Dover Castle & Canterbury Tour from London

Includes viewing the famous White Cliffs of Dover


Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury Tour from London Tour highlights include

- 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

Days of operation & duration

Runs every Saturday and Sunday.

Tour picks up in London between 7.30am and 9am. returning to London around 7pm.

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 7pm (may vary depending on traffic).


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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:

Earl's Court (7.30am), South Kensington (7.40am), Victoria (8.05am), Baker Street (8.20am), King's Cross (8.35am), London Bridge (9.00am).

Detailed directions are provided on your confirmation.

 

White Cliffs of Dover

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.


Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels

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. 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.

 

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.

Dover details


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.

 

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.

 

When Thomas excommunicated some bishops, Henry snapped "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" Unfortunately for Beckett, four of Henry's knights interpreted this a little too literally, and rode to the Cathedral and sliced Beckett's head off. 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. He was canonised in 1173.

 

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.

 

You can see the stone stairway, worn down by centuries of pilgrims, often kneeling their way to to Trinity Chapel, where the shrine used to be before it was taken in the Reformation.

 

Also within the precincts and cloisters of this great cathedral lie the tombs of many Archbishops, Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV.

 

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 details

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.


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