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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See three of Kent’s most popular attractions in one day (and leave all the logistics to someone else).
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.

Reviews

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P
, Dec 2018

We enjoyed our tour very much. Our guide Chrissy was fluent in English as well as Japanese and blended the tour impressively. Our driver Barry was skilled weaves in and out of heavily trafficked London’s narrow streets with finesse. Both Leeds Castle and Canterbury warranted a full day, a strict schedule kept us focused on the main attraction at each stop. Lunch was not included but there seems to be a relationship with a local restaurant because we were given the option to order from a set menu on the bus and the food (fish and chips) was ready upon arrival, which was nice. We would recommend this tour to others.

J
, Dec 2018

Chrissy was very knowledgeable and share this knowledge in a very positive, exciting manner. The mention that this goes through Canterbury should be clarified to clearly state that it is just a drive by.

L
, Oct 2018

Such a wonderful experience! I was traveling with my parents who can’t speak English. But we were all deeply impressed by our guide, a elegant, friendly and professional lady! Our tour number was 22, it’s a pity that I didn’t remember her name. I wanted to say thanks to her for remembering getting Chinese instruction for my parents. They didn’t understand what she was saying. But they knew she’s so kind! Highly recommended!

d
, Oct 2018

Generally speaking the trip is good. The Canterbury Cathedral, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, is very gorgeous and surprisingly you can find some modern decoration inside. The guide Andy Jackson is very knowledgeable. However, the cathedral tour is not a guided one as stated in the description found in Viator web site.

P
, Oct 2018

Enjoyed the tour. Guide OK, though could have done more guiding on way back. No music on bus. Loved the music provided by Thunderbush tours in Edinburgh, but none available on this Canterbury tour.

m
, Sep 2018

The tour was well organized with knowable lady instructor. The Leeds castle was wonderful and same time we visit there were a flower show which was amazing and the flowers arrangement all over the castle.The only problem was that the tour began at the victoria couch station which is far from the tube station and we needed to walk a lot.

C
, Sep 2018

Don't eat lunch at where they suggest in Canterbury! The food was absolutely horrible! Otherwise this was an excellent tour! Leeds Castle is amazing!!!!!! The bus is comfortable but no bathroom on board!

j
, Sep 2018

Our guide for the day was okay, but not the best. On the drive we passed, I assume, many points of interest and he didn't point out much. Literally not much in Dover. Canterbury was a big disappointment. It's in bad disrepair and us undergoing renovation so most of the interior and exterior is covered with construction materials. If the tour information had said something about that, I would have picked something else to do that day.

G
, Aug 2018

Overall nice way to spend a day out and great way to check a few sights off your list in a day. Really enjoyed leeds castle, lacked a bit of information from our guide before we headed in on the best way to spend our time here though. Cliffs of Dover was nothing spectacular but nice enough to say you saw them. Then on to Canterbury, after this trip I still don't feel I could say I've been to Canterbury, I can say I've been to the cathedral though, which was stunning. Would have loved even an extra 1/2hr to wonder the streets of Canterbury a bit more. My best advice if you're looking to do this trip is to skip the 'recommended' lunch spot, its overpriced and not very good and arrange to meet the guide at the cathedral. Wonder the streets and on the way find somewhere nicer to eat it won't be hard and see a bit more of Canterbury. Overall lovely tour guide and bus driver.

J
, Aug 2018

The tour starts with Leeds Castle where there's plenty of time to walk through the castle and then take a picture from the opposite bank to capture the entire castle. Then on to Cantebury where they offer to take you to lunch at your own expense. It's touristy food - fish and chips or pot pie and local ciders and beers. If you skip the lunch, the tour guide can take you directly to the cathedral where you can walk through on your own. You end up missing the tour guide's commentary, but then you'll have time for a fast food lunch on the way back to the bus. On my particular trip, we didn't end up making it to Dover as there was congestion at the Euro tunnel and we couldn't get to the cliffs in time and had to turn back. A nice excursion outside of central London. I hope to make it to Dover some other time.


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