US CONNECTIONS

Known as The Garden of England, there’s even more to beautiful Kent than its nickname suggests. Its stretches of coastline, which include the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and undulating countryside were backdrop to the Battle of Britain in World War II, home to mighty ports and warships, and witness to the Leeds Castle peace talks of 1978 and 2004.

As the county of Kent boasts the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, they left a lasting memory in the minds of those who set sail from England’s south coast, and were the first sign of arrival for ships coming into England. Robert Cushman, a key puritan who came from Kent and was married in Canterbury, negotiated the nancing and hiring of the Mayflower and later travelled to America on the Fortune. Adventurer Julius Brenchley, known as ‘Maidstone’s New World Explorer’ travelled from Maidstone in Kent to explore the largely unchartered regions of the USA.

Top of the list for any faith and religion tour is Canterbury Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Here you stand where Saint Thomas Becket was murdered, and view the altar ‘kneelers’ embroidered by the Washington Needlepoint Committee with owers representing every US state. Nearby Rochester is home to England’s second oldest cathedral.

Contact: Steve Law

T: 01227 812 900

E: steve.law@gotoplaces.co.uk

W: www.visitkent.co.uk

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