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Legendary churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and other famous landmarks await you on this day trip from London. Discover Leeds Castle before it opens to the public during a private, guided visit; snap photos of the striking White Cliffs of Dover; tour Canterbury Cathedral, immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer in ‘The Canterbury Tales'; explore the beautiful borough of Greenwich; and take in London’s world-famous sights on a sunset cruise along the Thames River.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury and Greenwich from London
  • Enjoy a private tour of beautiful Leeds Castle away from the crowds
  • Visit Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most famous and impressive churches in the world
  • Admire the white-chalk Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel
  • Learn about Greenwich’s important maritime history on a walking tour
  • Take a Thames River cruise past famous London landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

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What You Can Expect

Leeds Castle Private Viewing, Canterbury and Greenwich Day Trip from London

Canterbury Cathedral, England

Depart from Victoria Coach Station, and unwind during the drive to Leeds Castle, roughly one hour away. Built as a Norman fortress in the 12th century, the castle has a long, colorful history, from its time as a royal palace for King Edward I in the 13th century through to the American heiress, Lady Baillie, who was the castle’s last private owner. 

Enjoy early entry to the castle, so you can explore its buildings and grounds before it opens to the general public, and head inside with a guide for a private visit. Explore the bedrooms, chapel, banquet halls, galleries and courtyards. Then make the most of free time to wander around the gardens, lake and maze.

When the time comes, return to your coach and travel along the coast to the White Cliffs of Dover, a towering cliff face made of white chalk. Learn how the striking cliffs, which lines part of the English Channel, were the entry point for past war invasions, and then continue to Canterbury.

In Canterbury, take a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Christianity’s most important churches. You’ll also enjoy free time to have lunch (own expense) and explore Canterbury Old Town.

Return to London by way of Greenwich, a London borough notable for its maritime history, as the birthplace of many English monarchs from the House of Tudors, and of course, Greenwich Mean Time. Take in the grand sights, from palaces to parks, on a walking tour. Then, return to central London in the evening and conclude your tour with a sunset cruise on the Thames River.

Your tour concludes at Embankment Pier.

Customer Reviews

Tatyana Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Awesome tour! Able to get a tour of the Castle, view the insides of Canterbury, and had extra time for food and souvenir shopping. The smaller sized group was great!

Juli M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Leeds is a beautiful castle. Our tour guide on the bus and the bus driver were entertaining and a great driver. I really enjoyed the tour of the castle ahead of the public and would have loved to see more of the grounds. Our tour guide was great in the castle was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I wish we had all day to walk around the spectacular grounds and enjoy them. The lake with the birds was really lovely. Overall I thought the entire tour Leeds castle, Canterbury cathedral, White Cliffs of Dover and Greenwich ferry to Central London was too many sights in one day. Although I really enjoyed the Canterbury cathedral as well, we did not have time for lunch. The entire area around the Cathedral was packed with people and the restaurant where we tried to eat was not able serve 2 salads in over an hour. As a result, we had only the apples we brought with for the entire day. This wasn't healthy for my mom, who is diabetic. When we got to Dover the sun was setting, it was very cold and there were no food stands open. The beach was beautiful and the vision of the castle on the hill was breathtaking, but I was really hungry. When we got to Greenwich it was dark. we went back to see the sights the next day on our own. In short, this tour is a great value. However, bring plenty of snacks and water for yourself and prepare for a very long day.

john b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

we did this day trip while on holiday in uk ...our guide was well versed in all aspects of local history .when we did tour it was raining on and off but this did not stop us having a great day ...do not hesitate in booking this one

Alton S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very informative and nice. The bus was comfortable and our driver really friendly. It was quite an experience to hear the history of the different sites as we drove through the countryside. The private viewing of Leeds Castle was wonderful. The Cliffs of Dover were beautiful and we even got a peek of France across the channel. The Canterbury Cathedral is simply amazing! All in all an excellent choice.

Alexandra I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour ,we wish we had more time in Dover ,and get to experience Dover castle,but still we got to see a lo

Dolores O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good guide

Leah Michele A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Frank was an excellent guide - very articulate and well-informed, personable and enthusiastic!

Carol

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful day excursion. Arriving at Leeds Castle before the public was admitted and being able to tour the castle with our guide was fantastic! Seeing the Dover Cliffs and shore was very nice and the Canterbury Cathedral was wonderful. The park in Greenwich was very nice and the river cruise to end the day was very relaxing. The perfect day!!

Terry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good tour to get you out of London for a day. Canterbury was very interesting. Unfortunately, we were there on graduation day and main part of church was closed to tours.

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Steve, was great! My wife and daughter are still talking about this tour and Steve as one of the highlights of our 9 days in the UK. We had enough time to enjoy all three stops and the ride back into London on the Thames. Definitely worth the money.

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