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Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury Tour from London

The only day tour from London visiting Dover Castle

Dover Castle, Canterbury and White Cliffs of Dover day tour from London
Entrance included to Dover Castle

Take a walk along the White Cliffs of Dover

This tour ventures south-east of London, covering an area often called the Garden of England. The unique selling point of this tour is that it is the only public tour from London operating regularly to pay a meaningful visit to Dover.

Other tours visiting Dover have nothing more than a photo stop or lunch stop between visiting Leeds Castle and Canterbury. This is the only day tour from London that includes a visit within Dover Castle.

BOOK TOUR   Tour highlights, days + times   About Dover Castle   About White Cliffs   About Canterbury Cathedral   Joining the tour   Alternative Canterbury & Dover tour  

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury highlights and tour details

White Cliffs of Dover
White Cliffs of Dover
  • Entrance into Dover Castle, the ‘Key to England’

  • Visit to view the White Cliffs of Dover, either a walk along the cliff-top or a walk along the beach (weather dependant)

  • Visit to Canterbury & entrance into Canterbury Cathedral

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

Tour details

Runs every Saturday and Sunday. (Wednesdays during summer months)

Departure

7.30 - 9am - 5 pick-up points in central London

Return

7-7.30pm - London Bridge Station

Canterbury

CANTERBURY AND DOVER

Canterbury and Dover tour from London

Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle and White Cliffs of Dover

Adult £105 • Child (5-17 years) £94

• Entrance to Dover Castle • Walk along the White Cliffs of Dover • Entrance into Canterbury Cathedral • Travel by air-conditioned vehicle • Professional guide 

Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels

Dover Castle Anderson Tours
Explore the secret war-time tunnels of Dover Castle

Dover Castle sits strategically upon the famous White Cliffs of Dover, overlooking the port and town far below and normally is the first attraction to be visited.

The ground on which Dover Castle stands site was originally an Iron Age hill fort. A Roman lighthouse and Anglo-Saxon church, part of a Saxon fortified settlement, can still be seen within the grounds. 

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.

During the 18th century, with the threat of Napoleon's invasion, secret tunnels were dug deep beneath the castle, within the 'White Cliffs' themselves, for use as barracks. By the time of the Second World War, they were made use of once again, becoming an extremely valuable asset for the British.

From 1939 they housed the command centre that controlled naval operations in the Channel; including the extraordinary evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk. For many the tunnels are the highlight of a visit.

As well as the Secret Wartime Tunnels, there is so much else to see at Dover Castle including the Great Tower, underground hospital and the Roman Lighthouse.

Dover - more about

White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover walk
Cliff or beach walk by the White Cliffs

An official Icon of Britain, the White Cliffs have been a sign of hope and freedom, a reminder of war time defence, for centuries. We will take a walk along the cliff-tops, or the beach, and look out to the busy English Channel. Whatever the weather, the experience of Dover is always something to enjoy. The views from the White Cliffs of Dover are perpetually changing.

When it is sunny, on a clear day you’ll be able to spot the coast of France. On a cold winter's day, the fresh air is invigorating, even in the rain, watching the waves crashing over the sea wall is a heartening experience.

The cliffs with their valuable chalk grassland, are home to many species of birds and butterfly, attracted by the wild-flowers that grow there. Exmoor ponies can be seen grazing, as part of the ongoing conservation process.

The cliffs have their own share of Britain's history and there are many stories of wrecks, two of which can be seen at the base of the cliffs. Your guide will tell you some of the history as you go along.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral
Admission included to Canterbury Cathedral

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

The ancient city of Canterbury has been the centre of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Its greatest treasure is the cathedral, infamous as the setting for the brutal murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170. His tomb can be seen in St. Thomas’s in Trinity Chapel behind the high altar.

Beckett's martyrdom lead to Canterbury Cathedral becoming the centre of one of the most important medieval pilgrimages in Europe, and inspiration for Geoffrey Chaucer's famous work, The Canterbury Tales.

Your ticket includes entrance to the Cathedral and also allows some free time to explore the atmospheric old town, the historic Westgate and the streets of timber-framed houses in the medieval city centre.

Canterbury - more about

Joining your tour in London

Anderson tour bus
Anderson tour bus

A choice of pick-ups

Unlike most day tours from London you have a choice of pick-up points from Kensington in the west of London to London Bridge in the east (see website for more details).

The tour ends at London Bridge, a major public transport hub where the Underground will quickly get you anywhere in central London.

The touring coach

A professional tour manager is aboard the bus the entire day and will provide commentary and guiding throughout as well as looking after entrance into the various attractions.

The coach may be a full size touring coach or a mini-coach.

Commentary is in English only.

Prices & tour reservations

Prices displayed on the banner link are the current prices for this tour.

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.

Canterbury

CANTERBURY AND DOVER

Canterbury and Dover tour from London

Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle and White Cliffs of Dover

Adult £105 • Child (5-17 years) £94

• Entrance to Dover Castle • Walk along the White Cliffs of Dover • Entrance into Canterbury Cathedral • Travel by air-conditioned vehicle • Professional guide 

Alternative Canterbury and Dover tour including Leeds Castle

Includes private viewing of Leeds Castle

This tour also visits Dover and Canterbury but has an additional stop at Leeds Castle; meaning less time at Dover.

Tour includes a private viewing of Leeds Castle before it opens to the public, a photo stop at the White Cliffs of Dover, a visit to Canterbury and a Thames River Cruise from Greenwich to Embankment Pier.

Canterbury

LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY, DOVER, GREENWICH

Leeds, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich tour

Visit Leeds Castle on a private tour plus Dover, Canterbury Cathedral and Greenwich cruise

Adult £106 • Child (3-16 years) £96 • Senior & student £103

• Enjoy a private view of Leeds Castle before it opens to the public • Stop by the White Cliffs of Dover • Entrance into Canterbury Cathedral • Thames River Cruise and walking tour of Greenwich

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