Kent

To plan and arrange your tour, call us on: 01709 385500


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For many centuries south east Kent has provided a Bastion against invasion from Europe. The White Cliffs of Dover have been an inspiration a symbol of defiance and a defensive wall against invaders. This tour examines the history of the area before this country was tethered to Europe by the Channel Tunnel.

Kent
Dover Castle

We offer a selection of sites to visit and can tailor the length of tour to your requirements. Accommodation will be in the Canterbury or Dover area. An optional guide can be provided throughout.

Dover Castle

Explore the imposing keep, defensive walls, Roman lighthouse, Norman church and museums. We also visit the underground tunnels used in the Second World War as a headquarters, hospital and communications centre, as well as the ‘Dumpy complex’ for use by the Government in the Cold War.

Pegwell Bay

This was the landing site of the Romans and Saxons. Visit the ‘Mystery Port’, a huge complex built in the Great War to ship supplies to the western front.

Walmer Castle
Walmer Castle

This was home of the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports. Visit the gardens and castle, including the preserved room where the Duke of Wellington died.

Swingate Down

This was the airfield where the Royal Flying Corps flew to war in August 1914 and site of a Chain Home Radar in the 1939-45 war. Also visit the Bleriot memorial on the landing site of the first cross-Channel flight in 1909.

St Margaret’s at Cliff

This was the base for some of the great cross Channel guns that could guard the Strait of Dover and bombard the French coast.

Samphire Hoe
Samphire Hoe

This is the site of two of the failed Channel tunnel attempts. You can visit a man-made platform of spoil from the present Channel Tunnel that supports a variety of wildlife and plants.

Dover Western Heights

These are some of the grandest and least visited fortifications in the UK, comprising walls, ditches, redoubts and gun sites dating from the Napoleonic era. See the ‘Grand Shaft’ Victorian triple stairway descending the cliffs.

Hawkinge Airfield

The Battle of Britain museum hosts an amazing collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts. Visit the cemetery and discover the sad yet inspiring story of a brave pilot – Tony Woods Scawan.

Capel le Ferne
Capel le Ferne

This is the Battle of Britain memorial on the cliffs overlooking the Channel.

Folkstone

Here, you can see the Ghurkha visitor centre and museum, which is staffed by Ghurkha soldiers at the Shorncliffe military base. Visit the cemetery where three Victoria Cross holders are buried.

Canterbury Cathedral

This is one of the great Cathedrals of the United Kingdom.

Ramsgate

The old harbour and Maritime museum are well worth exploring.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500