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Dover Castle & Canterbury Tour From London

Including Viewing Of The Famous White Cliffs of Dover

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury Tour From London Tour Included Highlights:

- Entrance into Dover Castle

- Visit to view the White Cliffs of Dover (Either a walk along the cliff-top or a walk along the beach (weather dependant – your tour manager will advise on the day).

- Visit to Canterbury & Entrance into Canterbury Cathedral

- Luxury air conditioned motor coach and services of a professional guide

Days Of Operation & Duration:

Runs every Saturday and Sunday.

Tour picks up in London between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. returning to London around 7:00 p.m.

Tour Itinerary:

After the Central London pick-ups, we journey east from London for the best part of two hours into Kent to the Dover Coastline to view the famous White Cliffs of Dover (Either a walk along the cliff-top or a walk along the beach weather dependant – your tour manager will advise on the day).

We then get back in the coach for a short trip to Dover Castle, where entrance is included, you’ll have free time to explore the castle and its grounds.

Finally we travel to Canterbury with free time to explore the city and entrance into Canterbury Cathedral included.

After our day in Kent we'll head back to Central London, where your coach driver will drop passengers at London Bridge Station Approximate return 7.00pm (May vary depending on traffic).

Morning Pick-Up Points In Central London

The tour bus winds its way around most Central London hotel districts picking up from strategic points. The timetable is:

Earls Court [7:30 am], South Kensington [7:40 am], Victoria [8.05am] Baker Street [8:20 am], Kings Cross [8:35 am], London Bridge> [9:00 am].

Detailed directions are provided on your confirmation.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle sits strategically upon the famous White Cliffs of Dover, overlooking the port and town far below.

Way back before the Normans started building castles in England the site was originally an Iron Age hill fort, and later housed a Roman lighthouse and later still an Anglo-Saxon church, part of a Saxon fortified settlement.

After the Norman invasion, William the Conqueror raised the first Dover Castle in earth and timber soon after invading England in 1066. From then on the castle was garrisoned uninterruptedly until 1958, a continuous nine-century span equalled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Secret Wartime Tunnels were dug deep beneath the castle, within the 'White Cliffs' themselves. For many the tunnels are the highlight of a visit.

Today you can tour the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Dover Castle, the Roman Lighthouse and much more. There is much to see, an average visit taking a whole morning or afternoon.

Canterbury Cathedral

For perhaps the majority of first time visitors to Canterbury, the big draw is to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the world-wide Anglican Communion.

Much of the history of Canterbury Cathedral predates the Church of England, notably Thomas à Becket assassinated in 1170 by followers of Henry II, the event that made Canterbury a major place of pilgrimage.

The history of Canterbury dates back to to 597AD when St Augustine was sent as a missionary to establish his seat in Canterbury. The church buildings have been built and expanded since that time with much built in Norman times when the Cathedral was completely rebuilt.

The best known event in the Cathedral's history was the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. Canterbury, always on the medieval pilgrim route to Rome, became an end in itself, as thousands came to worship at Becket's tomb, especially after his canonization in 1173.

Geoffrey Chaucer's pilgrims in his poem, The Canterbury Tales, were by no means unique.

When Becket was made Archbishop of Canterbury by King Henry II in 1162, he changed his total allegiance from the King to the Pope and the Church. Henry had expected his full support, and there were many conflicts between them.

Four knights, overheard the King's rage and took seriously his shout of "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" and promptly went to Canterbury and killed Becket at the alter.

Three days after his death, there began a series of miracles attached to his martyrdom. These are depicted in the miracle windows of the Trinity Chapel.

In 1173, Becket was canonized by Pope Alexander III. Pilgrims began to flock to Thomas' shrine in the Cathedral; a year later Henry, in sackcloth, walking barefoot, was among them.

Prices & Tour Reservations

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Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation. The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour, there are no paper tickets.

On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a calendar control at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process.

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