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Make your Christmas Eve in England extra magical with this full-day coach trip to Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover from London. Venture through London’s historical, maritime district of Greenwich, and visit fairy tale-like Leeds Castle in Kent. Admire this breathtaking moated castle, and tour its grandiose rooms as you discover its history. Savor a classic English fish and chips lunch in ancient Canterbury, and ogle UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral. Finish with views of Dover Castle and the much-loved White Cliffs of Dover, both gazing out to France across the English Channel.


  • Christmas Eve tour from London to Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover
  • Tour picturesque Leeds Castle
  • Savor a traditional fish and chips lunch at a popular local restaurant in Canterbury
  • See UNESCO World Heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important churches in England
  • Admire the White Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel
  • Tour stunning Dover Castle, one of the largest castles in England

What You Can Expect

Christmas Eve at Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover

Explore the majestic Leeds Castle before it opens to the general public!

Leave your central London hotel or another central meeting point on the morning of December 24, Christmas Eve. Then, watch the shopping crowds slip away as you head out of the city by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and begin your day trip to Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover.

Pass through historical Greenwich, known for its rich maritime heritage, and catch glimpses of its famous National Maritime Museum, Royal Naval College and 18th-century Royal Observatory. Soak up the views as you enter the county of Kent, known as the ‘Garden of England’ for its hop fields, orchards and rolling farmlands.  

Then, make your first stop at Leeds Castle, a stunning 12th-century castle by the Len River. Admire the picturebook castle and its encircling moat and gardens, and learn how the historian Lord Conway described this one-time residence of England’s medieval monarchs as the "loveliest castle in the world." 

Head inside for a guided tour of the lavishly furnished rooms, and as you explore, learn about the castle’s tangled history. Then, enjoy free time to look around the exquisite gardens and grounds as you please. 

Afterward, return to your coach and continue east to the ancient city of Canterbury. After a traditional English lunch of fish and chips at a local restaurant, head to the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral and take in this splendid, UNESCO-listed church: 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. Admire the ornate Gothic architecture on a walking tour around the exterior, and hear about the cathedral’s bloodiest hour —  the day in 1170 that four knights of Henry II headed inside to murder Archbishop Thomas Becket.

From here, continue to Dover on Kent’s south coast. Gaze out over the iconic 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.

Finally, drive back to London, where your tour ends at the start point.

Please note: Canterbury Cathedral is closed to visitors on Christmas Eve, so you will only see the exterior.


Lunch Sample Menu

Main Course
Traditional fish & chips

Apple pie

Tea or coffee

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