victorian old towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate where Turner lived and painted and where Dickens wrote ‘Bleak House’.
- art galleries including the Turner Contemporary at Margate, The Horsebridge in Whitstable, independent galleries at Deal, Folkestone, Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hastings.
- new photography skills from your tour guide and pro photographer Alex Hare.
- ideal locations for creative photography with help from your guide on where to be and when for the best conditions.
From the Thames Estuary to Thanet , Deal , the White Cliffs of Dover and around to Folkestone, Hythe and Dungeness, Kent’s coast is varied, full of history and an exciting region to explore and discover.
All accommodation is in local tourist board approved hotels and guest houses.
Alex is a fully insured tour operator and can include group transport of up to 8 guests.
Explore & Discover Kent FAQs
Getting to Kent
The nearest major airport is Gatwick. Fromm here, either take a train into London St Pancras and down to Rochester to the rendezvous or use a taxi. Ferries arrive into Dover daily and the Channel Tunnel also provides easy access into Kent with a vehicle.
If it’s Fully booked what can I do?
Please get in touch via email or telephone and we can put you on the reserve list. If a place becomes available we'll let you know.
What sort of history will I experience?
Imagine standing in the very place inside Canterbury Cathedral where Thomas Beckett was slain by two Knights of the Realm, or gazing out to sea from the White cliffs of Dover across a stretch of water that has seen the Romans land, William the Conqueror, the Spanish Armada and Nelson’s fleet pass by before the battle of Britain was fought overhead in the skies above…
To be on Kent’s coast is to be at the forefront of Britain’s history.
What sort of artistic and creative experience will I have?
Imagine visiting the locations painted by JMW Turner and turning your own hand to some painting or photography of these locations. We'll visit both the vibrant independent and larger arts galleries on the Kent and Sussex coast, find art installations in the landscape, explore the town where Charles Dickens wrote Bleak House, visit a rich and varied coastal landscape and learn new photography skills from your tour guide and pro fine art photographer Alex Hare.
How much photography will we be able to do?
Photography is embedded into the tour so that, where possible, we can take advantage of any dawn or sunset locations if this is something you would like to experience. If not, enjoy extra time in bed and we will re visit our photography at a number of locations on the tour during our daily itinerary.
I have special dietary requirements, is this tour suitable for me?
Yes, absolutely. Tell me in advance what your needs are and we will ensure that these are catered for. We will eat in a variety of local and independent pubs, restaurants and cafes serving a full and diverse menu of food for vegetarians and vegans.
I am over 65 and/or I have limited mobility, is this tour suitable for me?
Kent is not a physically strenuous region to explore and discover so, in general, I would not want to put anyone off. However, if you tell me what your specific needs are we can discuss further. In general, our itinerary is mixed and varied and some activities do require walking distances of up to 2 miles on public footpaths. Other activities will be in towns and galleries where mobility is not such a requirement.
What sort of rooms and accommodation will we stay in?
We will enjoy guest houses and hotels that have comfortable, minimum 3 star ratings, with en suite bathrooms.
I’m travelling alone, can I have single occupancy rooms?
Yes, this can be arranged and we will arrange for your room to be en suite.
What are lunch and evening meal arrangements on the Kent Tour?
Each day will include a stop at a pub, restaurant or cafe for lunch and supper. Your guide will arrange a table for the group at carefully selcted places that will give you a good overall experience of great Kentish hospitlaity, wine, beer and food. From oysters on the beach at Whitstable, to fine dining in Folkestone, to local pubs serving lunches and local ales. You are, of course, very welcome to enjoy your meals elsewhere at places nearby you like the look of or your guide can offer sugggestions on alternative places to try.
From 1-5 Days
Fully escorted by your English speaking tour guide
Expert Photography Help
All local transfers
Accommodation with breakfast inc.
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated.
Transfers to Rendezvous Location
Travel or Personal Accident Insurance
Lunch & Evening Meals (unless agreed otherwise)