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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Boxing Day Tour from London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Spend Boxing Day delving into the rich history and beauty of Kent on this full-day coach trip from London. Escape London’s shopping crowds and pass through historical, maritime Greenwich on route to Leeds Castle in Kent. Take a guided tour of this fairy tale-like moated castle, once home to medieval monarchs. Next, enjoy a fish and chips lunch in the ancient city of Canterbury, and visit magnificent, 11th-century Canterbury Cathedral as you uncover its bloody history. Lastly, admire views of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover before returning to London.

Highlights

  • Boxing Day trip from London to Leeds, Canterbury and Dover
  • Spend Boxing Day at Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Avoid the hectic crowds in London the day after Christmas
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important churches in England
  • Marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel
  • See beautiful Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in England
  • Savor a traditional fish and chips lunch at a popular local restaurant in Canterbury

What You Can Expect

Boxing Day Tour from London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich

Visit the White Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel

Depart your central London hotel or central meeting point in the city on the morning of December 26, the day known as Boxing Day. Leave the city’s shopping crowds behind, and enjoy the views from the comfort of your air-conditioned coach as you travel south into the rolling English countryside.

Pass through historical Greenwich, known for its rich maritime heritage, and get glimpses of its famous National Maritime Museum, Royal Naval College and 18th-century Royal Observatory. Then, continue into the picturesque county of Kent, and visit Leeds Castle. This beguilingly beautiful, 12th-century castle stands by the Len River, and is encircled by a moat, enfolded in turn by lush parklands.

Soak up the sight of the castle, once a residence of England’s medieval monarchs, and learn how it was described by the historian Lord Conway as "loveliest castle in the world." Then, enjoy a guided tour of the lavishly furnished rooms as you learn about its tangled history.

Afterward, enjoy free time to stroll around the exquisite gardens, and then continue by coach to the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury. After a traditional English lunch of fish and chips at a popular local restaurant, pay a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, a splendid, UNESCO-listed church that has been a center of Christian worship for nearly 1,000 years.

Founded in 597 and rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries, the cathedral is one of England’s oldest and most beautiful. Marvel at the ornate architecture and luminous stained glass windows, and hear about it’s bloodiest moment — it was here in 1170 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered by the knights of Henry II.

Next, drive to Dover on Kent’s south coast. Gaze out over the famous White Cliffs of Dover, beloved by the English, and drink in the views of the English Channel and clifftop Dover Castle, sometimes called the ‘Key to England’ for its strategically important location.

Lastly, relax on your ride back to London, where your tour finishes at the original start point.

Customer Reviews

Ming Kong C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Amazing tour. Your guide is very knowledgeable. We had the best fish and chips in Canterbury.

Joyce R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A wonderful experience. Both the guide and the driver were excellent and went out of their way to make the day a very memorable one. Leeds castle is spectacular: the grounds and the buildings are so beautiful. There are no words for Canterbury Cathedral....the stained glass windows and architecture are magnificent.
How many have been fortunate enough to see France from Dover? Even our lunch was great.

Mickey79ar

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

It was a good experience. The castles were great, and so was the Canterbury church. Make sure to have good walking shoes. Tour guide was okay, but did not give much or a tour...it seemed more independent. But worth doing.

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