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Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

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Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Need to go to Cransbrook, Kent from Portsmouth and have 3-4 days to get there. Looking for suggestions for interesting things to do/see along the way. Or we would maybe do better hanging around Portsmouth area?

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1. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

There's no 'S' in Cranbrook.

Are you planning to hire a car or travel by train?

Cranbrook has no train station. The nearest is Staplehurst. If you want to do the journey in one hit by train, the most straightforward is a train from Portsmouth to London Waterloo, walk to Waterloo East for a train to Staplehurst then a taxi. About 3 hrs.

Portsmouth is always well praised here on TA as having lots to see & do (I've only been once, as a child so can't really provide recommendations).

But if you are driving and want to make a journey of it, one suggested route would be along the south coast via the popular destinations of Brighton, Hastings & Rye (each very different). Lots of other interesting places en route such as the Seven Sisters cliffs, Battle Abbey, Bodiam Castle etc.

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2. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Those are great suggestions. I'd stay in Old Portsmouth for a night and spend a morning in the historic dockyard and the D Day museum. Then follow the route suggested in the final paragraph.

Two other ideas : Lewes has interesting US connections (Thomas Paine) and some great antiques shops and pubs and is worth stopping a night in one of their excellent B&B's (google Lewes B&B). And "The Mermaid" in Rye is a very special place to stay for a night.

fFnally...both Rye and Lewes have excellent curry houses - whilst I'm sure you have Indian food in Boston, you really should try it here.

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3. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Nothing at all wrong with the coastal route as previously suggested although you could also opt for an essentially inland route, perhaps including Hever Castle, Chartwell, Tunbridge Wells, and Knole House, amongst others. Particularly if you are hiring a car, you might be able to combine elements of both a coastal and an inland route.

We may be able to make suggestions around your dates of travel, if you could post them.

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4. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Arglye_Mikey - would you suggest Arundel?

Also, thinking about history, Hastings/Battle/Pevensey - 1066 and all that.

You might also consider a day trip to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth.

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5. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Arundel was also in my thoughts, a good call. Just thought the op had enough options already. A good alternative to Lewes.

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6. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Thank you all for your very helpful suggestions. Will be driving this route so again many thanks

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7. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Thank you for coming back to acknowledge :-) It means a lot to the DEs and regular contributors!

Have a great time.

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8. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

Would definiately go to Cranbrook by way of the coastal route as you pass very close by some real gems. Here are some highlights from West-East

Portsmouth (though much was heavily bombed in world war 2) still retains some character and charm particularly in the historic dockyard area surrounded by the large ships

Chichester is a quaint cethedral city, with roman walls, if the weather is nice, worth a detour to West Wittering beach which has white sand-dunes and great walks around chichester harbour

Arundel, small town on hill with massive fairytale castle and cathedaral

Brighton, the most cosmopolitan of the UK seaside towns, with grand regency archectecture great shopping eating and culture and the faboulous royal pavillion

Lewes, handsome county town in the towns, with castle, abbey, pretty georgian streets and lots of history

Hastings, quirky part medieval fishing harbour part victorian resort with a lovely old town between the cliffes and good coastal walks in the hills to the east

Battle, site of the Battle of Hastings complete with Abbey

Rye, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the UK with great mix of cobbled streets and timber houses

All of the afformentioned towns have a good range of accommodation, and places to eat, drink and be merry and any would be suitable for stopovers on the way

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9. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

I would spend a few days in Portsmouth as there is so much in portsmouth and the surrounding areas

Portsmouth for

Dockyard = HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Mary Rose story.

http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/dockyard

Visit Charles Dickens birth place, have a wander round a roman castle.. visit Southsea castle, Fort Nelson houses the Royal Armouries collection of artillery on Portsdown hill over looking the city. Theres the D-day museum and The Royal Marines museum all on the on the sea front, Catch a 5 min ferry ride to Gosport for the Royal Naval Submarine Museum. Go to the top of the spinnaker tower you can see for 25 miles on a clear day..lol

Wander around Old Portsmouth, see where the First Fleet of ships carrying convicts to Australia departed Portsmouth, England on 13 May 1787, have a wander around Portsmouth museum, walk along the old sea defences square and round tower dating from around 1600's,

Take a trip on the worlds oldest hovercraft service and the only passenger hovercraft service in Europe over to the Isle of Wight to visit Queen Victoria's family home.

I could go on...theres loads to do...lol

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10. Re: Portsmouth to Cransbrook Kent

When is the Mary Rose re-opening to visitors Dave?