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The magical history tour - Medway's new open top tour bus starts this weekend

Date: 28/06/2013           Category: Tourism

Medway’s new open top tour bus starts tomorrow, Saturday, 29 June, with much loved actor Brian Blessed providing the on-board commentary.

The star’s famous booming voice will guide visitors on board the bus, which links destinations including Rochester Castle and Cathedral, Fort Amherst, Brompton Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham Maritime, Dickens World, The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Eastgate House.

Passengers will hear about Medway’s rich and varied history, and the all day, hop-on/ hop-off ticket will enable them to stop off wherever they choose as well as enjoying discounted entry at some local attractions.

On board guides will be dressed in Dickensian costume, celebrating the famous author’s many links with the area.

Speaking about his love of the area, Blessed said: “History lives and breathes in Medway. I used to come here as a kid, on my bicycle and go all around to places like Rochester Castle, which for me is just beatific.

"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 bus tours will run on a trial basis following Medway Council’s best ever year for tourism, which saw around 470,000 visitors visiting the area.

The service will operate every weekend until 14 July, and then seven days a week from 20 July to 1 September.

The first bus leaves Medway Visitor Information Centre’s coach bay at 10am, then on the hour with the last bus departing at 4pm.

Further details are available at www.visitmedway.org.uk or by phoning 01634 338141.