Home to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Canterbury Cathedral and iconic White Cliffs of Dover, the cities of Canterbury and Dover make ideal day trips from London. Here are a few ways to optimize your time in the southeastern corner of England.
- Explore UNESCO–listed Canterbury Cathedral and the famous White Cliffs of Dover—two of southeast England’s best-known attractions.
- Explore the roots of Christianity in England at Canterbury Cathedral.
- Admire the mighty White Cliffs of Dover, and perhaps spin through seaside towns such as Deal, Kingsdown, and Sandwich.
- Trace centuries of royal history at the beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent, a medieval fortress located en route to Canterbury and Dover.
- With travel included, relax and take in the sites in comfort.
Things to Know
- Canterbury is 62 miles (99 kilometers) to the southeast of London, a drive of about an hour and a half.
- Dover is 81 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of London, about two hours away by road.
- Day tours from London typically last 10 to 12 hours, including travel time.
- Tours usually start and end in central London, and many also take in Leeds Castle and the maritime historical buildings of Greenwich.
Places to Visit Nearby
If you’re traveling southeast to Canterbury and Dover, don’t miss the chance to visit medieval Leeds Castle. With a history dating back to the 12th century, Leeds Castle is widely considered among the finest historic fortresses in Kent.