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Borough bus tour is Blessed boost

by Jim Dunton Wed 17 July 2013, 3:49 pm

A new open-top bus tour taking in Medway's top sites and explaining the borough's rich heritage has been launched for a summer run.

Narrated by actor Brian Blessed, the tour takes in Rochester Castle and Cathedral, Fort Amherst, Brompton Royal Engineers Museum, the Chatham Maritime area, Dickens World, the Historic Dockyard Chatham, and Eastgate House.

Seven buses a day offer the hop-on, hop-off service, and are staffed with guides wearing Dickensian costume in celebration of the author’s links with the borough.

Blessed said Medway was packed with history and that the tour revived happy memories of visiting the area as a youth.

“Rochester Castle is just beatific,” he said.

“It’s amazing. It’s the best Norman castle I’ve ever seen, and with the Cathedral alongside – every nook and cranny is history”.

The introduction of the bus tour follows Medway’s best-ever year for toursim last year, which the council said saw around 470,000 visitors to the area.

It is set to run until September 1.

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