Excursion Programme

The residential Northbourne Park International Language Centre course includes a wide range of stimulating activities, including trips to the historic City of Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, Chatham Dockyard and Leeds Castle to name a few.


Canterbury's skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedral, the oldest in England. But the cathedral is only part of the story; the ancient ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church form Canterbury's UNESCO World Heritage Site while other ancient ruins such as the Castle are reminders of the city's history, heritage and culture. Although Canterbury is a place steeped in tradition it is also a modern and vibrant city. Take time to walk through the winding streets and explore the many shops and cafes. Alternatively, take a river trip to appreciate the city from a different angle.

Leeds Castle

Explore the 900 year history of this beautiful castle on an excursion to Leeds Castle.
Set on an island, the castle interiors are lavish and worthy of a castle that was once inhabited by Henry VIII's wife Catherine of Aragon. Apart from the main castle building, visitors can spend time visiting the aviary, craft café, dog collar museum, golf course, vineyard, falconry and maze.
The Knights realm is a scale model adventure playground of the real castle and a great way to finish off the day out.

Dover Castle

Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs of Dover this magnificent castle has stood for 20 centuries.
Explore the darkly atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels with a vivid recreation of the Dunkirk evacuation, complete with dramatic projections of swooping Spitfires and real film footage.
Enjoy a colourful contrast with the richly-furnished Great Tower, where costumed actors introduce medieval life at King Henry II's court.
With exciting exhibitions, winding tunnels to explore, ghosts to hunt out - and of course restaurants, shops and the space for to run around - an action-packed day out awaits!

Chatham Dockyard

The Historic Dockyard Chatham offers a fun and educational day out.  From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands Crisis, ships have been built, repaired and manned from Chatham Dockyard.  Discover ship building from 14th century sailing ships to 20th century warships and submarines.
Climb aboard these 3 historic warships and join the crew of HMS Gannet as they undertake a dangerous anti-slavery operation in the Red Sea.  Discover how HMS Ocelot can sneak up unseen and destroy ships, and experience what life was really like on board HMS Cavalier, the ‘fastest ship in the fleet’.

Tour the Ropery for a Victorian workshop.
Experience 18th century dockyard life.
Let off steam in the Dockyard’s locomotives railway workshop.
These are just some of the activities you can enjoy on a day out at the Historic Chatham Dockyard.

Dickens World

Inspired by the works of one of the most popular English authors in history, Dickens World has an assortment of attractions to keep visitors entertained.  Jump on board the Great Expectations Boat Ride for splashing good fun, take a trip back in time to a Victorian School complete with nasty schoolmaster or get spooked in The Haunted House of 1859.

Come face to face with some of Charles Dickens’ famous characters as they bring to life the work of this great writer.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

From glass fronted tiger enclosures offering a close encounter with the biggest of cats to gorillas, clouded leopards, monkeys, and hundreds of rare and endangered species from around the world; Howletts Wild Animal Park is an exciting day out for all ages. Howletts is also home to the UK's largest herd of African elephants and the Black Rhino breeding sanctuary. Walk alongside the lively Lemur family or sit back and marvel at the incredible Silverback Gorillas. There really is something to enchant everyone.

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Set in 600 acres, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park offers a treat for everyone.
Siberian and Indian tigers, Barbary lions, small cats, monkeys and many other rare and endangered species are just some of the amazing animals you can see at Port Lympne.
Board one of the safari vehicles for the ultimate Africna adventure. The African Experience takes visitors across open plains with giraffe, black rhino, wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, antelope and other wildlife roaming free, visitors could almost be on the grasslands of Africa. Then hold onto your nerves as you visit the lions, tigers and hyenas in Carnivore Territory.
Both Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks were set up by the late John Aspinall to protect and breed rare and endangered species and, where possible, returning them to safe areas in the wild.

Canterbury Cathedral Leeds Castle Dover Castle HMS Gannet at Chatham Dockyard Dickens World Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks