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Dickens' Kent: Rochester & Chatham Historic Dockyards Day Trip


Includes British Martime/Naval Heritage and Call the Midwife filming locations

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This is a suggested tour itinerary for private departures, adjustable to best suit your specific wishes. Price based on how many travelers and your chosen package inclusions.


Full Day from London, 09:00 - approx 18:00

Rochester is a gem of a city with a cathedral and Norman castle. It overflows with Dickens sites, places where he lived and those mentioned in his books such as ‘Mrs Havisham's House' in Great Expectations, the real Restoration House. This is a home with an interesting history, connections to Cromwell and King Charles II plus it offers a large walled garden with a Tudor wall.


Chatham Historic Dockyard is a maritime museum covering over 80 acres located on part of what was the Royal Navy's main docks for several hundred years. Charles Dickens lived in the area as a child when his father found work for a time as a Naval clerk. Dickens loved the Docks, returned often as an adult, and referred to them as a "place of wonderment." Today the museum is a collection of several historic buildings and museums including 3 Naval warships, a recreation of working life on the docks circa 1758, a Victorian rope factory, a lifeboat memorial with 17 historic vessels and an old smithery. Fans of the BBC show Call the Midwife might find the area familiar as this is where much of the series is filmed, the docks 'playing' London's East End of the 1950s.




Please note that your final itinerary may fluctuate to accommodate variable opening times/days for listed attractions, special events and places of interest. Please discuss your needs with us for an individual itinerary with rate quote.


Oft imitated, never duplicated! This is an original SGT itinerary, property of Special Group Tours and to be used only with express permission/in conjunction with SGT.


What Your Tour Package Includes

This is a suggested tour itinerary and can be modified to best you your individual wishes.


A private/custom London day trip is a standard day up to 9 hours total, typically 09:00 - approximately 18:00 - variable by request. You would be picked up from and returned to your central London hotel.


Entrance fees and cost of lunch are not included in your up front rate quote and would be paid directly during your touring day.


The final price may vary per specific requirements but as a rough estimate, expect approximate rates for a private day trip to be:

Standard car accommodating from 1 - 3 guests, approx $725 USD flat rate

MPV/SUV accommodating from 4 - 7 guests, approx $850 USD flat rate

16 seat mini-coach accommodating from 8 - 15 guests, approx $925 USD flat rate


We are happy to assist with your overall holidayplans to UK/Europe if you wish. Please ask us for details. SGT is at your service!

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The Special Group Tours Advantage is our unique and intimate understanding of what you expect traveling in the UK and Europe. We have not only visited but have spent many years living in and loving the cultures you will experience down the ‘B’ Roads and off the beaten track. We have worked with local suppliers and our guide/companion team for over a decade, creating unique special interest itineraries. Special Group Tours offers our “insider” knowledge to you.


The SGT Small Group Touring Concept is traveling with just 4 - 14 guests per departure. It is our aim to introduce you to the 'real' country and its people, not just ticking the boxes of a standardized route and treating you as an individual and not a number. Our concept allows for a leisurely touring pace and flexibility to get off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Of course you'll see the major sites but so much more too!


At Special Group Tours, it is our priority that you have the most enjoyable holiday possible. You deserve it!