• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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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.


  • 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
  • Drive through Greenwhich and the scenic Kent countryside
  • Learn about the sights you see from an expert guide, with personal headphones for easy listening

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

Explore Canterbury Cathedral as part of your day trip
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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. 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

Peter N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The trip was fantastic. What really made this trip amazing was Oliver Simmons, our guide. He educated us not only about our tour but London itself. So knowledgeable! Also a huge shoutout to our driver, Steve. Made a special stop at Battle of Britain Memorial. Both of these gentlemen made the trip so memorable.

Keith United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Very enjoyable tour, nice way to see areas of England outside of London.

Iweefoster United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Perfect day trip! The Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover were the best and also just driving through the English countryside was so beautiful too! Tour guide was so informative and witty! I enjoyed every word! Highly recommend!

Zahid L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Katja was excellent as a guide and Thomas was a safe driver and got us to our destinations safe and on time. Katja's knowledge was amazing.

Cheryl K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great Day would totally recommend doing this one.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

We wanted to get from London to Dover to catch our cruise ship--this was a GREAT way to get there! You have to coach to Dover anyway, without private transportion, so CATCH THIS TOUR! It is a relaxing ride with three very interesting stops! Leeds Castle is in use, well kept and therefore interesting how it operates. The grounds welcome visitors. Nice to have lunch at Canterbury and see the historic Cathedral which dominates the very small, charming town- we wanted to stay longer. We pre-arranged for our tour bus to drop us off as we drove through Dover. We stayed in Dover 2 nights at the Premier Inn before catching our cruise ship in this small port - all was very easy! Dover is a small, delightful, historic well-run port, much as it has always been- and well worth a day and a half between travels to tour the genius White Cliffs of WWII and the town beach- the ferry to the coast leaves from here also. Found good Italian food here! Take this tour for a relaxing day trip to the southern coast to and from London- or get off in Dover to catch your ship or ferry!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Highly recommended!!!

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

I really loved this tour. On the day of my trip traffic was light enough that we were also able to visit the war memorial on top of the Dover cliffs, which was a nice bonus. My primary purpose in booking this was to see Canterbury Cathedral, and happily there was enough time there that I didn't feel rushed. The only thing that made me a bit nervous was finding my way back to our meeting place to re-board the bus. The guide gave good verbal directions but I would have appreciated a handout with a map I can't always get the GPS on my phone to cooperate when traveling internationally.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My family and I booked the tour of Leeds Castle, Dover, and Canterbury Cathedral and absolutely loved it! This was our first trip to London and we knew we wanted to do a day trip to see some sights. Debra our tour guide was AMAZING!! We loved her. She was so informative and full of knowledge that really added to the experience. And she was so nice and caring!! Our driver Calvin was wonderful and did an absolute fantastic job driving us around. The tour bus was extremely comfortable and was so relaxing to look out at the English countryside. Leeds Castle was a dream come true to visit a real medieval castle. And Canterbury Cathedral was incredible. Debra did such a wonderful job at leading out tour through the cathedral and explaining a lot about it. I can't wait to visit England again and book another tour with this company.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018


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