I have lived in Kent on and off for 20+ years. Kent is one hour from London and one hour from France and our history is intertwined with both. I spend a lot of time in London and have qualified to guide in London as a Blue Badge guide. I also guide in certain spots in Kent due to my previous life.
East Kent is a fascinating historical setting with history from the Bronze age, the Romans, Viking raiders and a coastline defended against all the wars in our history.
Christianity as we know it today started here, in Kent, in 597 when the Monk, Augustine, came to Canterbury. Canterbury is a UNESCO world Heritage site. The Cathedral is the most important church in the whole of England and the murder of Thomas Becket in the Cathedral led to Canterbury becoming a famous pilgrimage site. I am a qualified Cathedral guide too.
My husband was in the military and to that end I do tours of East Kent. Front Line Folkestone is a tour covering the history of this coast being in the front line of battles since Roman times. Dover Castle was the operational HQ for rescuing the soldiers off the beach in Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain raged above Kent giving it the nickname “Hellfire corner”.
Unusually I actually lived in Dover Castle for three years, in the Constable’s Tower, so, if you wish to have an insiders view of the military in this area I’d be delighted to do tours.
Would you like to know London better? Let me show you the interesting and sometimes hidden parts of this amazing city. Even if you think you know a place, for example Westminster Abbey, you might like to see it through the eyes of a professional guide. To me Westminster Abbey is an attic of treasures waiting to be unearthed,
The London Blue Badge also qualifies me to guide in Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge and Oxford in addition to the key London sites. I am also an accredited Windsor guide.
I specialise in walking tours so if you would like to be active and learn, please get in touch.