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Small Group Day Tour Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover From London

Small Group Tour with a Maximum of 16 passengers, Guaranteed Departures Year Round, Every Tuesday


Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover Tour Included Highlights:

- Walking tour of Canterbury and entry to Canterbury Cathedral

- Entry to Leeds Castle and grounds

- Visit to White cliffs of Dover & Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

- Luxury air conditioned 16 seat purpose built touring bus

- Professional, expert, friendly tour guide

- Guaranteed departures, no minimum numbers, maximum 16 people

Days Of Operation & Duration:

Runs April to October every Tuesday.

Pickups in London between 7:20 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

The tour returns to London Victoria Train Station by around 6 p.m.

Victoria Train Station is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

Tour Itinerary:

The tour explores the South East corner of England spending most of the day in the county of Kent known as the “Garden Of England". The tour visits the two main visitor attractions in this delightful region, the historic city of Canterbury, featuring Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle, one of the most photogenic castles set in beautiful grounds.

Between the visits to Canterbury and Leeds Castle we visit the nearby historic port of Dover, the closest port of England to France and as a result of long historical interest from ancient times right up to modern 2nd World Warfare and the early pioneers of flight.

The Small Group Tour Difference

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 countryside.


International Friends Small Group Tour Bus

Small Group Tour Bus

The small group size means you are not subjected to long hotel pick-up journeys around London and as a small group the guide can offer a more personalised guiding service. So don't hang back, ask your questions and you'll be helping the guide tune their commentaries to the interest of the group on board that day, every group is different!

Another advantage of a small bus is we can go places the big tours cannot and wherever possible we'll head off down a country lane to to show some hidden gem.

Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover Tour - What To Expect

Canterbury

On leaving London 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.

 

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?" Unfortunatley 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.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral


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.

 

Elsewhere in the city there will be time to explore the castle, the historic Westgate and the streets of timber-framed houses in the medieval city centre.

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Dover

It is a short drive of only thirty minutes or so from Canterbury to the historic port of Dover. We take a photo stop at Dover Castle, a fortress and known as the key to England.


From here we make a stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial, the National Memorial to the Few. Here at Capel-le-Ferne it is a place for quiet reflection, with expansive views out to France as well as the famous White Cliffs of Dover. At the memorial we recall a less peaceful time, from July - October 1940, when the skies above Kent were witness to outstanding acts of bravery as nearly 3,000 men tried to change the course of World War II. The idea for a memorial came from one of the Few who survived, Wing Commander Geoffrey Page. He had been just twenty when he was shot down, a typical age for the fighters. You will learn of “Hellfire Corner”, the area where so much of the fighting took place. This was where the memorial idea was conceived, and finally after much fundraising, it was opened - with Geoffrey Page present - in 1993, by her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. You will be reminded of the words Winston Churchill - “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many, to so few”.

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Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Finally it is another short 30 minute journey to Leeds Castle, set within an island on a natural lake.

Leeds castle was described as the "loveliest castle in the world" by Lord Conway, an explorer in 1913. It has a history stretching back a thousand years, where the original stone castle was laid in the time of William the Conqueror's son, Henry I. Leeds Castle was once a Royal residence for six of England's medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII, and a retreat for the rich and powerful. The setting is simply idyllic.

The Norman castle was built on two small islands, in the middle of a lake, and is surrounded by a vast estate.

We will explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the setting and wildlife, which includes wildfowl, black swans and the birds of the aviary.

 

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After a guided tour through the gardens there will be plenty of free time to explore the castle and maze at the very centre of which is an exquisite underworld grotto, based on the classical theme, Ovid's Metamorphosis. The grotto is decorated with Greek mythological characters, each telling you stories, made in all natural materials, such as shells, stones, lava, bones and wood.

Leeds Castle - More About

Prices & Tour Reservations

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


Small Group Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover  Day Tour From London Ticketing

Departure Details

The tour makes several pick-ups at key strategic locations through major hotel districts in London

  • 7:20 a.m. - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

  • 7:30 a.m. - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

  • 7:45 a.m. - Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (nearest Underground Earls Court)

The tour returns to London Victoria Train Station normally by 6:00 p.m.


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