Dover welcomes you with frescoed Roman ruins and World War II tunnels. The Kent region was Henry VIII’s getaway spot, and you can experience “the garden of England”, too. Henry VIII inherited Leeds and Dover Castles which you can visit. Nearby countryside is home to two of the world’s great gardens, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, and historic Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO site. You can take a relaxed approach and sample England’s oldest beer, made in the area, stroll local beaches (near the cottage where Ian Fleming is reputed to have written James Bond novels) and sample the fare in Dover’s gastropubs. However you spend your day, Dover is a fine first port of call.