England is not just about London. Countryside is also worth a visit, if you ask the English.
So Jan & I planned a weekend trip with his parents to the southern part of UK. Despite the driving dilemmas which took most of the first half on our first day and having only 2 full days on this trip, we managed to visit the planned places to see in Kent. This itinerary is for the strong knees and lungs.
Driving in UK is new for all of us. Jan lost his license and the paper he had from the Danish police was not credible enough (at least here in London) and my in-laws didn’t have their licenses with them. And even if they had, my mom-in-law was sure she wouldn’t dare. So I managed to rent the car under my name (which took an hour negotiating due to credit/debit card sh*t check) and ended up driving for the first time in UK. You bet, my passengers were in the thin line of having a heart attack several times during my left side of the road driving. But since you are are reading this now, you know were back in London safe and whole.
We arrived by noon in Leeds Castle and had our lunch before we toured around.
Upon entry to the castle, there is a video about the building, changes and historical events through the years. The tour inside begins from the ground passing several rooms, paintings and other details going up.
Aside from the castle, there is a maze and grotto & falconry shows to look forward too. Leeds castle looked like it’s not only popular to adults but most especially to kids.
Leeds Castle Entrance Fee: GBP 24.90
Afternoon wine in Biddenden
A 30-45 minutes drive took us to Biddenden vineyard. Instead of doing some wine tasting as planned, the Danes decided to just try a bottle of rosé made by the vineyard coupled with some crisps and chit chatting. (Were they worried of getting drunk, because I was driving? LOL)
Friday night pubbing in Deal
I chose the small town of Deal as our first overnight place. During my research I found out that the area has a seafront and pubs with sea view. And it’s just half an hour drive away Dover White Cliffs.
True enough, Deal has it’s own beauty and charm which attract tourists. The bed & breakfast we stayed at was quite unique with a very British pub in the ground floor. At night you can hear the live music upstairs but it wasn’t the kind of noise that would keep you up all night. We all had a good night sleep and enjoyed a plate of english breakfast the day after.
Overnight: The Kings Head at Deal, Kent
Clifftop walking in Dover White Cliffs
In our next day itinerary were the Dover White Cliffs and Canterbury town. We spent a short, an hour and a half clifftop strolling. There are other two options on how much you want to spend time, with 3 and 4 hours tours respectively. With 3 hours you take a walk to South Foreland Lighthouse; with 4 hours you can enjoy a tour of Fan Bay Deep Shelter and the lighthouse.
The rest of Saturday was spent roaming and pub-bing around Canterbury town.
Things we did in Canterbury
1. Strolled around the city. There were many people that day, it was a bank holiday.
2. Explored the hidden pubs and enjoy a beer or a cocktail called “pig f#cker” – only served in Canterbury, we were told.
3. Went along with the city hustle and enjoyed an outdoor meal.
4. Checked out a local store selling locally made ‘on the spot’ products such as vases and ceramics.
5. Visited the Canterbury Cathedral, said to be the most important pilgrimage centre in Europe after the death of Thomas Becket which thought to cause miracles to take place.
The cathedral is the Mother church for Anglicans worldwide.
Overnight: Holiday Express Inn at Canterbury, Kent
Back to London. In-laws back to Denmark.