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Description County Dover
The County Hotel is convenient to everything Dover has to offer, and is only 90 km (56 miles) away from Dover International Airport.Featured in each room, among other amenities, are Non Smoking Rooms, Hair Dryer, Television , Coffee/Tea Maker.For the comfort and convenience of guests, you'll also Bar/Pub, Restaurant, Room Service, Disabled Facilities, Babysitting on-site.Gym/Fitness Facilities are on-site for guests' enjoyment.Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel.When you're ready to book a room at County Hotel, please enter your travel dates into the secure online booking form and click.
The history of the castle dates back to the Norman Conquest when one of the Norman nobles, Richard Fitz Herbert, was given land at a crossing of the river Medway. A typical motte and bailey wooden castle was built, but this was destroyed some years later during a rebellion. It was rebuilt in stone and the twin-towered gatehouse was added in the 13th century. The gatehouse still stands and is considered among the finest in England. The castle had a succession of owners but the Civil War saw an end to its existence and parts of it were gradually demolished and used for buildings elsewhere.
The grounds are free of charge and are open daily 8am to dusk. There is an admission fee for the castle which is open 9am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays, and 10.30am to 5pm Sundays. There is an audio tour which lasts about one hour and is also available in French, German, Dutch and Spanish. The tour offers interactive displays and tableaux recreating medieval life.
Chatham Historic Dockyard
Chatham Dockyard built ships from the 16th to the 20th century, the last one launched in 1966. Many of these were Royal Navy warships, including HMS Victory. This maritime heritage and many of the original buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries have now been preserved as a visitor and educational attraction. Covering 80 acres, the Dockyard has land-based displays such as the Wooden Walls, describing the 18th century navy, and the Ropery, and also three different types of ship to visit: a Victorian sloop, a World War 2 destroyer and a 1960s submarine. There is also a lifeboat display.
The site has a shop, café and car park. It is open daily from February to October; hours vary, details are on the website. Land displays are accessible for the disabled, but visits to the ships are difficult. Virtual tours are available as an alternative.
The Hop Farm
The Hop Farm is set in 400 acres of the Kent Countryside and has a museum where you can see old farming traditions and some of the machinery that was used. There are around 12 Oast houses which are located in the Oast Village and here you can see how they used to make beer. They still grow hops purely for demonstration purposes.
There is also a small farm holding area where you can walk around and visit pigs, sheep, cows and many other animals. Facilities also include a new Skypark which provides activities for visitors, a gift shop, craft centre and tea rooms. Car parking is available and free. Opening times are 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm) and they are open year round,except between 24th-31st December
La Coupole was one of several sites in northern France built for the assembly and launching of V2 rockets in 1944/1945. Protection from bombing was a necessity, and most of the facility was protected by a huge concrete dome (hence "coupole"). Inevitably it was destroyed and the site was abandoned before any V2s could be launched.
Today the dome and entrance tunnels are still visible, damaged and leaning, as they were left after the air raids. The interior has been converted into a museum which not only records the development and deployment of the V2s, but also life in occupied France. It also looks ahead to space technology and the moon landings which were a direct result of the V2 rocket technology.
If you live near enough to the Channel to make a day-trip practical, then this is an ideal destination. It's only 45 minutes from Calais. Take the A26 (Paris, Reims) out of Calais and come off at the third exit. From there you wind your way along small roads and through several villages but every junction is sign-posted.
It is open 9am - 6pm except July and August when it is 10am to 7pm. Closed over Christmas and New Year. It is popular with school parties, and the museum is not huge, so best times to go are weekends or school holidays. Entrance prices for 2006 are adults €9, children (5-16) €6, family €19.50.
Allow at least 2 hours for the visit. There is some basic catering at the site, and a nice picnic area if you want to take your own. Alternatively there is a reasonable choice of restaurants nearby. The nearest town is St Omer.
It should be of interest to all ages except very young children. All parts of the site are accessible to the disabled.