Small group day tour to Canterbury, Dover & Rochester from London

Small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers, running every Friday, April to October only

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

Dover Castle: "The key to England"

On this small group tour you will get to see two famous English castles, namely Dover Castle and Rochester Castle, as well as the stunningly beautiful White Cliffs of Dover. You'll visit and learn about historic Rochester, a place frequented by Charles Dickens with a history of sieges and battles through the ages. Canterbury is a world famous city that is a joy to explore and Canterbury Cathedral is an absolute must. You'll even start this tour standing astride the Prime Meridian Line in Greenwich.

Canterbury, Rochester and White Cliffs of Dover tour highlights

  • Photo stop at Greenwhich Park Royal Observatory

  • Discover the history of Rochester and admire the 900 year old castle

  • Visit the White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle (castle entry fee not included)

  • Explore Canterbury on your own and join the guided walking tour

  • Luxury air conditioned 16 seat purpose built touring bus

  • Guaranteed departures, no minimum numbers, maximum 16 people

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Tour days, times, pick up/ drop off points

Runs April to October every Friday.

Departure times/ locations in London

8.45am - Next to the London Eye, on the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street SE1 7PB

Return time/location

8.15pm - Next to the London Eye, same as pick-up.


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Why choose this small group tour?

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Small Group Tour Bus

On this small group tour you travel in a small touring bus with a passenger capacity of 16 people. Other “standard” coach tours from London use full size touring coaches with around 50 passengers, and on a few tours over 70.


On a small group tour you will receive a personalised guiding service. The driver/guide is able to gauge where the interests of the passengers lie, tailoring commentary, sometimes itinerary to those interests And of course you have much better access to the guide to ask questions and be more informed.

Where possible, the tour will venture off the main roads down the country lanes into the countryside where the large tour groups cannot venture.


Cathedrals, Castles and Gardens of England - Canterbury, Rochester and Dover Tour - what to expect

Greenwich Park Royal Observatory

We begin the day with a photo stop at one of the best views across London. Greenwich Park Royal Observatory will give you a beautiful panoramic view across the city of London and you can stand astride the Prime Meridian Line and travel through time. Great for photos and a perfect start to the day.


White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle and Dover tour from London

White Cliffs of Dover

From Greenwich you will be driven along the old Roman road that leads to the historic city of Rochester. Your guide will regale you with stories of the sieges and battles that ran throughout the ages here. You'll also get a chance to admire the 900 year old Rochester Castle and walk through the quaint high street, discovering where Charles Dickens liked to frequent. There is some additional time to explore Rochester yourself before leaving for Chilham.


With our small minicoach we are able to leave Rochester using the narrow leafy lanes and offer some splendid countryside views of hop fields, farmlands, orchards and quaint villages. We have a short photo stop at the beautiful village of Chilham, part of the 'Garden of England' of Kent. Here centered around a square is a village pub, manor house and 15th century church, a lovely place to take photos.


Dover is a gateway to England and here you will get to see the incredible White Cliffs of Dover first hand, and on a clear day you will be able to see right across the sea to France. After this stop you'll take a short drive from the cliffs to Dover Castle.


Dover Castle is a very iconic castle and a breathtaking sight. Here you will have the option of paying an additional amount to explore the castle inside (current adult entry price is £20.90) or discover it's beauty from the outside. Choosing to go inside will open up the history of the fortress where you can climb the Great Tower, walk the walls, explore medieval interiors and dive deep within Dover's White Cliffs to see the drama in the secret wartime tunnels. You could easily spend a day exploring Dover Castle, on this tour you will have a couple of hours to focus on the areas that most interest you.

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Canterbury Cathedral

On leaving Dover we take the short 30 minute or so drive to Canterbury where you will have a couple of hours free time to explore.


We'll provide you with maps and recommendations so that you get the most out of your free time in Canterbury. Most visitors will want to visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. Cost of entry here is £12.50 for adults.


Once inside Canterbury Cathedral you'll discover St Augustine and the baptism of King Ethelbert in the year 597 as well as the brutal murder of St Thomas Beckett. Beckett's martyrdom of course 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 will see the tombs of many Archbishops, Edward the Black Prince and King Henry IV.


Elsewhere in the city you can explore the castle, the historic Westgate and the streets of timber-framed houses in the medieval city centre. Later on you can join your guide on a walking tour of Canterbury and learn more about its history, tales of its visitors and discover hidden secrets and passageways.

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Prices & tour reservations

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

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Sometimes on special occasions there may be slight changes to the tour, dates or price, so do check on the booking page linked below. 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 date drop-down at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process. Once we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.


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Alternative Canterbury and Dover tour including Leeds Castle, using full size touring coach

Includes private viewing of Leeds Castle

A similar itinerary to the small group tour except this tour visits Leeds Castle, typically using a 50 seat capacity coach.

This 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.


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