Visits

FORTHCOMING

Thursday 5 September, 2019

LEEDS CASTLE & GARDENS

Leeds Castle has been described as the loveliest castle in the world and is one of the best places to visit in Southern England for history and garden lovers. Originally built in the 12th Century, special celebrations during 2019 will mark its 900th Anniversary. The Castle is built on two islands in a lake. 500 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland include water features, a maze consisting of 2400 yew trees which exit into a shell grotto and a golf course.

A coach will leave the Sandwich Guildhall at 08.30 for a private guided tour at 09.45 and the rest of the day is for members to explore the gardens at their leisure. Whilst not yet finalised, the coach is expected to return to the Guildhall by about 16:45.  The cost of the visit will be £41 excluding refreshments which can be enjoyed at the Castle Restaurant and the Maze café.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Philippa Clarke at philippaclarke999@hotmail.com


 

FORTHCOMING

Thursday 9 May, 2019

ELTHAM PALACE & GARDEN

Eltham Palace is a unique marriage between a medieval and Tudor palace and a 1930s millionaire’s mansion. From the 14th to the 16th century it was an important royal palace, where monarchs often stayed and hunted in the surrounding parks. After centuries of neglect, Eltham was leased to the Courtauld family in 1933 who resolved to make it the masterpiece of 20th century Art Deco design that we see today. The exquisite gardens and highly regarded architectural features within the house are considered a very valuable addition to our heritage.

A visit has been arranged to Eltham Palace and Gardens to include entrance to the house with a private guided tour at 1.30pm. A coach will leave Sandwich at 8am from the Guildhall. Members will be able to tour the gardens at their leisure beforehand. Cost: £45.  (For English Heritage Members and National Art Pass Holders £31).

If you are interested in attending, please contact Philippa Clarke at philippaclarke999@hotmail.com


 

2018

Thursday, 6th September

RESTORATION HOUSE & ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL

A full day Visit by coach

RESTORATION HOUSE

“There is no finer pre-civil war town house than this in England” - to quote Simon Jenkins in The Times.      Restoration House is a unique survival of a city mansion.    Situated in the heart of Rochester, the house takes it’s name from the stay of King Charles II on the eve of the Restoration.

After a private tour of the house we will visit the unusually large and well stocked walled garden.

ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL

We will enjoy a specially organised private Tour of this magnificent  cathedral and the recently restored crypt, followed by tea in the crypt.


 

2018

April

TWO TEMPLE PLACE

 In April a group visited a special exhibition: ‘Rhythm and Jazz: the Age of Jazz in Britain’. This was sponsored by the Arts Society, in partnership with the Bulldog Trust which manages Two Temple Place, as part of the Golden Anniversary celebrations.


 

2018

Wednesday, 14th March

THE GRANGE & ST AUGUSTINE’S SHRINE - RAMSGATE

A half day Visit - we will organise our own transport

THE GRANGE

The house was built by the renowned architect, Augustus Pugin,  in 1843 for himself and his family.  A visit to the house offers a unique chance to step into his colourful and idiosyncratic world.

ST AUGUSTINE’S SHRINE

Next door to the Grange is this fascinating and dramatic church which was Pugin’s personal project.


2017

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY & HORNIMAN MUSEUM & GARDENS

A Visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the water colours of John Singer Sargent. Followed by a visit to the Horniman Museum and Gardens.


 

2017

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM & QUEEN'S HOUSE

A full day Visit to the National Maritime Museum and newly renovated Queen's House.