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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

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!

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved everything about it. Adequate time was allotted for each stop. Bus was clean and comfortable. The driver was friendly and competent, and the tour guide, Monica, was delightful. Would highly recommend this Dover trip. I have been before but well before the Battle of Britain Memorial was added. That experience was amazing and humbling.

Suzanne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Extremely interesting our tour guide was most know,edgable and helpful.

Ti M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent guide Debra and a nice tour. Leeds is great to see and go through, the Dover experience is greatly enhanced by being at the Battle of Britain Memorial, which is excellent. Canterbury is one of the few where picture taking is allowed, and Debra did a great job guiding us throughout!

Jeri W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Had a great time the views were wonderful enjoyed the history.

loiqranch1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip...so much to see in one day...great value....

Kay D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great day guide excellent, all went to plan, coach good, would recommend Evan Evans for the coach and Monica as guide. Will do more another time with Viator, many thanks.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Monica lead a great full day tour with detailed knowledge of each sight. She was bubbly and engaging. She suggested a great stop for lunch in Canterbury. An excellent day overall.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip. Extra time in Canterbury would have been better.

karens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent day out! Great locations and well organized itinerary--you get a lot out of the day, with very little dead time on the bus. The guide Debra was excellent and had lots of information for us about the history of Kent and the various sites we went to. She also had good tips for where to eat at each spot and how to get the most out of each site. My only complaint is that the departure was very disorganized. Evan Evans has about 10 tours leaving at the same time from Victoria Coach station, all through about 2 or 3 cramped gates. They kept switching gates on people and there was no PA system to tell people where to go or what was boarding next. It meant we all stood in a big, cramped lump pushing forward to hear what the guide at the door was shouting and then pushing back when it wasn't our turn. Meanwhile, half of regular London is just trying to get on their regular commuter busses and tromping past confused, cramped tourists. Debra's calm demeanour and well organized itinerary saved the day but Evan Evans needs to do better with its first impression! As an aside, Leeds Castle is amazing and well set up for families. If you have a bit more time, or are thinking about doing a country day out of London, consider staying over night or spending an entire day there--lots to do and many of the visitors were Britons themselves so it's a chance to interact with locals more than you do at most tourist sites where you really only talk to other tourists.

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