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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
London is fabulous, of course, but you don’t want to leave without exploring the English countryside for at least one day. Head southwest of London to the picturesque, historic sites of Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover. On your way, you’ll drive through Greenwich, home of the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian, where the world’s time is set. When you reach Leeds Castle, you’ll enjoy a private viewing of this glorious 12th-century castle before the doors open to the public. You’ll then visit famous Canterbury Cathedral and see the White Cliffs of Dover.

Highlights

  • Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover day trip from London
  • Exclusive private viewing of Leeds Castle and its fairytale moat
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral
  • See the famous White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle
  • Scenic drive through the Kent countryside
  • Entrance fees included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Great combination of castles, cathedrals and countryside! You'll have lots of photo ops during your private viewing of Leeds Castle, visit to historic Canterbury Cathedral and your stop at the stunning White Cliffs of Dover.

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What You Can Expect

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover

Leeds Castle

Pop in your state-of-the-art Vox headphones as your tour starts and listen to your guide talking clearly about each site.

Leeds Castle is a major English tourist attraction, but you don’t have to worry about pushing through big crowds on this day trip from London to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover, all in the Kent countryside. After departing London and driving through Greenwich, your first stop will be Leeds Castle. You’ll have an exclusive private viewing of the castle before the public crowds arrive, allowing you to experience the full splendor of the castle in relative peace.


Leeds Castle is famous for its setting on the shimmering lake that surrounds it – effectively creating a large moat. Dating back to the year 1119, the castle enjoys an idyllic setting in 500 acres of parkland and gardens, which make it one of the most picturesque castles in Britain. Admire the superb collection of medieval furniture and tapestries and Impressionist art. See the aviary of rare birds, the vineyard and the castle’s famous maze.

You’ll then head to Canterbury Cathedral. Built in the 11th century, the cathedral is linked to many great church figures – the most famous being St Thomas Becket, who was murdered there in 1170. The cathedral’s Gothic-style architecture is a lasting testament to its seat as the birthplace of English Christianity. It also plays a role in Chaucer’s famous The Canterbury Tales.

Finally, you’ll continue through the Kent countryside – known as the Garden of England, with its quaint villages and pretty landscapes – to reach the coast at Dover. Here you’ll admire the White Cliffs of Dover, standing 400 feet (122 meters) above sea level. Standing tall above the English Channel is Dover Castle, England’s largest castle.


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Absolutely great for a one day out!
Pick up at hotel was on time, guide had a great sense of humour in his commentary (I just noticed that he was "getting on in years" and had to correct a few of his facts along the way), adequate time in each place and suggesting a place for the meal with ordering ahead of time was a good idea! Thanks for a great day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour. Great guide and buses. Leeds castle is very nice to see inside and is a castle that is in use i.e. you can rent the banquet hall, rooms etc. Great for a getaway in the Garden of England (: Kent :). Canterbury very impressive and atmospheric. The Cliffs of Dover are a nice thing to check off your list since it's close enough to Canterbury and it's sorta nice to look across the ocean to see France (: albeit very blurry :) in the distance.

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