You’ll explore one of the UK’s best-preserved and best-looking castles on this trip. Despite sharing its name with the Yorkshire city, this place is 45 minutes’ drive from Dover, on the south coast of Kent. Picturesque Leeds Castle is set on an island in the middle of a lake, with rolling green gardens all around. After a 25-minute stroll along the scenic outdoor trails, you’ll cross the bridge into the castle itself. It’s been frequented by royals through the ages – King Edward I lived here in the 13th century and King Henry VIII used it as a home for one of his wives. You’ll roam around the chambers and halls inside, spying Medieval artefacts and paintings along the way. After you visit, you'll take a scenic drive back to Dover. Adult price from £48.
Outings don’t get more quintessentially English than this one – you’ll tuck in to a traditional cream tea as you chug through the countryside on an old-school steam locomotive. To start with, though, you’ll drive from the port in Dover to the pretty Kentish town of Tenterden. After walking through the quaint centre, dotted with Georgian and Elizabethan houses, you’ll stop at the platform of the town’s train station. But instead of the sliding doors of a modern train, you’ll hop aboard a classic steam engine pulling nostalgia-inducing carriages. As you pootle along the Kent and East Sussex Rail Line, you’ll be served a tasty cream tea as the emerald-coloured countryside flickers by. After an hour and a quarter on the rails you’ll come to a stop in the village of Bodiam, where a coach will be waiting to take you back to Dover. Adult price from £58.
Want a whistle-stop tour of Dover’s most iconic landmark? This tour’s on the case. First of all, you’ll take a drive to Samphire Hoe. This beauty spot’s situated right at the foot of the famous chalk-faced cliffs, so you can take some up-close pictures. Then, you’ll head up to the top of the cliffs for another photo stop. This time, it’s the views out over the English Channel that are in the frame. Keep your eyes peeled for Dover’s famed castle, too. Adult price from £20.
The village of Abbotsbury’s home to a pair of popular natural attractions – a huge swan sanctuary and a 200-year-old tropical garden. You’ll visit the latter first, after an hour-long drive from the port. The Abbotsbury Gardens are made up of 20 acres of plant and tree-filled meadows. The climate in the area’s perfect for growing exotic flowers like camellias and magnolias, which serve as some of the garden’s centrepieces. You’ll have 45 minutes to explore the groves and walk along the wooded trails, before getting back on the coach for a 20-minute journey to Abbotsbury Swannery. This swan sanctuary’s been around since 1393, and today over 1,000 mute swans – a species that’s naturally quieter than other swans – use this place as a nesting area. You'll have plenty of time during your visit to walk along the waterfront and take some photos of the swans. Adult price from £38.
During this trip, you’ll head to Minterne House, one of Dorset’s biggest countryside estates, for a look at its regal manor and manicured gardens. First, you’ll journey to the village of Cerne Abbas, where you’ll stop for photos at its 1,000-year-old Benedictine abbey. From here, you’ll continue on to Minterne House, passing the 180-foot-tall Cerne Abbas Giant hill carving on the way – it’s over 400 years old. When you arrive at Minterne House, you’ll head inside for a look at its portrait collection, tapestries and glamourous rooms. You’ll also explore the gardens, which spread out for over a mile and are home to everything from Himalayan plants and trees to picture-perfect lakes and waterfalls. Finally, you’ll kick back and take in the scenery while you sip on a cup of tea. Adult price from £48.
The Bovington Tank Museum’s one of the biggest of its kind in the world, with a collection of over 300 vehicles from 26 countries. During this outing, you’ll have a few hours to explore the museum and take a look at its mammoth machines. First, you’ll hop on a coach for the one-hour-long journey to the museum. Then, it's time to explore – the collection here has everything from World War One-era tanks to vehicles that are currently used by the British Army. The most famous piece, though, is Tiger 131. This German tiger tank saw action in Tunisia during the Second World War, before being captured by British soldiers and shipped back to the UK in 1943. It’s in great condition, and is the only tiger tank in the world that still works. When you’ve finished admiring its huge cannon and thick armour, you can take a look at the rest of the machinery, medals and uniforms on display. Adult price from £42.