We will follow UK Government guidance with regard to safety measures in the classroom. However, regardless of any restrictions in place, we will encourage social-distancing, implement regular thorough cleaning, hand sanitiser will be provided, and classrooms will be well ventilated.
Our homestay hosts will provide a safe, comfortable and friendly place to stay. If you test positive for covid-19, you will self-isolate at your homestay or private accommodation (if applicable).
Our priority is to do our best to keep our students safe. As a result there may be times when we may not be able to offer our traditional social programme.
Please see our Covid-19 Guidelines, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Please always check your own country's travel regulations about entering and departing England.
Hilderstone College is located in the centre of the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs in south-east England.
It is 110 km from London (80 minutes by high-speed train), 30 minutes from the historic city of Canterbury and within easy access of the Channel Tunnel and port of Dover.
There are many restaurants, pubs and coffee bars where you can meet friends. Close by there are also shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, music venues, bowling alleys, sports centres, markets and an amusement park. The old part of Broadstairs still retains the beauty of a picturesque fishing village. During the 19th century Broadstairs became popular with members of the royal family and famous artists and writers. Charles Dickens wrote much of his work here and called it his "beloved Broadstairs". The town remains very popular with visitors today.
Broadstairs is situated on the coast between Margate and Ramsgate. The area is known as Thanet and was originally an island, separated from the mainland by the Wantsum Channel.
Margate is the largest of the three towns and is a traditional holiday seaside resort with beautiful sandy beaches, a vibrant 'old town' with a cafe culture, retro shops and the wonderful Turner Contemporary art gallery. Dreamland amusement park is also an exciting place to visit.
Ramsgate has a maritime history dating back hundreds of years. It boasts a royal harbour full of boats and yachts and surrounded by cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy boat trips to go fishing or see the seals, explore the old smugglers' caves or take a pleasant cliff-top walk. On a clear day you can see France across the Channel.
Westwood Cross shopping centre is located just outside Broadstairs and there is a regular bus service from the town centre. With over fifty shops and restaurants, it is open seven days a week. There is a multi-screen cinema, a health club and a casino too. There are special events and market stalls to enjoy.
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Travelling to Broadstairs is simple and there are many different possibilities explained below. Once we have confirmed your enrolment and you have made your travel plans, please complete the arrival information form.
Please note that a supplementary charge of £20 is made for late arrivals between 22:30 and 0:00 (midnight) and an additional £20 if departing before 06:30. Hosts cannot accept students between 0:00 and 08:00. Please make alternative arrangements to stay in a hotel.
We are happy to organise a taxi transfer from any of the arrival points below. If you would like us to organise your taxi transfer, just click on the link above and complete the arrival information form. We'll do the rest!
Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick or London City airport: £170
Luton airport: £180
Dover ferry port: £85
If you share your taxi transfer, the cost can be divided by the number of students, but please note that the total cost may increase slightly, as we may need to hire a different type of vehicle. Please tell us the names of all the people sharing on the arrival information form.
Broadstairs is 1 hour and 20 minutes by direct train from St Pancras International station in London. From Victoria station it is 1 hour and 50 minutes.
If you are travelling at the weekend ask for an 'off-peak return ticket', which will be much cheaper.
For 3 or more people travelling together a 'group saver' ticket is a lot cheaper.
Travelling from Heathrow? Travel by underground train to Victoria then on to Broadstairs for a cheaper fare.
Train times and routes website
Stansted Express to Tottenham Hale
TFL link (Transport For London)
If you are travelling to England by Eurostar, it will terminate at St Pancras International in London.
You can travel to Broadstairs by coach from London Victoria coach station. It takes about 3 hours.
National Express coach website
Detailed information about travelling to Broadstairs by train or coach here