From being a Saxon stronghold first mentioned in AD664 to its role as a Cinque Port, Sandwich is richly woven with history and traditions. The Domesday Book even states that Sandwich was, both in size and importance, ranked 4th after London, Norwich and Ipswich.
Sandwich boasts many original medieval buildings, churches, almshouses and public houses - it contains the highest number of listed buildings per head of population than any other town in the UK!
The Guildhall, in the heart of Sandwich, is a good starting point from which to explore the town – a map is recommended so as not to become lost in the maze of ancient streets.
Set within the beautiful Garden of England, Sandwich is surrounded by various areas of natural beauty. The Secret Gardens of Sandwich at the Salutation Manor House are an oasis of calm and tranquillity, lovingly restored after years of neglect, the afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes are strongly recommended.
At Pfizer Monk’s Wall Nature Reserve land was reclaimed from the river and sea by the Monks of Sandwich, rare birds are a feature with almost weekly occurrences in the summer, the site was opened by Bill Oddie in May 2000. And at Gazen Salts Nature Reserve you can follow beautiful winding paths through waterways, woodland and grassland across 15 acres.
Wildlife can also be observed via an excursion on the River Stour water bus which arranges excursions to see seals and birds in the estuary, as well as visits to historic sites. (www.sandwichriverbus.co.uk)
Sandwich has an excellent selection of warm and friendly eateries specialising in local produced, al-la-carte and world cuisine. Many of the public houses also do a fine range of wines and cask ales.
There is an intriguing mix of festivals, historic events and town occasions throughout the year including ‘Le Weekend’, Sandwich Folk ‘n’ Ale Weekend, Sandwich Festival and the Christmas Carnival. The following websites contain up-to-date information www.open-sandwich.co.uk and www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk.
The are also four golf courses in the local vicinity – including the Royal St. George which will host the British Open Championship this summer
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Sandwich. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Sandwich, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & cooked breakfast basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Day excursion ideas, when extra nights booked:
* Sandwich River Bus
* Secret Gardens of Sandwich
* Canterbury Cathedral & shopping
* White Mill Rural Heritage Centre
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements