Following collection we drive directly to the Manston Spitfire and Hurricane Museum, which is free to enter although voluntary donations are encouraged. Spitfire flight simulation is available £10/10 minutes. This is an unbelievably thrilling and exhilarating experience. A £30, 30 minute flight, is strongly recommended. A great way to start the day. On our journey there we will pass a significant Roman site and Richmond Fort.
Located at the same site as the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum entry is £5. Although not specifically Spitfire or Hurricane related, this is a fantastic aeronautical museum featuring many whole and part aircraft extensively detailing the history of RAF plane evolution. The wartime street reconstruction is a powerful way of experiencing how local life during World War Two felt. This is a really interesting, engaging and beautifully presented museum.
On the way back to the Dover area we will pass and have options to stop at or at least drive through or past a number of different sites. The scenic drive in itself takes in the beautiful English countryside and coastal scenery. Options of stopping at these sites will depend on lunch options and whether a visit to a second Spitfire Museum in Hawkinge (£10 adult, £9 concessions and £4 Children) is chosen.
The options on route back to Dover include,
Somewhere along this part of your journey we would stop for lunch at a setting of your choice. A Coffee shop/Tea Room, a beach side Pub or restaurant or a country pub or restaurant. My links with local eateries enables me to book in advance on your behalf. Notice is preferable although bookings are also possible on the day of the tour.
After lunch and in an order dependent on choices made in the morning we would then move on to...
A short stop to take in the views across the south east coast and the Sothern downs where there lots of points of interest to observe. We may also see Spitfires flying from this point onwards.
This Official National Monument has a free admission and a must see on this tour. (See images).. Spitfires are often seen flying above the memorial.
This large 'Spitfire Museum' boasts an unrivaled and extensive array of Battle of Britain memorabilia and artifacts from over 700 crashed aircraft. Additional entry required £10 adult, £9 concessions and £5 children.
Depending on time and preferences, your last activity of your tour is offered as a walk along a section of the white cliffs, a visit to the foot of the cliffs at Samphire Hoe or a return to Dover Seafront for a relax on the beach. This choice can be decided on the day. The clifftop walk may be walking a three mile section 'point to point' or perhaps just a gentle stroll there and back, perhaps to take in Abbotts Cliff sound mirror and the beautiful and dramatic views from this area. Again a really good chance of seeing Spitfires in the air from all of theses sites.
The tour can conclude at a point of your choosing . providnig it is approximately the same distance as the point of collection. If you'd like to be left for an evening meal on the sea front, that's fine too.