Journey to the Garden of England and visit the historic city of Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral, head down to the coast to see the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Ponder the bravery of 'The Few' at the Battle of Britain memorial and enjoy the beauty of Leeds Castle with its lakes and wonderful gardens.
Maximum 16 people per tour
Admission to Canterbury Cathedral, Battle of Britain Memorial & Leeds Castle
Visit to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs
Travel by executive minicoach with expert guide
We begin the day by heading Eastwards out of London to the county of Kent, known as the Garden of England with its fertile, mild climate. It has long been associated with the growing of produce for London so look out for orchards, vineyards and hop fields with their distinctive oast houses as we travel down leafy lanes to Canterbury. Here in this delightful city we enjoy an informative walking tour then a chance to see inside Canterbury Cathedral, learning of the arrival of Pope Gregory's ambassador St Augustine in 597 to convert the local population to Christianity. We also learn of the brutal murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 and the reasons behind this bloody crime.
After some free time, a short drive will take us to the edge of England, right by the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Time to dip a toe in the English Channel and admire the views of Dover Castle (and France, if the weather is clear!) before we drive to the top of the cliffs to visit the Battle of Britain Memorial and learn of the brave pilots and crew that fought against the enemy during the dark days of 1940.
We finish the day at the 'loveliest castle in the world' by heading over to stately and historic Leeds Castle with its charming grounds and beautiful old fortress standing in the middle of a lake. Learn of the English Queens who have owned the home over the many centuries and its links to royalty and the rich and famous of more recent times. Stroll around the gardens and try and find your way around the elaborate maze.
Central London Canterbury
Canterbury Capel Le Ferne for Battle of Britain Memorial
Capel Le Ferne Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle London Victoria
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will get back to London, it is usually between 6-7pm.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before departure time.
07:20am Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (MAP) (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance) Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road
07:30am Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
07:45am Outside The British Museum main entrance, Great Russell Street (MAP) Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road