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Discover three of southern England’s top sights on this full-day coach trip from London to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover. Pass the maritime historical buildings of Greenwich on your way to scenic Kent, a county known as the ‘Garden of England.’ Take a private look around stunning Leeds Castle before the crowds arrive, and enjoy a privileged tour of UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral. End your day with views of Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and a visit to the nearby, iconic Battle of Britain Memorial.

Highlights

  • Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover day trip from London
  • Explore Leeds Castle and its fairy-tale moat before the crowds arrive
  • Get an exclusive tour of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Canterbury Cathedral
  • See Dover Castle and visit the Battle of Britain Memorial overlooking the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Drive through Greenwhich and the scenic Kent countryside
  • Learn about the sights you see from an expert guide, with personal headphones for easy listening

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A great combination of castles, cathedrals and countryside! You'll have lots of photo ops during your visits to Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, and your stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial overlooking the stunning White Cliffs of Dover.

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What You Can Expect

Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip from London with Guided Cathedral Tour

Explore Leeds Castle as part of your day trip

Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central London, and leave the city’s crowds behind as you journey into the English countryside on your day trip. On route, put on your state-your-art Vox headphones to clearly hear your guide’s commentary, and gain fascinating insight into the passing sights.

Travel through historical, maritime Greenwich, and glimpse its famous National Maritime Museum, Royal Naval College and 18th-century Royal Observatory, the home of the Prime Meridian, where the world’s time is set.

Then, head into the picturesque county of Kent, and arrive at Leeds Castle: a picturebook, 12th-century castle encircled by a moat and parklands. Head inside and take a private tour before the doors open to the public. Admire the opulent rooms filled with rich furniture, tapestries and artworks, and learn how the castle was once a residence of medieval monarchs. 
Stroll through the gardens, and perhaps navigate your way through the maze, a puzzle of geometric yew hedges.
Next, drive to the ancient city of Canterbury, home to UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral: a center of Christian worship for nearly 1,000 years. Founded in 597 and rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries, this majestic church is one of England’s oldest. 
Head into this serene cathedral, and enjoy the special privilege of a guided tour in your large group, as you listen to your guide’s commentary via your headphones. As you explore, learn about the church’s bloodiest hour — the day in 1170 when four knights of Henry II stormed inside and murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket.

Back on your coach, continue through pretty villages toward Dover on Kent’s south coast. Here, snap photos of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and visit the poignant Battle of Britain Memorial. Learn why this site is important to the English, and see England's largest castle, Dover Castle, rising from a hilltop.


Your tour finishes with a drop-off in central London.

Customer Reviews

Inna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was the highlight of the trip to London. Anthony Matthews is a pure history genius and will make the trip unforgettable.

Robert J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour of Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and the Battle of Britain Memorial in Dover. The tour guide was very good and knowledgeable about the history of every place we visited and she was very well educated in all the interesting historic places. Clearly she had done her homework. I highly recommend the tour and we are so glad we took it. An easy day trip out of London with someone else doing the driving! My only suggestion for improvement would be a different restaurant for lunch. It was pretty basic and institutional and there are other wonderful restaurants in Canterbury that would have been nicer. But except for that, gets a 99 out of 100 rating!

Ruchika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highly recommend

sylvia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We were hesitant to do this trip in November given the potential weather,but it turned out to be a lovely day for the most part and we really enjoyed ourselves. The trip was well organised and there was ample time to see things, it was a relaxing trip. Kevin the guide and Mark the driver did a great job to ensure we were all well looked after. Leeds Castle was lovely, I would like to go back sometime and spent a day wandering the grounds. Canterbury Cathedral was very impressive and I appreciate the time we had there in the town. Unfortunately the weather had closed in by the time we got to Dover, we did manage to glimpse the white cliffs but it was freezing and very cold. We didn't mind this too much though, we did get a glimpse of France and get some good photos and then back onto the bus for the trip back to London.

Laura L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I loved this tour. The castle and the cliffs were amazing! Canterbury was cute but nothing overly special. I felt like the time in each place was adequate. Great tour guys!

Lynne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful tour. Anthony and Michaelangelo were fantastic. Very well paced and kept our interest the whole time. Canterbury Cathedral was especially impressive. We booked another tour 2 days later which was equally good.

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A wondonderful experience! Great guide, comfortable bus, and ample time provided at each stop.

Les T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Long day on a coach , but Kevin filled in the ride with historical details and humor. We had some fellow travelers who could not seem to stay with the schedule. He handled it well. Bus driver was competent and personable. All in all it was a very nice day.

Diavolino

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing, so much cooler than I was expecting.

mrskimhelsing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely gorgeous tour! Loved our tour guide Charlotte... knowledgeable, funny, and bubbly. Leeds Castle is a must see.... It's is breathtaking. Families with their children were picnicking on the lawn as black swans slowly swam by. Very charming! The city of Canterbury and it's grand cathedral were full of beauty and bloody history. We enjoyed the little farmers market in the town square. To top off this amazing trip was our glimpse of Calais as we stood looking over the English Channel in Dover! Unforgettable!

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