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Canterbury & Rochester Dickensian Christmas

Canterbury & Rochester Dickensian Christmas

Rochester comes alive with the celebration of the works of the great novelist for the popular Dickensian Christmas Festival. Celebrating the life of Charles Dickens at his home and inspiration for many years, you can walk back in time along the High Street and feel the atmosphere of this extraordinary celebration.

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Look out for favourite Dickens’ characters portrayed in his novels, which include old Ebenezer Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Pip, Miss Havisham and many more. Take delight in the stalls and street entertainment, where many locals join in by dressing up in Victorian costume as they parade the streets of Rochester and the Castle gardens. Guaranteed snowfall will set the Christmas scene. We also visit Canterbury, where the oldest Cathedral in England dominates its skyline. Soak up the city’s rich history at St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, or shop amongst the winding lanes. This fine city enjoys some of the most elegant architecture in the country.


Price includes:

  • Return coach travel

  • 1 night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

  • Full Cooked Breakfast with a choice of hot & cold dishes

  • 3 course dinner menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

Supplements (subject to availability)

Single room supplement Nil on first 7


Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Departure: 0600 - 0700 hrs. Travel to Canterbury, making a comfort stop en-route. Arrive around late morning. Canterbury’s stunning Cathedral, the oldest in England, dominates its skyline. Explore the city’s history, heritage and culture – shop amongst the winding lanes or relax on a boat trip along the River Stour. There’s an abundance of things to do in this fine city. Later, check in to the hotel.


Day 2

After breakfast, travel to Rochester. Spend your free time enjoying the festivities of the Dickensian Festival. Take delight in the Victorian shops and craft stalls, see a short pantomime in the auditorium and enjoy the funfair in the castle gardens. Guaranteed snowfall creates a Christmassy scene. Listen to readings of Dickens’ novels or visit the Charles Dickens Centre. Depart mid-afternoon. Arrive home: mid-evening.



4* Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel, Dartford

The 4-star Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel & Spa is set amongst beautiful countryside, making it a great option for those looking to relax and explore.


Bedrooms: En-suite with TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and board, radio.

Facilities: Bar, lounge, Pool, gym, Spa. 

Mobility Information: No lift in hotel. Ground floor bedrooms.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Blaby Cross Roads Blaby Cross Roads, Holly Grove Bus Stop
Hinckley Bus Station Hinckley Bus Station, Stand E, CE
Last Stand at Junction of Rugby Road
leiamtwd -Paddock St Paddock Street, Bus stop opposite Car Park
Leicester, St Margarets Stop CH - Charles Street junction with Halford St
Market Harborough Market Harborough Bus Layby outside Market Hall
nwmdmjgd - Birmingham CSt Birmingham Coach Station
Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD
Oadby - St Peters Church Bus Stop opposite St Peters Church
South Wigston Blaby Road Bus Stop opposite Eric Wrights Carpets
South Wigston

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