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Cathedrals, Castles and Gardens of England - 1 day

  Tour Timings

Canterbury, Leeds Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover

This day trip operates April to October, available every Tuesday.

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  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Entry included to Canterbury Cathedral & Leeds Castle
  • Walking tour of Canterbury
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover & Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
  • Small group day trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to destinations impossible by large coach!
 

Detailed Tour Description

East of London lies the county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. We will tour the leafy lanes and winding roads, following the pilgrim's route to the great cathedral at Canterbury, admire Leeds Castle, the 'loveliest in the world' and stand high up on the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover and look outwards across the channel to France.

We travel over the Weald of Kent, past hop fields, orchards and Oast Houses to the city of Canterbury for a guided tour within its ancient walls and entry included to Canterbury Cathedral. Once in the cathedral, the cradle of English Christianity, we hear of St Augustine and the baptism of King Ethelbert in the year 597 and the brutal murder of St Thomas Becket in 1170. Within the precincts and cloisters of this great cathedral lie the tombs of many Archbishops, Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV. A wealth of architecture is revealed around every corner, from the Norman columns in the crypt to the illuminating arches of the Early English nave. Elsewhere in the city there will be time to explore the castle, the historic Westgate and the streets of timber-framed houses with their distinctive hanging tiles.

We depart Canterbury and drive to the historic port of Dover. On arrival on Dover there is a photo stop at Dover Castle, a fortress and known as the key to England. From here we drive along the White Cliffs of Dover until we arrive at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. Here we can look out over the ocean to France, have a view of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and recall a less peaceful time when the skies above Kent were witness to outstanding acts of bravery as less than 3,000 men tried to change the course of World War II and stop the Nazis from gaining air superiority and invading this country. Learn of pilots, planes, heroic acts, dogfights, casualties, let your mind absorb all this around you and remember those words of Winston Churchill - "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few".

border=0"Finally we proceed to Leeds Castle, set majestically within an island on a natural lake. The residence of many English Queens over several centuries, this popular home was described by Lord Conway as 'the loveliest castle in the world'. After a guided tour through the gardens there will be plenty of free time to explore the castle and maze before our return to London.

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.

Price Includes

• Fully guided lecture standard tour
• Walking tour of Canterbury and entry to Canterbury Cathedral
• Visit to White cliffs of Dover & Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
• Entry to Leeds Castle and grounds

Why choose this tour?

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort  you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to spend more time out of the vehicle. We also employ only the very best driver/guides.

Friendly and Professional Guides - Small Groups - More Scenic Routes - More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money

 

Departure Information

07.20AM Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (MAP)
07.40AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP)
07.50AM International Students House Car Park, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN (MAP)
08.00AM Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (MAP)

Please note, from 01 March 2017 onwards, our pick up locations will be: 
 
07.20AM Outside Ashburn Hotel, 111 Cromwell Road, Kensington (near Gloucester Road Tube station), London (MAP)
07.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP)
07.45AM Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (MAP)

This tour normally ends by 6pm

If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website  - click here

Make the most of your time with us

We prefer to spend your valuable time touring the places you have chosen to visit and we therefore offer a choice of 5 meeting points, which are easiliy accessable by public transport from all parts of London and form our natural route to the west. Many tours spend over an hour driving around the busy congested roads of London.